CASINO was forced to finish with nine men when the Evans Head Bombers beat the Cougars 28-22 in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League at the weekend.
Two Casino players were sent off before another two were sin-binned in the final 10 minutes at Stan Payne Oval, Evans Head
Front-rower Tim James was the first to go for back chatting the referee in the first half.
Travis Falls was sent off midway through the second half for the same offence before being joined by hooker Simon Pederson and second-rower James Roberts.
"Our discipline could have been better but you can't help but scratch your head looking back at it," Casino coach Troy McLean said.
"We're no angels but there is no way we're that bad that we should be on the end of a 16-5 penalty count.
"The commitment from the boys was awesome and we had a chance to snatch a draw at the end after defending two sets on our tryline with nine blokes.
"All our first graders stayed around for a beer with the Evans boys after the game so there are no issues there.
"I guess it's just a lesson that we have to learn to keep our mouths shut on the field from now on."
In other games, Northern United and Murwillumbah had a hard-fought 10-all draw at Stan Sercombe Oval, Murwillumbah on Friday night.
The Dirawongs almost snatched another win at the death for the second consecutive week when winger Bill King scored out wide.
The conversion was waved away as the full-time siren sounded.
Elsewhere, Kyogle kick-started their season with an 18-16 win against Mullumbimby at New Park, Kyogle on Friday night.
Ballina and Byron Bay also had wins yesterday.
More NRRRL scores and pictures in The Northern Star tomorrow.
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