Byron Bay Red Devils suffered their first loss of the season when defeated by their old nemesis Tweed Coast Raiders 20 to 10 in cold blustery conditions at Cabarita in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League on Saturday night.
The Devils are yet to defeat the Raiders since the Tweed club entered the competition three years ago.
Playing under sub-standard lighting and wet conditions that turned the game into a mud wrestle, the game became somewhat of a lucky dip as both teams struggled for supremacy.
Tweed Coast skipped to a 12-0 lead by half-time, scoring three unconverted tries from kicks over the top of the defence.
This proved to be a winning lead with the Devils having to play catch-up football for the entire game.
While Red Devils coach Nathan Cross was disappointed with the overall display and attitude of the Byron Bay team, he did praise the efforts of fullback Brad Lees and winger Duane Cahill.
This weekend Byron Bay hosts Grafton in a replay of last year’s grand final.
It was a different story for Mullumbimby Giants in their clash against Cudgen at Les Donnelly Field on Sunday.
The Giants ran out convincing 32-8 winners in very wet conditions to get back on track in the NRRRL competition after two successive losses.
For the Giants, Troy McArthur scored two tries, with Chase Nelson, Scott Gibson, Jay Hampson and Chad Grant each crossing for a try. Hampson kicked four goals.
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