Kelly’s try haul does the trick
The Byron Bay Red Devils remain on top of the table after the third round of the NRRRL competition after defeating Kyogle 36-18 at home on Sunday.
Clarence Kelly, playing in his first game with the captain’s armband, led the side from the front in bagging four tries in an outstanding attacking display of rugby league.
Once again the win was built on the back of a strong defensive effort, the Devils only completing six of 12 sets in the first half to go to the half-time break behind 12-8.
The second half continued as the first with the Bay constantly turning the ball over. Oddly enough, the turning point in the game came about from a turnover by the Kyogle side 30 metres out from their line. Clarence Kelly scored two plays later. He then blew the game wide open and put the game beyond doubt in scoring two successive runaway tries.
Others to impress were new player Matt Conner with a strong display in attack, and Mr Perpetual Motion, Seb Lamilla, who completed 51 tackles for the match. Brett Kelly in his first run-on game in first grade performed strongly in defence.
This weekend the Devils travel to Lismore to take on Northern United and should be strengthened by the return of four players to the side.
The Reggies had another big win in defeating their opponents 38-16.