HEAVY BURDEN: Marist Brothers player Lachlan Perren is smothered by the Northern United defence at Crozier Field in Lismore yesterday.
HEAVY BURDEN: Marist Brothers player Lachlan Perren is smothered by the Northern United defence at Crozier Field in Lismore yesterday. Marc Stapelberg

NRRRL: Evans trounces under-strength Devils as comp heats up

NRRRL competition leaders Evans Head easily accounted for Byron Bay on Saturday - but they needed to, with all their main rivals also winning to maintain the pressure at the top.

The Bombers defeated the Red Devils 44-10 at Stan Payne Oval, Evans Head.

Evans Head coach Luke Turner said Byron Bay had been badly undermanned with about six Under-18s running on in first grade.

"They had only two or three of their normal side," he said.

"But we can't afford to slip up with it being so close at the top of the table.

"All the other leading teams picked up two competition points this weekend and we know one loss could cost us several places."

Evans Head conceded the first try but hit back to lead 14-4 at half-time.

Turner said the Bombers' first half had been ordinary but their second was clinical, interrupted for 20 minutes by an ambulance called for a Byron Bay player with a dislocated elbow.

"Our best players were winger Brad Fletcher, prop Jared Stephenson and William Beale, who was strong off the bench," he said.

"Beale and Theo Hippi each scored three tries."

It doesn't get any easier for Turner and his team.

That was their last home fixture of the competition rounds - they finish with Northern United in Lismore next weekend then another tough away assignment at Murwillumbah.

In other NRRRL games:

  • Northern United edged out Marist Brothers 22-20 at Crozier Field, Lismore.
  • Ballina smashed Kyogle 60-0 at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina.
  • Mullumbimby downed Lower Clarence 22-20.
  • Murwillumbah defeated Cudgen 20-14.

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