Byron Bay 16 v Mullumbimby 10
For the Mullumbimby Giants, it was the one that got away.
For the Byron Bay Red Devils, it was two competition points that consolidated their top-four spot in the NRRRL premiership table – and a confidence-booster after some recent lacklustre performances.
As always, the local derby at Red Devil Park on Sunday was played with plenty of passion as the two teams tore into each other.
The Giants got the early break with a try to lock Andrew Moroney, and the Mullum side clearly dominated the first half with the Devils giving away too much possession.
Despite that, the Giants led by only 10-6 at half-time .
But it could have been more if Mullum halfback Chase Nelson had made the tryline after an intercept just before half-time.
Nelson was cut down in spectacular fashion by Devils fullback Brad Lees and bundled into touch.
It turned out to be a match-winning tackle.
The second-half was a different story, with the Devils taking control of the midfield with plenty of metres being made from dummy-half.
The effort paid off with winger Duane Cahill crossing for a try in the 67th minute which he converted.
Cahill notched up a double when he crossed the line again later to give the Devils a 16-10 win.
The Bay also was successful in reserve grade, winning a nail-biter 10-6.
The Giants under 18s easily accounted for the Red Devils with a 32-4 win.
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