Bangalow played Iluka at home on the new field in extremely hot conditions last Saturday.
Starting on fire, the home team controlled field position for most of the half, taking the easy penalty kicks to keep in front.
Iluka capitalised on some soft Bangalow defence to score the only try of the half, going into the break trailing 6-5.
Bangalow played the better rugby for periods of the second half, but couldn’t finish the job, kicking three more penalties.
Iluka scored yet another soft try through their backs to take the score to 12-15 with five minutes to go.
Iluka then secured the ball down Bangalow’s end and scored from a pick and drive to win their first game against Bangalow for more than five years, 17-15.
Fitness and attitude to training need to greatly improve before this weekend’s local derby against the fancied Byron Bay team being played at Byron.
Best for Bangalow were halfback Kegs Jennings and inside centre Mat Hill in his come back game.
Thanks to Ian Clapham and co for putting on the refreshments.
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