Great effort from the Red Devils
The Byron Bay Red Devils did themselves and their supporters proud with a convincing 36-16 win on Sunday over second-placed Brothers side in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition.
The Devils played a flawless brand of football in the first half, with the forwards dominating their opponents and setting a platform for the backs, which allowed them to use their blistering pace and in the process score some spectacular tries.
The game was also aided by referee Greg Graham in awarding only two penalties in the entire match.
Brothers were constantly driven back by the strong defence of the Byron Bay side, who were quick off their line in defence.
Brothers also struggled to contain the Devils’ speedy backline.
The Devils went to half-time with a comfortable 22-6 lead.
The second half was played in a more conservative manner, but the Devils managed to pull further away to record an impressive victory.
The two positional changes of playing Brad Lees at five-eighth and shifting Lloyd Bowen to the back-row looks like a winner.
They both had strong games in what was a complete team effort.
The welcome return of Clarence Kelly added some zip to the side and he helped himself to three tries and will benefit from the run.
The reserves are on a roll and had another good win in defeating their higher-placed opponent 12-8.
The Devils travel to Casino this weekend.
Mullumbimby Giants kept their finals hopes alive with a 36-26 win over Kyogle at Kyogle on Sunday.
The Giants are now four points from fifth spot, but face some tough final games.
They are at home this week against Grafton Rhinos.