Last season’s grand finalists Byron Bay and Grafton Ghosts share the lead in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League after five rounds.

Ghosts today beat home-town rivals Grafton Rhinos, while Byron Bay beat Murwillumbah.

Both teams are on eight points, two ahead of Mullumbimby, Cudgen, Northern United and Lower Clarence.

In other results this weekend, Kyogle upset Mullumbimby, Ballina beat Lismore Marist Brothers, Cudgen beat Casino RSM, Lower Clarence hammered Evans Head, and Northern United beat Tweed Coast.

The NRRRL last week announced that the Northern United v Tweed Coast match had been deferred, but it went ahead today.

NORTHERN RIVERS RUGBY LEAGUE RESULTS ROUND  5

SATURDAY

CUDGEN  V  CASINO RSM  NED BYRNE FIELD KINGSCLIFF    16/05/09
IST CUDGEN 34 DEF CASINO RSM 16
RES CUDGEN 16 DEF CASINO RSM 10
18.S CUDGEN 32 DEF CASINO RSM 0

EVANS HEAD V LOWER CLARENCE STAN PAYNE OVAL EVANS HD 16/05/09
IST LOWER CLARENCE 60 DEF EVANS HEAD 8
RES LOWER CLARENCE 34 DEF  EVANS HEAD 24
18.S LOWER CLARENCE 16 DEF EVANS HEAD 14

SUNDAY

KYOGLE  V  MULLUMBIMBY  NEW PARK  17/05/09
IST KYOGLE  28 DEF MULLUMBIMBY 26
RES MULLUMBIMBY 38 DEF KYOGLE 18
18.S KYOGLE  34 DEF MULLUMBIMBY 14

NORTHERN UNITED  V  TWEED COAST  CROZIER FIELD LISMORE  17/05/09

IST NORTHERN UNITED 32 DEF TWEED COAST 26
RES TWEED COAST   32 DEF NORTHERN UNITED 24
18.S NORTHERN UNITED 34 DEF TWEED COAST 28

GRAFTON RHINOS V GRAFTON GHOSTS MCKITTRICK PK STH GRAFTON   17/0/09
IST GRAFTON GHOSTS 33 DEF GRAFTON RHINOS 20
RES GRAFTON GHOSTS 28 DEF GRAFTON RHINOS 20
18.S GRAFTON RHINOS 18 DEF GRAFTON GHOSTS 16

BALLINA V MARIST BROTHERS KINGSFORD SMITH PARK  BALLINA  17/05/09
IST BALLINA 26 DEF MARIST BROTHERS 6
RES BALLINA 16 DEF MARIST BROTHERS 10
18.S BALLINA 20 DEF MARIST BROTHERS 8

BYRON BAY V MURWILLUMBAH   BYRON BAY R.L. GROUND     17/05/09
IST BYRON BAY 36 DEF MURWILLUMBAH 6
RES BYRON BAY 38 DEF MURWILLUMBAH 8
18.S MURWILLUMBAH 40 DEF BYRON BAY  0

Points: Grafton Ghosts 8, Byron Bay 8, Mullumbimby 6, Cudgen 6, Northern United 6, Lower Clarence 6, Grafton Rhinos 4,  Casino RSM 4, Ballina 4, Kyogle 3, Murwillumbah 2, Marist Brothers 2, Tweed Coast 1, Evans Head 0.