Cougars thump the Devils to chalk up fifth win in a row
CASINO has won five in a row after thumping Byron Bay 28-6 in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino yesterday.
Ballina has also claimed the minor premiership for the first time in 21 years as the final round of the competition was completed.
Byron Bay will get another crack at Casino when they host the Cougars in the sudden-death elimination semi-final on Saturday.
However, they will need to lift and find something extra with the current form the Cougars are in.
Five-eighth Corey Torrens was a standout, along with former NRL player Matt King playing in the centres.
King put the finishing touches on a couple of tries and was all class on the field.
He had to leave 10 minutes early to catch a plane back to Sydney, but the game was wrapped up by then.
Casino winger Matt Roberts bagged a first-half double with Torrens also scoring a try to give the Cougars a 12-6 lead at half-time.
They scored another three unanswered tries with King putting the final pass on to front-rower Dave Fernando to score in the corner.
Hooker Adam Hollis used brute force to score his try before centre Anthony Robinson finished off some razzle-dazzle play, sparked by fullback Roy Bell and Torrens.
Byron Bay definitely has enough talent to bounce back on Saturday.
Centre Bill King finishes the competition rounds as the top try-scorer in the NRRRL while second rowers Cale Rowsten and James Griffiths, along with captain-coach Ryan O'Connell, tried their guts out.
In other games, Kyogle bounced back from consecutive losses to beat Murwillumbah 18-16 at Stan Sercombe Oval.
It was a big win for the Turkeys as a loss would have seen them slip to fifth.
Elsewhere, the Ballina and Mullumbimby game was abandoned due to wet weather.
Both clubs mutually agreed for the points to be split in Under-18s and reserve grade while first grade took full points.
Scores for remaining games were unavailable.
More on Ballina winning the minor premiership in The Star tomorrow