Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Waters Burns Seagulls; Northern United Blitz Ballina to Maintain Top Dog Status

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Waters Burns Seagulls; Northern United Blitz Ballina to Maintain Top Dog Status

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Byline: STEVE SPINKS steve.spinks@northernstar.com.au

THREE blistering tries to centre Fred Waters highlighted Northern United's 48-16 romp over Ballina in round 12 of the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League yesterday.

Waters, who alternated between centre and wing, scored his first try from only 20 metres out but his next two were 90-metre specials that really started to blow out the scoreline just after half-time at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina.

Before Waters' magic, Ballina had shown some resilience to come back from 20-6 after 25 minutes to be only 20-16 down at the break.

However, the final 40 min-utes was where the high-flying United stamped their authority, running in five unanswered tries, four of them from long range.

United coach Chris Binge was understandably happy after the match as his side remained at the top of the NRRRL competition ladder after three games in a little over a week.

"It was a tired effort. I think the game against Mullum was pretty tough mid-week," he said.

"I thought our second half was great in that we didn't concede any tries. It's pretty simple. When our forwards go forward our backs can score from anywhere and we did that.

"Overall it was a tired effort but we'll take the points."

Waters' stocky stature belies his striking top-line speed and he singed the Seagulls' feathers when let loose.

The former Armidale player scored United's first try and had to wait until just after half-time to notch his second but it was the try of the day.

By that stage the visitors led 26-16 with Ballina pinning them close to their try line.

A number of hit-ups failed to make a dent in the defensive line so the ball was spun wide to Clarence Kelly, who started off the bench after turning out for NSW Country in their 28-24 victory over Queensland Country on Saturday. …

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