Casino’s Glen Smith bursts through the Lismore City defensive line as James Whitby tries to hang on.
Casino’s Glen Smith bursts through the Lismore City defensive line as James Whitby tries to hang on.

Greens light up rugby 10s event

NEIL Moran has spent the past decade bulldozing hapless opponents on the rugby pitch and it looks like 2014 will be no different.

The hulking tight-head prop may be a gentle giant off the field but when he pulls on his Bangalow guernsey he becomes a fearsome force.

"I just like running into other blokes," the 42-year-old said with a grin.

"I like throwing my weight around, I've got a bit of it.

"Is it worth all the aches and pains? Of course it is.

"I love it."

Moran and his teammates were one of eight sides from the region that took part in the Evans River Rugby 10s tournament in Saturday.

The event, which has been staged for the past four years, serves as curtain-raiser for the upcoming FNC Rugby season.

Warm conditions made life tough for the players but Moran wasn't complaining.

"I was feeling good," he said.

"We have been putting in the hard yards (in the pre-season).

"Most of the games are played in good spirit and it's good to be part of the day.

"We have a competitive squad this year at Bangalow and I want to be a part of it.

"We have a good crew on deck and it's a good competition."

Last season's FNC Rugby grand final winners Lismore City showed they could be hard to stop again in 2014.

The Greens took the carnival crown with a 29-7 victory over Byron Bay in the grand final.


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