On a gallop: Mustangs centre Richard Squires charges into a Ballina defender.
On a gallop: Mustangs centre Richard Squires charges into a Ballina defender. Blainey Woodham

Mustangs conquer Seagulls

MURWILLUMBAH Mustangs united and conquered Ballina Seagulls, proving there was no shortage of talent from the Stan Sercombe stable yesterday afternoon.

The Mustangs were like a well-tuned machine, spurred on by local pride at their home ground, securing a 36-24 victory in round six of the Northern Rivers Rugby League competition.

It was not an easy win for the Mustangs as they were matched by the Seagulls for almost the entire match.

Michael Ashburn notched two tries in the first half, only to be equalled by his opponents, with Robbie Myles and Eddie Killingbank scoring one each.

After the break it was a similar situation, with both teams strong in defence, but overall the Mustangs had the edge.

The Mustangs were relentless in their pursuit, led by Steve Carsons with two tries and six conversions.

Other top performances for the club came from Michael Ashburn, who scored a treble and Nick Forrestor one.

Coach Troy McLean said he was proud of his players and happy that they stuck to their game plan.

“Their aggression in defence is exactly what I have been looking for all season, and it was fabulous to see them today,” he said.

The Mustangs had a meeting on Tuesday night about how they would tactically play the game.

McLean said they had a discussion about refereeing decisions and how to get on with things after a decision is made.

“I think there are always calls that can be doubtful, which is the nature of the game, but what we are trying to get through to the players is to have a good attitude after a ref’s call and they did that today,” he said.

It is hard to pick who had the best performances but Sam Panting, Lionel Foster, Steve Carsons and Michael Ashburn were outstanding, McLean said.

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