The Byron Bay Red Devils took the long road trip to Grafton on Sunday and had a resounding 48-24 win over the Rhinos in what was an impressive start in defence of their 2008 NRRRL premiership.
The foundation of the win was set up in the engine room of the forwards, who took it up to their opposition with gusto, paving the way for the backs to play some sparkling football, resulting in a nine-try haul, with winger Jayden King scoring a hat-trick .
In the first half it took some time to blow away the cobwebs, with the side going to the break with a six-point deficit, being behind by 20-12.
But the signs looked ominous for the Rhinos and so it proved to be, with the Devils totally dominating their opponents in outscoring them by a margin of 36 points to 4 in the second half .
The reserves also got off to a flyer with an emphatic 38-12 victory in what promises to be a successful year.
This weekend the Red Devils host competition newcomers Northern United, with games starting at noon.
Mullumbimby Giants confirmed they will be strong contenders for the title after an impressive 30-22 win over last season’s runners-up Grafton Ghosts at Mullumbimby on Saturday night.
It was Ghosts who led early, putting on 12 points, but the Giants bounced back to level the scores.
The second half saw the home side take control and run in three tries.
Best for the Giants were prop Dan Molenaar and five-eighth Scott Hogan.
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