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Casuarina defeated Palmerston 36-14 in a match played in torrential rain and shortened due to injury at Rugby Park last night.

With eighteen minutes remaining Palmerston forward Luke Schneider went down in a scrum and  complained of intermittent feeling in his feet.

With an ambulance on its way and the out-come of the match seemingly determined the decision was made by the referee in consultation with the captains of both sides to declare full time.

The Cougars were switched on from the moment the referee started time when they regathered the ball from the kick-off and within three phases loose forward Bobby Nurse had crossed for the first of his three tries.

Six minutes later Nurse was in again off the back of a line-out ten metres from Palmerston’s try line.

Casuarina’s third try came just 15 minutes into the match when Gareth Norman went in under the posts and Nathan Satala’s second conversion gave the Cougars a 19-0 lead.

Starved of possession the Crocs made the most of their first real opportunity when Tyrone Gersch-Mizen strolled over for a try after a scrum win.

A few minutes later Gersch-Mizen landed a penalty goal before Nurse got his hat-trick and a bonus point for the Cougars.

Satala missed the conversion but the 24-8 lead look formidable.

Gersch-Mizen landed penalty goals either side of half time and all of a sudden at 24-14 the Crocs were back in the hunt.

When Casuarina was next on attack they elected to take a scrum from a penalty instead of the points and Ryan McMurray scored two passes later.

With the heavy rain reminiscent of the codes halcyon days of wet season rugby the pace of the match slowed.

When Casuarina moved the ball close to the Palmerston try-line burly  Number 8 Joe Albert surged over for the Cougars sixth try.

Five minutes later Schneider went down in a scrum and after several minutes and with an ambulance on its way the decision was made to call full time.

Casuarina’s backline again looked slick while their forward pack matched with the Crocs after being monstered by them three weeks ago.

University defeated Darwin Dragons 26-10 after leading 14-10 at haft time. The Pirates then had to wait until 25 minutes of the second half before scoring their next points and then got their fourth try just a few minutes later.

Casuarina 36 B Nurse, J Albert, R McMurray, G Norman Tries N Satala 3 Conv Def Palmerston 14 T Gersch-Mizen 3 Pen

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