Sunshine Coast kept their chances of finishing the season on top of the Intrust Super Cup ladder no harm with a comfortable victory over the Central Capras in Rockhampton.
After losing last weekend to the Burleigh Bears, the Falcons couldn’t afford a slip up against the second last placed Capras this weekend, and they may have started to worry when the home side raced out to an early 12-0 lead after 11 minutes.
A burst of four tries in ten minutes gave the visitors the advantage of 22-12 by the 25th minute, and a try right on half time and just after extended that advantage to a match winning 32-12.
The Capras kept themselves in the game with two tries in the 50th and 58th minutes, and were only trailing by 12 points with over 20 minutes to play. Unfortunately for the home side the Falcons weren’t done and two tries in five minutes by the 72nd minute meant that the Capras suffered an eighth straight loss and find themselves last on the ladder temporarily until the byes are evened up.
At the other end of the ladder the Falcons remain second and keep the Hunters honest up top.
SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 44
Tries: Alexander Copelin (15m), Harrison Muller (20m), Scott Drinkwater (22m), Justin Olam (25m), Justin Olam (40m), Louis Geraghty (46m), Scott Drinkwater (67m), Louis Geraghty (72m)
Goals: Guy Hamilton 4 Conv, Khan Ahwang 2 Conv
CENTRAL CAPRAS 26
Tries: Gavin Hiscox (5m), Nathan Bassani (11m), Ken Tofilau (50m), Junior Kirisome (58m), Ken Tofilau (80m)
Goals: Cody Grills 2 Conv, Tony Tumusa 1 Conv
After a surprising loss to the Bears last weekend in Country Week, the Falcons need a win in Rockhampton to keep a hold of their second spot. As it is, their Storm feeder stablemate have joined them on 29 points and Redcliffe are just one point away.
It could all be different with a win, and if Redcliffe do the rest of the top 6 a favour by defeating the Hunters, as Sunshine Coast would be just 2 points behind PNG with an extra bye and better for and against. Effectively meaning they would be leading the competition.
They will have to deal with losing Ryley Jacks to the Storm, but the Falcons should be used to that and Guy Hamilton, who has been excellent for Sunshine Coast this year, will no doubt take charge to lead the Falcons to a win. The recent acquisition of experienced Intrust Super Cup campaigner Khan Ahwang at the back adds that little extra quality when they are missing the front line players.
Previous 2017 Result – Sunshine Coast 38 Central Capras 14
1. Tony Tumusa 2. Ken Tofilau 3. Justin Tavae 4. Nathan Bassani 5. Samuel Lollo 6. Cody Grills 7. Jack Madden 8. Oliver Percy 9. Krys Freeman 10. Jack Kavanagh 11. Liam Pickersgill 12. Guy Williams (c) 13. Gavin Hiscox (c) 14. Maipele Morseau 15. Junior Kirisome 16. Nathan Young 18. Billy Gilbert 17. Phill Nati 20. Lance Kuveu 21. Joshua Johnston
Coach: Kim Williams
Sunshine Coast Falcons
1. Khan Ahwang 2. Alexander Copelin 3. Jeremy Hawkins 4. Justin Olam 5. Matthew Soper-Lawler 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Guy Hamilton 18. Tui Kamikamica 9. Alex Bishop 10. Harrison Muller 11. Jon Grieve 12. Dane Hogan (c) 13. Lachlan Timm 14. Vincent Leuluai 15. Jye Ballinger 16. Liam McDonald 17. Sam Burns
Coach: Craig Ingebrigtsen
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