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Byron Bay rugby in winning form

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Two weeks ago the boys in blue and white took the long bus trip to play the Casino Bulls in the Far North Coast Rugby competition and came away with two wins to back up their double victory over Lismore the week before.

Reserves

The Sandcrabs (Reserve Grade) have found form early in the season and looked to continue their winning streak, making it three from three this year. 

Will Aisake and Jo Common helped the Crabbies to start the game like a bat out of hell with fast hands and excellent rolling rucks to have Casino on the back foot early. 

Andy Teuma and Roberto Lynch played like long-lost brothers, both running hard fast lines, looking for the offload. Mark Howard had an absolute screamer of a game, at times grabbing the ball looking for holes. 

Dan George rallied the troops, communicating well and guiding the forward straight up the guts.

Josh Smith’s enthusiasm and intensity at the back of the pack continued to pay dividends with yet another burst close to the line, charging over for his hat trick. 

Byron Bay won 29–14.

Firsts

In first grade the Byron Boys started well with some sharp hands and lightning fast clear outs leaving the opposition gobsmacked and sending Hamish Rowland over in the corner.

Dru Baggaley came onto the pitch ready to make an impact and James ‘Fat 10’ Bulmer worked hard.

Casino’s boot was their saviour in the first half, punishing the Bay when the ball was turned over after 50 metres of hard work. 

The Bulls came out firing after the break with some great hands putting Byron on the back foot. This momentum saw the Bulls execute an excellent set move off a scrum to score in the corner

By now the Bay’s lineout found its groove, setting the platform for Bedwin to score a screamer.

The Bay won 25–19 and showed true grit to pull off a double win away.

There was a bye in the competition last week.

Byron Bay now face Bangalow in the Battle of Byron Shire this Saturday May 5, at the Rec Ground, Byron Bay.


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