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.