Tweed Coast nine Dan Willoughby has been one of the best performers for the Raiders all season.
Tweed Coast nine Dan Willoughby has been one of the best performers for the Raiders all season. Mike Donnelly

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.

Country Champs

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.



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