It has been a big couple of weeks for the boys from Byron in both grades of Rugby Union.

After the first grade win in the season opener away against SCU, both grades faced a tough battle at home against last years premiers Wollongbar.

The Crabs came up winners in the first game with the score board showing 29 – 5 to the home team. The first grade were pipped at the post by the experienced WAR outfit with the visitors winning 29-23 in a tense and close affair.

Last weekend saw the boys in Blue travel to Lismore City to face both of the grades celebrating their 50th year at Rugby Road.

It was another battle from start to finish, Lismore bringing two very physical hard matched games to Byron. Both the travelling teams snatched the win with the Crabs score finishing 13-5 up and the first grade 31- 14.

Lismore City should not be under estimated and there have been some very sore bodies in the shire this week, they really stuck it to our boys.

With that said tomorrow Byron make the longest journey of the season and visit Casino. Its been a big effort by everyone involved in the club to call out as many Crabs as possible from the dudes to take on the Bulls.

The teams announcements are as follows:

First XV

1 Charles Woolard ENG

2 Will Rudkin ENG

3 Matt Sloyan ENG

4 Will Aisake AUS

5 Cash Chapman ENG

6 Jo Common FRA

7 Bedwyr Davies WAL

8 Dru Baggaley AUS

9 Blake Whittaker AUS

10 Fat 10 ENG

11 Hamish Thomas NZD

12 Joel Stocks AUS

13 Jordan Forster NI

14 Sam Shiner ENG

15 Loik Masvidal FRA

The Crabs 

1 Dan Richards AUS

2 Andy Teuma AUS

3 Josh Smith AUS

4 Anthony Barchard AUS

5 Chris Parsons  AUS

6 Dan Burnham ENG

7 George White AUS

8 Mark Howard AUS

9 Luke Sullivan AUD

10 Dan George WAL

11 Sam Ivers AUS

12 Romey Vassel ENG

13 Roberto Lynch AUS

14 Micheal Cooney AUS

15 Ben Darlet FRA

16 Wombat AUS

17 Eli Colby AUS

18 Eddy Brown ENG

19 Craig Wallace NI

Byron Bay Sand Crab player Sam Ivers told us”

“I used to play for Casino, always good going back to the old stomping ground, looking forward to playing against old friends and getting stuck in.

I have always preferred Crabs to Bulls, least with Crabs you know where you stand with them, unless you get them like I did last year, but thats another story.

Even more than the games I am looking forward to the famous bus trip, last year it was a ripper, however this year I have to sit up the front with the driver and drink water but i’m ok with that. Someone has to be the safety officer and I think I owe that to the boys this year.”

If you fancy the trip out to cheer on the boys 1st Grade kick off is 3:15pm and 2nd Grade at 1:50 at Albert Park Casino 2470.