Two late tries to the Norths Devils saw them defy a lowly ladder position and horror run of one win in 11 games to upset the high flying Sunshine Coast Falcons on the coast.
In a low scoring games of 5 tries in total, the Devils scored in the 70th and 78th minute to snatch the lead for the first time after the Falcons had opened up the scoring in only the 20th minute through Alex Bishop. Norths scored the only other points in the first half with a converted try in the 33rd minute to former NZ Warrior John Palavi.
The Falcons were first to score again in the second half when winger Alexander Copelin crossed in the 61st minute, but that 10-6 lead wasn’t to last when the Devils came home strongly.
The Falcons drop to fourth now with the loss, but shouldn’t drop lower than that with their for and against. Norths have now ensured they can’t finish last.
NORTHS DEVILS 18
Tries: John Palavi (33m), Luke Pollock (70m), Luke Pollock (78m)
Goals: Hayden Lipp 3/3 Conv
SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 10
Tries: Alex Bishop (20m), Alexander Copelin (61m)
Goals: Khan Ahwang 1/2 Conv
An important home game awaits the Falcons on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday afternoon, it is a game against a Norths Devils side who have lost three in a row and won just once in 11 games. On paper it looks an easy win for the home side, but as the Intrust Super Cup has proven this season , no game is a certainty.
The reward for the win is there for the Sunshine Coast, as the two competition points on offer will keep them in the race for the top two, and with the Hunters having such a difficult fixture they could take advantage.
The Falcons big worry in the past few months has been consistency – their previous form is LWLWLWLW, and whilst that is the nature of a team whose team can change from week to week with the feeder arrangement with Melbourne, which the Storm use so well, they can’t afford to do that comes finals time, especially if they land outside the top two and are in knockout mode for the finals.
It should still be a Sunshine Coast win, but the Devils players have a few more attempts to send outgoing coach Mark Gliddon out with another win. They should be safe from being dragged into the battle for last even if they don’t.
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. Liam McDonald 9. Alex Bishop 10. Tui Kamikamica 11. Dane Hogan (c) 12. Jye Ballinger 13. Jon Grieve 14. Vincent Leuluai 15. Harrison Muller 16. Louis Geraghty 17. Martin Cordwell 19. Thomas Geraghty
Coach: Craig Ingebrigtsen
1. Javarn White 2. Michael Lucas 3. Delouise Hoeter 4. Luke Pollock 5. Dane Chang 6. Haydan Lipp 7. Gary Riccardi 15. Stephen Coombe 9. Billy Brittain 10. John Palavi 11. Jarryd Dodd 12. Matiu Love-Henry 8. Darcy Maroske 13. Dalton Phillips 14. Danny Kerr 16. Tama Koopu 17. David Faamita
Coach: Mark Gliddon
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