Murwillumbah Mustangs claim club championship
MURWILLUMBAH Mustangs have been crowned NRRRL club champions, after their under-18s squad came away with a second club minor premiership.
A-grade walked away with another win against Marist Brothers on 34-16, with big man Ali Brown in trouble again for what appeared to be an accidental high tackle.
This follows 100kg Browns punch-up with 63kg Brett Kelly in the last NRRRL round, which did not end well for the lighter Ballina player.
"He's going through the judicial process now," Mustang's captain Sam Panting said.
Panting was confident the Murwillumbah team could hold their top spot on the NRRRL ladder, on 28 points, coming into the semi-final against either Ballina or Grafton on August 25.
"Another win, with two to go and we've got it," Panting said.
"It was a really tough game, we only started with 12 A-graders but some under-18s and reserves stepped up and handled themselves really well.
"Now we've got a week off to mend some injuries and regroup."
Panting gave a shout out to Mustang's reserve grade, which will take on Casino in a decisive elimination final at Crozier Field, Lismore this Sunday at 1.30pm.
Murwillumbah sit on 28 points at the top of the ladder, followed by Ballina on 25 and Grafton on 24.
Lower Clarence Magpies have been the unfortunate recipients of this season's Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League wooden spoon, after going down to South Grafton 66-12 at the weekend.