Cudgen pulled off a major upset in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League, beating NRRRL premiers Byron Bay 34-16 at Kingscliff on Saturday.
The win provided a bonus for Mullumbimby, whose 48-10 win over Murwillumbah allowed them to skip two points clear of Byron into outright third place.
It also allowed Cudgen to share fifth spot with Grafton Ghosts, but the Ghosts’ match against Marist Brothers was postponed on Saturday due to a wet field and they should win when the match is eventually played.
Competition leaders Northern United stayed on top, beating Ballina 48-16 after being held to 20-16 at half-time.
Second-placed Lower Clarence inflicted a second successive defeat on a Grafton rival, thumping Grafton Rhinos 60-22, following on from last week’s win over Ghosts.
Other weekend winners were Kyogle over Evans Head, and Tweed Coast over Casino RSM.
Points: Northern United 22, Lower Clarence 20, Mullumbimby 18, Byron Bay 16, Grafton Ghosts 14*, Cudgen 14, Grafton Rhinos 12*, Tweed Coast 12, Ballina 10, Kyogle 7*, Murwillumbah 6, Marist Brothers 5**, Casino RSM 4, Evans Head 4.
* Deferred match; results to be advised.
Round 13: Murwillumbah v Kyogle, Northern United v Grafton Rhinos, Byron Bay v Ballina, Evans Head v Cudgen, Tweed Coast v Mullumbimby, Grafton Ghosts v Casino RSM, Lower Clarence v Marist Brothers.
NORTHERN RIVERS RUGBY LEAGUE RESULTS ROUND 12
GRAFTON RHINOS V LOWER CLARENCE McKITTRICK PK S GRAFTON 12 /07/09
1ST LOWER CLARENCE 60 DEF GRAFTON RHINOS 22
RES LOWER CLARENCE 42 DEF GRAFTON RHINOS 32
18S GRAFTON RHINOS 20 DEF LOWER CLARENCE 10
CUDGEN V BYRON BAY NED BYRNE FIELD KINGSCLIFF 12/07/09
1ST CUDGEN 34 DEF BYRON BAY 16
RES BYRON BAY 12 DEF CUDGEN 6
18S CUDGEN DEF BYRON BAY (FORFEIT)
MARIST BROS V GRAFTON GHOSTS CROZIER FIELD LISMORE 12/07/09
1ST POSTPONED DUE TO WET FIELD
KYOGLE V EVANS HEAD NEW PARK KYOGLE 12/07/09
1ST KYOGLE 24 DEF EVANS HEAD 14
RES EVANS HEAD 42 DEF KYOGLE 14
18S KYOGLE 25 DEF EVANS HEAD 18
MULLUMBIMBY V MURWILLUBAH LES DONNELLY FIELD MULLUM 12/07/09
1ST MULLUMBIMBY 48 DEF MURWILLUMBAH 10
RES MULLUMBIMBY 56 DEF MURWILLUMBAH 10
18.S MULLUMBIMBY 12 DR MURWILLUMBAH 12
BALLINA V NORTHERN UNITED KINGSFORD SMITH PK BALLINA 12/07/09
1ST NORTHERN UNITED 48 DEF BALLINA 16
RES BALLINA 36 DEF NORTHERN UNITED 30
18.S NORTHERN UNITED 26 DEF BALLINA 24
CASINO RSM V TWEED COAST QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK CASINO 12/07/09
1ST TWEED COAST 54 DEF CASINO RSM 10
RES TWEED COAST 16 DEF CASINO RSM 12
18.S TWEED COAST 56 DEF CASINO RSM 6