11 men thrash the Magpies

DESPITE having two players sent-off in the first 20 minutes Mullumbimby crushed Lower Clarence 36-10 at Les Donnelly Field, Mullumbimby, yesterday.

In one of the most remarkable results of the season, the Giants produced a style of football reminiscent of their slick grand final winning team of 2004 to blow the Magpies off the park.

Prop Adam McKenzie (7th min) and second-rower Brett Archibald (20th min) were both sent-off for high tackles and Lower cashed in to lead 10-0.

But by half-time the Giants had levelled the scores.

The home team than piled on 26 unanswered points in the second-half.

"You should have seen it," a delighted Mullum coach Dave Latta said.

"They (Mullum) just went beserk."

Remarkably, being reduced to 11 men seems to have helped the Giants remember their game plan from last season which relied on width and pace.

It was a game plan they had struggled to reproduce this year.

Reduced to just three running forwards, Mullumbimby had to play with width for lack of go-forward men.

It worked sensationally well.

Winger Joel Christie made plenty of yards as well as four breaks which resulted in tries after he was spurred on by The Northern Star's league columnist David Krause's derogatory description of wingers in his weekly column.

MULLUMBIMBY 36 (Joel Christie 2, Tim Abbott, Troy Smith, Simon Baines, Mitch Morris tries; Paul Latta 5 goals) d LOWER CLARENCE 10 (Adam Elliott 2 tries; Jason Wilkinson goal). Half-time: 10-all.

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