There were mixed results for Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League newcomers Northern United and Evans Head in their debut games over the weekend, with United winning against Lower Clarence and Evans Head losing to Ballina.

Northern United met stiff opposition from the Lower Clarence Magpies, with the score locked at 20-all in the second half before United skipped away to a 28-20 win in Lismore.

In Ballina, Evans Head Bombers held Ballina Seagulls to 6-all for much of the first half, but wilted in the second session to lose 28-6.

At Mullumbimby, the Giants were impressive in beating last season’s beaten grand finalists, Grafton Ghosts, 30-22.

NORTHERN RIVERS RUGBY LEAGUE    RESULTS   ROUND  2

SATURDAY
NORTHERN UNITED V LOWER CLARENCE  CROZIER FIELD  18/4/09
IST NORTHERN UNITED 28 DEF LOWER CLARENCE` 20
RES LOWER  CLARENCE 40 DEF NORTHERN UNITED 26
18.S LOWER  CLARENCE 24 DEF NORTHERN UNITED 16

CUDGEN  V  MURWILLUMBAH   NED BYRNE FIELD KINGSCLIFF      18/4/09
IST CUDGEN  24 DEF MURWILLUMBAH 6
RES CUDGEN 24 DEF  MURWILUMBAH 6
18.S MURWILLUMBAH 20 DEF CUDGEN 10

MULLUMBIMBY  V  GRAFTON GHOSTS LES DONNELLY FIELD    18/4/09
IST MULLUMBIMBY 30 DEF GRAFTON GHOSTS 22
RES MULLUMBIMBY 28 DEF GRAFTON GHOSTS 16
18.S GRAFTON GHOSTS 14 DEF MULLUMBIMBY 10
SUNDAY
BALLINA    V EVANS HEAD,  KINGSFORD SMITH PARK  BALLINA     19/4/09
IST BALLINA 28 DEF EVANS HEAD 6
RES BALLINA 24 DEF EVANS HEAD 20
18.S EVANS HEAD 20 DEF BALLINA 18

CASINO  V  MARIST BROTHERS  QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK CASINO 19/4/09
IST CASINO RSM 18 DEF MARIST BROTHERS 12
RES MARIST BROTHERS 24 DEF CASINO RSM 20
18.S MARIST BROTHERS 34 DEF CASINO RSM 14

KYOGLE   V  TWEED COAST NEW PARK, KYOGLE                           19/4/09
IST KYOGLE 18 DREW TWEED COAST 18
RES TWEED COAST 34 DEF KYOGLE 24
18.S KYOGLE 18 DEF TWEED COAST 16

 GRAFTON RHINOS V BYRON BAY  McKITTRICK PK, STH GRAFTON 19/4/09
IST BYRON BAY 44 DEF GRAFTON RHINOS 24
RES BYRON BAY 38 DEF GRAFTON RHINOS 16
18.S GRAFTON RHINOS  DEF B.BAY   (FORFEIT)