Cougars maul Rebels in huge upset


The Northern Star

IF Casino continue their late season resurgence coach Cavill Heugh may be a shoe-in for the NRRRL coach of the year.

The Cougars made it three on the trot on Saturday night producing their third upset in as many weeks defeating top four contender South Grafton 33-22 at Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino.

And according to player Brad Birney much of the turnaround in Casino's season can be attributed to the former Queensland Origin second-rower.

"I think so," Birney said.

"Cavill definitely knows what he's talking about.

Only a month ago, the Cougars were beaten by 50 points by Murwillumbah. But following that loss, Casino have accounted for the third-placed Cudgen, South Tweed and now top-four contender South Grafton.

Saturday night's match was a tense affair. Scores were locked 10-all at half-time and the teams traded try for try during most of the second stanza.

Something had to give and the Cougars firmly believe it was the Rebels' fitness.

CASINO 33 (Clinton Vidler 2, Andy Baker 2, Ben Birney, Cameron George tries; Gary Roberts 4 goals, Cameron George field goal) d SOUTH GRAFTON 22 (Paul Donovan, Mark Laurie, Steve Kirby, Xavier Sullivan tries; Dallas Waters 3 goals).

Reserve grade: SOUTH GRAFTON 28 (S Cromelin 2, T Daly, A Shields, J Curry tries; K Blanch 4 goals) d CASINO 24 (R Robinson 2, L Baker, W Torrens, E Hickling tries; W Torrens 2 goals).

Under-18s: SOUTH GRAFTON 22 (M Randall 2, C Walker, J Berton tries; W Randall 3 goals) d CASINO 12 (A Robinson, S Dietrich tries; A Robinson 2 goals).

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