Ballina opened up an eight-point gap at the head of the Far North Coast rugby union competition with a convincing 29-5 win over Wollongbar Alstonville on Saturday.

Lismore, 24-14 winners of defending premiers Lennox Head on Saturday, are in second spot on 25 points, one ahead of Wollongbar Alstonville.

Casino, 24-7 winners over Coolangatta Tweed on Saturday, are fourth on 20 points.

Saturday’s results:

First Grade
Casino 24 (Noam Dubart 2, Adam Bowen, Casper Repko, tries, Michael Barnes 2 conversions) d Coolangatta Tweed 7 (Mitch Planten try, Kane Jardine conversion)

Lismore 24 (Heath Conlan 2, Stephen Prosser, tries, Ben Felicioni 3 conversions, penalty goal) d Lennox Head 14 (James Barnes, Mathew Barnes tries, Adam Gordon, Braidon Boniface conversions)

Ballina 29 (Kane Scott, Ben Rippon, Trent Gasnier, Adam Fisher, Jake Smith tries, Kane Scott 2 conversions) d Wollongbar Alstonville 5 (Matthew Scott try)

Point Score – Ballina 33, Lismore 25, Wollongbar Alstonville 24, Casino 20, Coolangatta Tweed 12, Lennox Head 11, Southern Cross 6, Grafton 1,

Reserve Grade
Coolangatta Tweed 15 drew with Casino 15
Ballina 26 d Wollongbar Alstonville 3
Lennox Head 12 d Lismore 3
 
Under 19
Wollongbar Alstonville 7 d Ballina 0
Kyogle 17 d Casino 10
Mullumbimby 18 d Lismore 14

Third Grade
Ballina 50 d Lismore 0

Village Competition
Evans River 15 d Mullumbimby 14
Yamba 15 d Bangalow 7
Kyogle 14 d Byron Bay 7