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Big round of local rugby this weekend as top teams get to flex their muscle

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Ball possesion: WAR had the better of Ballina last weekend playing at Alstonville. Photo Vicki Kerri

There was another round of big wins for the top teams in the Far North Coast Rugby Union first grade last Saturday, but this weekend’s clash between the Byron Shire Rebels (BSR) and Wollongbar Alstonville Rugby (WAR) could see either team suffer their first loss of the season.

Last Saturday both teams continued their dominance when BSR beat Richmond Range 52–12, and WAR beat Ballina 51–26.

These results leave BSR undefeated at the top of the table with 31 competition points ahead of WAR, also undefeated, on 30 points. But Ballina is a joint leader (31 points), but has played extra games with two losses on its sheet.

Casuarina Beach (23 points) rounds out the top four and have also been scoring freely of late. They have had three big wins in their last four games as well as a draw against BSR.

Grand final replay

This Saturday, in a replay of recent grand finals, where WAR have proved triumphant, BSR travel to Alstonville to take on WAR in two grades from 1.45pm.

It will be the first encounter for the teams this season and almost certainly a taster for finals rugby to follow later this year. A win will mean a lot to both teams.

The other top four teams will also get a chance to take advantage of the likelihood, barring a draw, that one of the top teams will lose.

Ballina take on Evans River who sit in seventh place with just two wins.

Casuarina Beach are also playing at home against the Lennox Head Trojans, who have just two wins from seven games.

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