SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 28
Tries: Jeremy Hawkins (24m), Matthew Soper-Lawler (32m), Jahrome Hughes (46m), Jahrome Hughes (60m), Justin Olam (71m)
Goals: Guy Hamilton 4/5 Conv
MACKAY CUTTERS 18
Tries: Nicho Hynes (2m), Yamba Bowie (26m), Samisi Tyrell (50m)
Goals: Nicho Hynes 1/3 Conv, 2/2 Pens
The Falcons took care of the Bears while the Cutters impressed but fell short against the table topping Dolphins. A repeat of that performance would make this game a classic.
Last Time Out:
The Falcons saw both halves cross in the first half and with the opening try to second rower Jye Ballinger, they had this game in the bag early with an 18-0 half time score. Two late tries to the Bears gave them some respectability, but the nail in the coffin was hammered in after the left-wing Alexander Copelin crossed to push the final margin out to two tries.
It was a comfortable victory, not without scares, but controlled and professional. It is this control that will worry the visitors this weekend and they will have to do something special to disrupt this Falcons side that is now performing very well. Sitting only a point behind the Dolphins and Hunters, they are looking the goods as this season continues.
Mackay had headed into their clash last Saturday, with most writing them off before they even took the field. Nobody told them this and they took the game to the Dolphins with courage and desperation. The only scores in the first half came from the whistle and heading in at two apiece, they wore looking for the upset.
The second half showed that the Dolphins are a class outfit and they proved it by running in two tries in fifteen minutes. Once again, the Cutters could have folded, but they stepped it up and put a score in the Dolphins as they crossed for an unconverted try to Jordan Pereira with just under ten to go. The missed conversion kept the margin at eight and this was the final points in the game. A side that was very poor last season has been making serious improvements as this season progresses and may well get the upset in coming weeks.
Who to look out for:
The Falcons have some class in Ryley Jacks and he will come into consideration for the Storm during the Origin period. The 24-year-old is the difference maker in this Falcons line-up and in his second year with them is making his presence felt.
For the Cutters to make a game of this, it will fall to the front row and it not surprise me to see Nick Brown leading the charge. His season is developing well and he was a standout in the loss to the Dolphins. With 39 tackles and 124 metres, he combined both facets of his game to try and get them home.
How they will win:
Falcons will win this through their halves, both Hughes and Jacks are quality players and distribute the ball well and make solid decisions when under pressure. Either one of these players would be a game changer, having both makes for a good season for the Falcons.
For the Cutters to win, they will need to put in a similar effort to last weekend, especially focussing on limiting the time that the aforementioned Hughes and Jacks have to play the ball. If they can get the pack to step up against the Melbourne reserves, then they may well sneak home with some points.
Falcons are favourites and will be my selection for this game. Last weekend I said that if the Cutters could be within two tries of the Dolphins, it would be a win for them, they did it. This game may well be closer, but the Cutters are not there yet.
Falcons by 4.
Sunshine Coast Falcons
1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Samuel Young 3. Jeremy Hawkins 4. Justin Olam 5. Alexander Copelin 6. Jahrome Hughes 7. Ryley Jacks 19. Liam McDonald 9. Brandon Smith 10. Lachlan Timm 11. Dane Hogan (c) 12. Jye Ballinger 13. Jon Grieve 14. Jared Cherry 17. Martin Cordwell 18. Harrison Muller 20. Thomas Geraghty 21. Guy Hamilton
Coach: Craig Ingebrigtsen
1. Jack Joass 2. Yamba Bowie 3. Setaimata Sa (c) 4. Jordan Pereira 5. Nathan Saumalu 6. Nicho Hynes 7. Cooper Bambling 8. Braden Uele 9. Aaron Booth 10. Nicholas Brown 11. Andrew Davey (c) 12. Shane Wright 13. Lona Kaifoto 14. Jake Eden 15. Thomas Murphy 16. Kouma Samson 17. Jack Blagbrough 18. Jacob Pottinger 19. Leonati Feiloakitau-Fetuani
Coach: Steve Sheppard
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