It will be a big day on and off the field at Maclean Showground on Sunday when Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition pacesetters Lower Clarence and Northern United meet in the NRRRL match of the round.

Lower Clarence Magpies lead the competition, two ahead of Northern United. At stake could be the minor premiership, as well as a huge psychological advantage going into the finals.

The sides met in round two, with Northern United meeting stiff opposition from Lower Clarence. Scores were locked at 20-all in the second half before United skipped away to a 28-20 win in Lismore.

Off the field there will be a celebration of Indigenous culture as the clubs mark the United Nations World Day of Indigenous People.

Points: LOWER CLARENCE 28, NORTHERN UNITED 26, MULLUMBIMBY 24, BYRON BAY 22, GRAFTON GHOSTS 20, Grafton Rhinos 18, Cudgen 18, Tweed Coast 18, Ballina 14, Murwillumbah 10, Marist Brothers 7, Kyogle 7, Casino RSM 7, Evans Head 5.

NORTHERN RIVERS RUGBY LEAGUE COMPETITION ROUND 17

SATURDAY
U/18s COMMENCE 12 NOON  
KYOGLE V CASINO RSM SATURDAY 15/08/09
NEW PARK, KYOGLE, 1ST GRADE KICK OFF 2.45PM

SUNDAY
ALL U/18 MATCHES START 12 NOON

MULLUMBIMBY V  BALLINA SUNDAY 16/08/09          
LES DONNELLY FIELD, MULLUM, 1ST GRADE KICK OFF 2.45PM

GRAFTON RHINOS V EVANS HEAD SUNDAY 16/08/09
MCKITTRICK PK, SOUTH GRAFTON, 1ST GRADE KICK OFF 2.45PM
                              
MURWILLUMBAH  V TWEED COAST SUNDAY 16/08/09
STAN SERCOMBE OVAL, MURWILLUMBAH, 1ST GRADE KICK OFF 2.45PM

GRAFTON GHOSTS V CUDGEN SUNDAY 16/08/09
McGUREN PARK, GRAFTON, 1ST GRADE KICK OFF 2.45PM

BYRON BAY V MARIST BROTHERS SUNDAY 16/08/09
BYRON BAY R.L. GROUND, BYRON BAY, 1ST GRADE KICK OFF 2.45PM

LOWER CLARENCE V NORTHERN UNITED SUNDAY 16/08/09
MACLEAN SHOWGROUND, MACLEAN, 1ST GRADE KICK OFF 2.45PM

Round 18 (final round): Marist Brothers v Northern United, Casino RSM v Grafton Rhinos, Ballina v Kyogle, Cudgen v Mullumbimby, Evans Head v Murwillumbah, Lower Clarence v Byron Bay, Tweed Coast v Grafton Ghosts.