Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Discipline Breaks Down; Yellow Cards Abound in Pioneers' Win

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Discipline Breaks Down; Yellow Cards Abound in Pioneers' Win

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

FNC RUGBY UNION SCOREBOARD

Wollongbar-Alstonville 22 (Joel Crowther 2, Bill Johnston tries; Sam Kerry 2 conversions, penalty goal) d Lennox Head 14 (Paul Crozier, Brad Lees tries; Adam Gordon 2 conversions). Half-time: Wollongbar 12-0.

Bangalow 28 (Otty Fifita, Ryan Duffy, Sam Rawsthorne, Daniel White tries; Matthew Tabb 4 conversions) d Ballina 27 (Mitch Knight 2, Jake Smith tries; Grant Knight 3 conversions, 2 penalty goals). Half-time: Ballina 17-14.

Southern Cross University 24 (Aaron Ashley 2, Grant McPherson, Matt Anderson tries; Zac Hyatt, Aaron Ashley conversions) d Lismore 19 (Dallas Flanagan, Glen Paisley, Darcy Ramsay tries; Riley Taylor 2 conversions). Half-time: SCU 12-5.

Byron Bay 28 (James Bulmer, Charlie Read, Marc Logan, Dru Baggaley tries; James Bulmer 4 conversions) d Casuarina 5 (Chris Luxton try). Half-time: Byron Bay 14-5.

Pointscore: Wollongbar 34, Lennox Head 28, Ballina 20, Southern Cross University 17, Byron Bay 16, Casino 15, Bangalow 9, Lismore 9, Casuarina Beach 9.

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

Reserve grade: Lennox Head 34 d Wollongbar-Alstonville 8, Ballina 19 d Bangalow 17, Lismore 43 d Southern Cross University 0, Mullumbimby 29 d Byron Bay 17.

Presidents Cup: Yamba 41 d Iluka 5, Murwillumbah 27 d Kyogle 5.

WOLLONGBAR-Alstonville kept their unbeaten run intact with a hard-fought 22-14 win over Lennox Head in the top-of-the-table clash in Far North Coast rugby union.

It was always going to be a physical encounter at Lyle Park, Wollongbar, on Saturday and each team had three players yellow-carded for infringements at the breakdown.

"It is a bit of a concern that there were six yellow cards from a game between the two top teams," Wollongbar-Alstonville coach John Jenkins said.

"The rucks were heavily contested and that led to a game with several cards, unfortunately. …

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