Guy Hamilton was the star for the Sunshine Coast as he led the Falcons to another win, which keeps them second and just one point away from the Hunters at the top.
The Sunshine Coast halfback scored two tries, set up others, kicked 5/6 conversions and a penalty, and delivered a little salt to the Pride with 79th minute field goal. Not a bad day’s work. and doing a great job in the absence of Ryley Jacks who was on Storm duty.
The end result may point to a comfortable win for the Falcons, but they were pushed by the Pride who only trailed 18-16 halfway through the second half. But from when Alexander Copelin crossed in the 60th minute the Falcons flexed their muscles and took the game away from the Pride with a further two tries, and could have been more.
PNG fans will be happy with the progress of Justin Olam who scored two tries, and almost had a hat trick late in the second half. Probably not as happy as Falcons fans who continue to enjoy their team’s great run and lofty position on the Intrust Super Cup ladder.
SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 37
Tries: Guy Hamilton (10m), Guy Hamilton (24m), Justin Olam (39m), Alexander Copelin (60m), Justin Olam (71m), Jye Ballinger (76m)
Goals: Guy Hamilton 5/6 Conv, 1 Pen
Field Goals: Guy Hamilton (79m)
NORTHERN PRIDE 16
Tries: Bradley Stephen (35m), Khan Ahwang (45m), Gideon Gela-Mosby (56m)
Goals: Khan Ahwang 2/3 Conv
By Dan White
The Falcons grounded the Jets and the Tigers downed the Pride. With 250+ points in the differential, the Falcons will be looking out to down the Pride on the broadcasted game.
Last Time Out:
The Falcons were at home for the Jets and after sharing the spoils at half time, came out with a five try display that would have broken the Walker Brothers hearts. It was a passionate display and with Soper-Lawler crossing twice and singles to Jacks, Hughes and Copelin, showed that they score from anywhere on the field.
The Pride had tied the game up with 7 minutes left on the clock and so it was tough to see the Tigers cross with only a couple left on the clock. With the number’s even on the statistics it came down to errors and the failure of the Pride to hold on for what would have been a well-earned draw.
Who to Look Out For:
With Matthew Soper-Lawler moving to fullback for the Falcons, it places Nat MCGavin on one wing to join Alexander Copelin to form the back three for the Falcons. Unsure on why Drinkwater is absent, but it may give the Pride a chance with Stephen, Gela-Mosby and Jensen who have been in for the Pride when available. Both sets of backs are able to produce some entertaining games, how they play will be important if the Pride are to shut down the scoring of the Falcons.
How they will win:
Falcons are the favourites for this clash, but sometimes, when the game is being broadcast, a player may be a bit eager and commit mistakes that they do not normally do. If the Falcons young-guns can keep a cool head, they should romp away with this clash.
The Pride need to put on the attacking effort of last weekend, but to step up the defensive game. They are twelfth for a reason, but they also have wins over teams such as the Devils and were the last side to defeat Tweed. They are more than capable of pulling off the upset, even if this may not occur this time.
Falcons, and they should do it easily. The Pride are capable of pulling off the upset, but the Falcons should be way too good this time. Falcons by 12+
Sunshine Coast Falcons
1. Matthew Soper-Lawler 2. Nat McGavin 3. Donald Malone 4. Justin Olam 5. Alexander Copelin 6. Daniel Murphy 7. Guy Hamilton 18. Tui Kamikamica 9. Alex Bishop 10. Vincent Leuluai 11. Dane Hogan (c) 12. Jye Ballinger 13. Jon Grieve 17. Sean Yorston 19. Liam McDonald 21. Harrison Muller 22. Lachlan Timm 16. Thomas Geraghty
Coach: Craig Ingebrigtsen
1. Bradley Stephen 2. Gideon Gela-Mosby 3. Javid Bowen 4. Justin Castellaro 5. Marcus Jensen 6. Jordan Biondi-Odo 7. Jared Allen 8. Sheldon Powe-Hobbs 9. Ryan Ghietti 10. William Bugden 11. Tom Hancock 12. Graham Clark 13. Patrick Mago 14. Colin Wilkie 15. Troy Kapea 16. Keelan White 17. Darryn Schonig 18. Khan Ahwang 19. Luke George 20. Connor Jones 21. Joel Riethmuller 22. Kienan Grogan-Hayes
Coach: Ty Williams
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