Broadhurst bags four as Mustangs outmuscle Brothers
MURWILLUMBAH centre Jarrod Broadhurst scored four tries to help lead the Mustangs to a 38-22 win against Marist Brothers in NRRRL at Crozier Field, Lismore yesterday.
Murwillumbah were never likely to get run down after taking a 30-12 lead into half-time.
"They had a few big boys that made plenty of metres," Brothers coach Adam Mayes said.
"We regrouped at times but they had the game under control.
"I don't think we're far off where we need to be but we're leaking too many points against the top sides."
Mayes named hooker Jimmy English and lock Lennon Bartlett as Brothers' best.
In other games, Grafton Ghosts beat Evans Head 34-14 in a physical battle at Frank McGuren Field, Grafton.
The Bombers lost winger Jack Wythes in the opening tackle with a suspected broken jaw.
Ghosts took a commanding 28-4 lead into half-time and look to be back to their dangerous best.
"They were just too good for us today," Evans Head coach Luke Turner said.
"We were pretty excited for the challenge and we definitely have a lot of work to do.
"I think we were switched on but we just went away from the game plan and some of the things we wanted to do."
Second-rower Eli Cook and fullback Aaron Scells were among the standouts for Evans Head.
Mullumbimby scored a hard-fought 24-20 win against Northern United at Mullumbimby.
South Grafton notched their first win off the season, a 34-30 triumph over Lower Clarence at the Maclean Showground.
There is now a two-week break in the competition with the Northern Rivers representative team playing both weekends.
The Indigenous invitational Bundjalung game for the Timber Cup will be played at Oakes Oval in Lismore on June 8.
The NRRRL competition resumes when the ninth round on June 15 and 16.
- Grafton Ghosts 12,
- Murwillumbah 12,
- Kyogle 12,
- Evans Head 10,
- Ballina 9,
- Marist Brothers 6,
- Byron Bay 5,
- Mullumbimby 5,
- Northern United 5,
- Casino 4,
- Lower Clarence 2,
- South Grafton 2.