Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Bangalow Stuns Rugby Rivals; Sweet Victory for Coach against Byron Bay

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Bangalow Stuns Rugby Rivals; Sweet Victory for Coach against Byron Bay

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Byline: Mitchell Craig Mitchell.Craig@northernstar.com.au

FNC RUGBY UNION SCOREBOARD

Southern Cross University 40 (Dean Wilson 2, Latrell Hampton, Matt Anderson, Ben Prozinski, Zach Jackson tries; Ethan Creighton 5 conversions) d Casino 29 (Brock Armstrong, Corey Bennett, Ben Collison, Hayden Kent tries; Harry Cusack 3 conversions, penalty goal). Half-time: SCU 19-15.

Ballina 57 (Mitch Knight 2, Adam Thomas 2, Tom Watson 2, Cole Jack, Kye Spence, Ryan Boardman tries; Grant Knight 5, Mitch Knight conversions) d Lismore 5 (Sam Johnston try). Half-time: 36-0.

Wollongbar-Alstonville 54 (Matt Nean 2, Ben Damen, Jerry Faifaise, Louis Hollman, Matt Wright, Bill Johnston, Sam Kerry tries; Ben Damen 4 conversions, 2 penalty goals) d Lennox Head 0. Half-time: 37-0.

Bangalow 27 (Vitori Buatava, Isaac Hill, John Turagabeci tries; Vitori Buatava 2, Jackson Hagley conversions; Vitori Buatava 2 penalty goals) d Byron Bay 22 (Will Aisake, Jack Cooke, Troy Wynter, James Oakley tries; Nathan Nicholls conversion). Half-time: 27-0.

Pointscore: Byron Bay 59, Ballina 50, Wollongbar 48, Lennox Head 38, Bangalow 30, Lismore 17, Casino 15, Southern Cross University 10.

Next round: Byron Bay v Casino, Ballina v Wollongbar-Alstonville, Lennox Head v Bangalow, Lismore v Southern Cross University.

Reserve grade: Mullumbimby 46 d Bangalow 0, Wollongbar-Alstonville 17 d Lennox Head 7, Casino 30 d Southern Cross University 0, Ballina 30 d Lismore 0.

President's Cup: Iluka 69 d Kyogle 0, Evans River 30 d Yamba 0.

BANGALOW pulled of its best win of the season by ending the unbeaten run of arch-rivals Byron Bay in a 27-22 boilover in Far North Coast rugby union at Schultz Oval, Bangalow.

It was an impressive win for the Rebels considering they were already out of finals contention after being thumped by Wollongbar-Alstonville the previous week.

It was also a sweet result for coach Warren Fisher, who is new to Bangalow this season. He spent several years at Byron Bay before leaving the club in 2014.

Bangalow dominated early and took a 27-0 lead into half-time after tries to five-eighth Vitori Buatava, flanker John Turagabeci and second-rower Isaac Hill. …

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