NICE WORK: Wollongbar-Alstonville winger Vinnie Leatigaga is all smiles on his way to the tryline against Lennox Head last weekend
NICE WORK: Wollongbar-Alstonville winger Vinnie Leatigaga is all smiles on his way to the tryline against Lennox Head last weekend Vicki Kerry

Rugby Union: Bangalow won’t go away without a fight

SOME new additions have brought fresh life into Bangalow as they look to keep their season alive in Far North Coast Rugby Union.

The Rebels have had an inconsistent year but have showed signs of improvement in recent weeks as they prepare to take on Southern Cross University at Schultz Oval, Bangalow today.

Frank Lilomaiava and Bob Mataia have joined the side and will line up in the centres for Bangalow.

"This time of year is always tough, especially when you have some injuries," player-coach Neil Moran said.

"We had some blokes on the radar but with work commitments we're only just getting them on the field now.

"It's great to have some fresh faces to keep up that enthusiasm at the tough end of the season."

Bangalow has a favourable run home and is in a three-horse race with Grafton and Lennox Head for fourth spot.

They are sixth on the ladder but will have trouble catching Lennox if the Trojans win today.

It has been all hands on deck at Bangalow for the past month.

Moran took over from coach Ian Melhuish when he left suddenly before the halfway point of the season.

Veteran Will Cotterill, captain Tim Mundy and club president Dave Phillips have all helped with the running of the club.

"I officially retired last year but I've been back playing again," Moran said.

"We haven't made it easy on ourselves but we're in with a chance."

Meanwhile, it has been a long time between drinks for SCU with its last win in the first round against Casino.

They showed plenty of fight against Ballina last week and could pull an upset here.

Casino also stepped up last weekend and will need to fire against Wollongbar-Alstonville at Albert Park, Casino.

Lennox Head can go a long way to securing fourth spot with a win against Grafton at Williams Reserve, Lennox Head today.

And Lismore has been forced to forfeit its game against Byron Bay.

Ballina has the bye.

LADDER

Wollongbar-Alstonville 58

Ballina 56

Byron Bay 48

Lennox Head 32

Grafton 29

Bangalow 25

Casino 11

Lismore 10

SCU 5


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