SIX yellow cards and two send-offs saw Lennox Head struggle in a 33-17 loss to Lismore City in Far North Coast rugby union.
Fullback Adam Gordon and flanker Harry Witt were sent from the field after each receiving two yellow cards at Lismore Rugby Park.
Gordon was yellowed for a high tackle and later for dissent while Witt spent time off the field for repeated infringements at the ruck and for a high tackle.
Flanker Mick Muir and winger Martin McNamara also spent time off the field.
Lennox Head have had 14 yellow cards this season with 10 of those against Lismore City when referee Graham Cook has been in charge.
There were six yellow cards the first time the teams met, with twoof those given to Lismore.
Prop Greg Martin was the only Lismore player to be given a 10-minute rest in the game on Saturday.
Despite the heavy penalty toll, Lennox Head coach Jason McCombie wasn't making excuses.
"It was a tough game but I thought it was actually played in the right spirit," McCombie said.
"Lismore are the defending premiers and they played like it.
"We'll do it tough if we lose anyone through suspension, though. We'll probably have to forfeit second grade next week if that happens."
Lismore flanker Will Cotterill put in another standout performance, scoring a try along the way to lead his side to a win.
Wollongbar-Alstonville thumped Byron Bay 80-0 at the Byron Bay Recreation Ground.
New hooker Lloyd Morgan bagged a try-scoring double in just his second game for the club.
Wingers Penaia Leatigaga and James Vidler added two apiece to their season tally while centre Jack Downie ran in a hat-trick.
Elsewhere, Ballina fullback Joe Jansson scored six tries when Ballina belted Southern Cross University 95-10 at Quays Reserve, Ballina.
Younger brother Kurt Jansson scored two along with halfback Mitch Knight.
And Grafton had a 29-19 win over Bangalow at Grafton Rugby Park.
FNC RUGBY UNION SCOREBOARD
Lismore 33 (Greg Martin, Gavin Tulk, Chris Cotterill, Tom Bishop tries, Matt Bermingham 2 conversions, 3 penalty goals) d Lennox Head 17 (Scott Cardow, Jack Nash tries, Adam Gordon, Scott Cardow conversions, Adam Gordon penalty goal). Half-time: 18-10.
Wollongbar-Alstonville 80 (Jack Downie 3, James Vidler 2, Penaia Leatigaga 2, Lloyd Morgan 2, Gavin Short 2, Nat Regueira tries, Ben Damen 8, Tom Steer, Penaia Leatigaga conversions) d Byron Bay 0. Half-time: 40-0.
Ballina 95 (Joe Jansson 6, Kurt Jansson 2, Mitch Knight 2, Chris Long, Aaron Lupton, Andrew Burke, Jesse Field, Joel Staude tries, Luke Watling 8, Josh Cameron 2 conversions) d Southern Cross University 10 (Ed Kelly try, Pat Kelly conversion, Caleb Burke penalty goal). Half-time: 53-3.
Grafton 29 (Ben Stone 2, Ian Leota, Beau Deleiuen, Jon Chevalley tries, Nathan McPherson 2 conversions) d Bangalow 19 (Dan Hill, Neil Moran, Jock Craigie tries, Will Latham 2 Conversions). Half-time: Grafton 19-7.
- Wollongbar-Alstonville 64,
- Lismore 60,
- Lennox Head 55,
- Ballina 49,
- Grafton 35,
- Bangalow 26,
- Byron Bay 22,
- Casino 13,
- Southern Cross University 0.
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