CASINO centre Todd Johnson scored four tries in a dominant 49-16 win against the Mullumbimby Giants in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino yesterday.
Johnson is co-captain of the Cougars and was unstoppable in the first half, crossing the line three times.
He scored four tries in a game against Lower Clarence last year and has been the standout in a side that has only won three games this season.
"You've got to take them whenever you can get them," Johnson said.
"It's a great feeling and the boys are all pretty fired up.
"We were good across the park and we'll take a lot out of that."
The Cougars were never going to get run down when they took a 28-6 lead into halftime.
Shifting David Briggs into the halves from fullback worked wonders for the Cougars.
He scored a hat-trick and looked dangerous every time he touched the ball.
It was a disappointing performance for Mullumbimby, which was still an outside chance of making the semi-finals.
Losing fullback Troy McCarthur, prop Max Binkley and winger Zac Carruth to injury in the first half didn't help its cause.
However the first casualty of the afternoon was one of the touch judges when it looked like he tore a hamstring trying to keep up with Briggs as he raced 70 metres down the sideline to score.
The touch judge was given an early shower while a replacement had to be found.
McCarthur returned in the second half but the damage was already done as the Giants were out on their feet.
A field goal to five-eighth Grant Brown added further insult as the scoreline blew out to 39-6.
Hooker Adam Hollis, lock Damien Benn and second-rowers Gage Cash and Curtley Caldwell played well for Casino.
Late tries to Giants winger Zac Docking and centre Aaron Cook saved the visitors from further embarrassment.
"I'm really proud of how the boys aimed up," Casino coach Troy McLean said.
"I've always believed we have the ability to win these games.
"This is big for the club and the town and I'm so happy for the boys."
Casino 49 ( T Johnson 4, D Briggs 3, D Benn, T Jackson, K Willis tries; G Brown 6 goals; field goal) d Mullumbimby 16 (T McCarthur, Z Docking, A Cook tries; D Woods 2 goals)
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