The upset of the weekend came in St George as the Burleigh Bears did a lot of teams a favour by defeating the second placed Sunshine Coast Falcons in the south western Queensland town.
With all the big names in the Burleigh side it was Jake Carl, a police officer who has risen through country football in Bundaberg and the local Gold Coast competition who was the star on the day with a bag of four tries, making it eight tries in his last five games.
The first of his four tries came just before half time as the Bears extended their lead to 16-4 at the break, after opening the scoring in just the third minute. He had racked up his third try by the 53rd minute, by which time the Bears led 28-4.
Sunshine Coast made it an interesting finish with a four tries between the 62nd and 74th minutes, but Burleigh were just far enough ahead, and scored a late try just to be sure, the fourth to Jake Carl in the 72nd minute.
The win for Burleigh is purely academic as they can’t make the finals, but had it not been for the Titans injury toll and their associated poor start to the season they may have had a sniff of finals right now. Sunshine Coast have now lost three of their last five games, and finish the season against Townsville at home. Their lean run has allowed Easts and Redcliffe a chance to steal second place.
BURLEIGH BEARS 32
Tries: Sami Sauiluma (3m), Jamie Dowling (20m), Jake Carl (37m), Jake Carl (43m), Jake Carl (53m), Jake Carl (72m)
Goals: Jamal Fogarty 4/6 Conv
SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 26
Tries: Justin Olam (30m), Matthew Soper-Lawler (62m), Ryley Jacks (66m), Tui Kamikamica (70m), Matthew Soper-Lawler (74m)
Goals: Guy Hamilton 3/5 Conv
Burleigh Bears v Sunshine Coast Falcons
@ Rowden Park, St George
1. Kurtis Rowe 2. Henare Wells 3. Sami Sauiluma 4. Connor Broadhurst 18. Daniel Vidot 6. Dallas Wells 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Luke Page 9. Christopher Law 10. Matt White 12. Hayden Schwass 11. Jamie Dowling 13. Sam Coster 14. Paterika Vaivai 15. Ricardo Parata 16. Darren Griffiths 17. Dylan Kelly
Coach: Jim Lenihan
Sunshine Coast Falcons
1. Matthew Soper-Lawler 2. Alexander Copelin 3. Justin Olam 4. Khan Ahwang 5. Samuel Wright 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Ryley Jacks 18. Liam McDonald 9. Alex Bishop 10. Tui Kamikamica 11. Dane Hogan (c) 12. Jye Ballinger 13. Jon Grieve 14. Guy Hamilton 15. Harrison Muller 17. Christian Morris 19. Louis Geraghty
Coach: Craig Ingebrigtsen
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