The Sunshine Coast joined their Melbourne Storm affiliate Easts Tigers in overtaking the Townsville Blackhawks and Wynnum Seagulls with a hard fought win over the Wynnum Seagulls on Saturday afternoon on the Sunshine Coast.
Goal kicking eventually proved the difference between the sides as the Falcons landed one of their conversion attempts and bonus Penalty Goal, whereas the Seagulls converted neither of their two tries.
It took until the 34th minute for any score, and it was the visitors Wynnum who crossed the line first. Although the Falcons replied just before half time, and it was all square at the break.
PNG’s Justin Olam mustn’t be too far away from a chance at the Storm, and has been racking up some impressive numbers for the Sunshine Coast this season, including the try this week. A 72nd minute try to Wynnum made for an exciting finish, but the Falcons held on for their first home win of the season and a third in a row overall.
The win leaves the Falcons 2017 season with 3 Wins and 1 loss and a draw to start their season, that 7 points gathered leaves them nicely in the top 6. Wynnum meanwhile are now 1 point behind their Round 5 opponents, and have loss two in a row after a three game streak to start the season.
SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 12
Tries: Jahrome Hughes (39m), Justin Olam (51m)
Goals: Guy Hamilton 1 Conv, 1 Pen
WYNNUM SEAGULLS 8
Tries: Peter Gubb (34m), Benaiah Bowie (72m)
An intriguing game awaits on the Sunshine Coast this Saturday between the Sunshine Coast Falcons and the Wynnum Seagulls, if it goes ahead.
Both sides have lost just the once so far in 2017, the only difference is that the Falcons have one less win, but one more draw after a first round stalemate against the Tigers.
That game was at the Sunshine Coast Stadium, and the Falcons lost their second game at home in addition to that, so they are still looking for their first home win of the season. Their record on the road is no problem though, as their two previous weeks have seen wins on the road against the 2014 and 2015 premiers in the Northern Pride and Ipswich Jets.
Wynnum though might enjoy the wet after notching an impressive win on North Stradbroke Island against Tweed in the pouring rain two Sundays ago. On that day they came back from an early 18-0 deficit.
The key battle will likely be in the forwards given the conditions, and both sides have no one better than their respective captains. The Falcons’ skipper Dane Hogan has followed former Tigers coach to the Falcons in 2017, and Mitchell Frei returns to the Seagulls after a year in the Roosters system, spent mainly for Wyong.
PREDICTION: Sunshine Coast by 6
Sunshine Coast Falcons
1. Eddie Tautali 2. Matthew Soper-Lawler 3. Matthew Grieve 4. Jeremy Hawkins 5. Justin Olam 6. Jahrome Hughes 7. Guy Hamilton 18. Tui Kamikamica 9. Alex Bishop 10. Jye Ballinger 11. Dane Hogan (c) 12. Jon Grieve 13. Lachlan Timm 14. Brandon Smith 15. Harrison Muller 16. Christian Morris 17. Martin Cordwell 19. Thomas Geraghty 21. Liam McDonald
Coach: Craig Ingebrigtsen
Wynnum Manly Seagulls
1. Daniel Ogden 2. Peter Gubb 3. David Mead 4. Mitchell Buckett 5. Daniel Wallace 6. William Brimson 7. Travis Burns 8. Aaron Rockley 9. Mitchell Cronin 10. Stedman Lefau 11. Alex Barr 12. Mitchell Frei (c) 13. Brendon Gibb 14. Jayden Berrell 15. Ngarima Pita 16. Salesi Funaki 17. John Te Reo
Coach: Adam Brideson
Wynnum 10 Sunshine Coast 16
Sunshine Coast 30 Wynnum 28
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