Byron repels erratic Gents
AN undisciplined Gentlemen of Murwillumbah were beaten 24-13 by a plucky Byron Bay on Saturday in a game that was at times explosive.
The Gents were a vastly different team that won so well against Mullumbimby the previous week.
Injuries and other commitments forced coach Peter Crittle to introduce players not familiar with the Gents’ style of play.
Yet it was Crittle’s men who raced to an early 10-0 lead after only 12 minutes and looked likely to cause a huge upset.
Byron seemed rattled and for a time had no answer to the Gents’ ability to control the ball.
However, the hosts started to gain possession and their classy backline began creating opportunities out wide.
Guilty of poor kicking options, the Gents became frustrated at some decisions and it all came to a head with one of their best sin-binned just before oranges.
The second half began with some torrid exchanges in the forwards and as the Gents began to tire, Byron began to add to their score.
Retaliation for an alleged offence caused another Gent to have a 10-minute rest in the bin.
Brett Underwood, Chris Larkin and Lance Deakin were the Gents’ best, with half back Lance enjoying a particularly outstanding game.
The Gents hope to field a full-strength team at home to Iluka next Saturday.