The local league derby is always and the Byron Bay Red Devils have won the first game of the NRRRL season with a hardfought 20-16 win over Mullumbimby last Saturday night at the Les Donnelly Field.
The Red Devils had all the running in the first half, scoring two unanswered tries, as the Giants reorganised themselves after early injuries.
After the break the Byron side led by captain Todd Carney scored again to put the lead out to 14-0.
In the 60th minute the home side found their legs and scored their first try. Just two minutes later they scored again and were right back in the game at 14-10.
The Red Devils maintained their composure and intensity and scored a six pointer with ten minutes to go.
Mullum came at them hard and scored their own converted try right on the 80 minute final whistle, leaving the visitors with the 20-16 win.
The Red Devils were also too strong in reserve grade, winning that encounter 38-8.