Raiders claim bragging rights over Cudgen
THE Tweed Coast Raiders are the only team left undefeated in the NRRRL after Brent Kite's side overcame the previously undefeated Cudgen Hornets 18-16 at Les Burger Field on Sunday.
The much anticipated round eight clash between the NRRRL's two best sides lived up to all of the hype in front of a charged crowd at the Raiders' home ground.
The Raiders scored the first try of the match and led 16-6 at half-time before Cudgen fought back in the second stanza.
The home side managed to hold off the previously top-placed Cudgen for a memorable match that could presage an all Tweed-based NRRRL grand final later in the year.
In other NRRRL results across the weekend, Murwillumbah Mustangs trounced the Lower Clarence Magpies 36-2 to shore up its position in the top four. Third placed Mullumbimby continued the club's winning ways with a 24-18 victory over Marist Brothers. The Byron Bay Red Devils defeated Evans Head 26-0, Ballina Seagulls crushed Northern United 66-22 and Casino RSM plucked the Kyogle Turkeys 36-10.
Northern Rivers took out the NSW Country Rugby League final with Cudgen front-rower Caleb Ziebell winning man of the match honours after a gritty 26-22 win over defending champions Monaro Colts at Camden on Saturday.
It was a big effort from Ziebell, who came off with 15 minutes to go after dislocating his finger.
A try to Cudgen centre Ben O'Gorman saw Northern Rivers push out to 14-10 half-time lead.
Tries to Tyson Greenwood and Cleveland McGhie levelled the scores for Monaro, but it was Northern Rivers who sealed the win with Kyle Kennedy the hero after a late try.