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The Tweed Coast Raiders, coached by ten-time NSW Origin representative Brent Kite might have suffered a narrow 18-16 defeat to the Murwillumbah Mustangs on the weekend but they remain hopeful of achieving their second Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League premiership.

Tweed were down by eight at the halftime break but got back into the match following tries to fullback Lindon McGrady, winger Brandon Mathews and prop Daniel Ross with McGrady converting two from three goals.

Mustangs centre Tom Vickery, along with winger Liam Cusack and five-eighth Kade Hill recorded tries, with half Phil Ramage booting all three goals which ultimately proved the difference in the end.

Since the revamped draw for the four-team competition was released, the Raiders won 18-16 against the Bilambil Jets in Round 1 and remain hopeful of more success with six rounds plus finals still to go.

The Raiders shot to glory in 2018 when Kite first came to the club as coach. They won their maiden NRRRL premiership, defeating Ballina Seagulls 24-4, and winning CRL’s Clayton Cup for the best-performed Rugby League team in regional NSW that season.

Tweed Coast will take on the Cudgen Hornets at home at Les Burger Field this Sunday, who will be looking to bounce back after a 22-18 loss to Bilambil on the weekend.