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The Bangalow rugby club has signalled they are ready to make a charge for the finals after defeating third-placed Ballina by a point on the hooter at home on Saturday.

In a day of closely battled rugby the Ballina reserve grade squad just got past the home side to win 19–17.

But the resurgent Bangalow firsts were able to get their own back by slotting a conversion after the siren to win the game 28–27.

Ballina had the jump at half time leading 17–14, but  the lead did change several times through the game, Bangalow president Dave Phillips said.

With minutes to go Bangalow was six points behind before they scored in the corner in the final minutes of the game. With the conversion  to come Bangalow trailed by one, but a precision strike by fullback Matt Tabb delivered a great win to the home side.

Bangalow have had a tough start to the season and were sitting on the bottom of the table when they took on third-placed Ballina.

‘We thought we had a chance, but we knew it would be tough,’ Dave said.

The Bangalow side has now put together two wins in a row and is showing a ‘new confidence,’ he said.

In the second half of the season the side could become a ‘major force,’ he said.

The team lost two crucial players for the season in the first two rounds and have finally been able to recruit new players and slot them into the side.

‘The team is now getting good numbers to training and is able to get some consistency in both the forwards and backs,’ he said.


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