CUDGEN prop Dan Donovan hits Mullumbimby rival Adam McKenzie high during a spirited Northern Rivers Rugby League clash at Ned B
CUDGEN prop Dan Donovan hits Mullumbimby rival Adam McKenzie high during a spirited Northern Rivers Rugby League clash at Ned B

AIMING HIGH

By Bob Anthony

TWEED teams have a stranglehold on the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League premiership after Cudgen and Murwillumbah won crucial matches at the weekend.

The Mustangs showed their class in the top-of-the-table clash against Kyogle at Stan Sercombe Oval on Saturday night, eclipsing the visitors 38-10, while Cudgen proved too good for Mullumbimby at Kingscliff yesterday, running out 26-18 winners.

Murwillumbah have a chance to grab sole ownership of the competition lead when they take on Tweed Coast tomorrow night at Les Burger Field in a catch-up game.

With only five rounds remaining before the finals series, both Murwillumbah and Cudgen have a slight break over the other contenders and their round 17 clash in Murwillumbah on July 30 is shaping up as a preview to the grand final.

However, before that Cudgen will play third-placed Kyogle next week while Murwillumbah will face a crunch game against Lismore in round 16.

In reserve grade, Cudgen grabbed the outright lead in the premiership race after a thrilling win over Mullumbimby yesterday while Murwillumbah moved into joint second spot with a win over Kyogle.

In the under-18 competition, Cudgen and South Tweed lead the way for Tweed teams with a share of third spot behind Marist Brothers and Mullumbimby respectively, with Murwillumbah rounding out the top five.



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