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Mullum Giants struggle for their first win as local match-up looms

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The Mullumumbimby Giants will face an uphill battle searching for their first win of the season playing away in this weekend’s derby against the in-form Byron Bay Red Devils.

Despite a half-time lead of 12–6 the Giants lost their first home game of the season against Tweed Coast 24–14 last Sunday at the Les Donnelly Field.

Without a win to their credit they are languishing at the bottom of the table along with the Evans Head Bombers.

Tweed Coast have only lost one game this season and that was against Byron Bay, who have come out in good form under new captain coach Todd Carney.

The Red devils sit in second place on the table after securing a 26-all draw against Cudgen on the weekend.

The Byron Bay Red Devils came away with a 26-all draw but not without a scare at the backend of the game.

They led 12–10 at half time and then scored another two tries to go further in front.

But with 12 minutes to go Cudgen threw out the challenge scoring three tries from a glut of possession mainly engineered by their half Harry Fitzhugh, who kicked three 40-20s and at the same time restricted the Devils to one completion.

‘The fulltime hooter could not come quickly enough for the Bay, who were well and truly gassed,’ Byron’s Dave Garsed said.

Next Sunday all the local rugby league action kicks off at 10.45 at Red Devil park in Byron with the main game kicking off at 2.45pm.


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