The Sunshine Coast Falcons sealed a top 4 spot and a home final next weekend as they also delivered a message to the rest of the competition not to forget about them for the title with a dominant 42-16 win over Townsville Blackhawks in the only all top 6 clash of the weekend.
The Falcon’s form had been inconsistent over the last two months, and the win is timely to get them back on track where they will face the Souths Logan Magpies on the Sunshine Coast next weekend, a team that have already beaten them up there.
Sunshine Coast scored early and often, as it took them just three minutes to get on the board through PNG international Justin Olam. Townsville actually took the lead with their reply in the 9th minute, and it was some quick thinking by Michael Parker-Walshe who took a quick tap from a penalty and caught all the Falcons unawares from 20 metres out.
From there the first half was all Falcons as they scored another three tries and a penalty, and if not for better goal kicking would have been further ahead than the 20-6 half time score.
Townsville scored straight after half time to reduce the gap, but the Sunshine Coast put on two tries in two minutes to take control of the game, and they took it fully away from the Blackhawks not long after when they scored another two tries in three minutes in response to Townsville’s third of day.
There were no more points after the 62nd minute Falcons try, and both teams now turn their focus to knockout finals football. Sunshine Coast at home to the Souths Logan Magpies, Townsville head down to Suzuki Stadium to face Easts.
SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 42
Tries: Justin Olam (3m), Scott Drinkwater (16m), Alex Bishop (18m), Justin Olam (32m), Jahrome Hughes (45m), Tui Kamikamica (47m), Matthew Soper-Lawler (59m), Christopher Lewis (62m)
Goals: Scott Drinkwater 1 Conv, Guy Hamilton 3 Conv
TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS 16
Tries: Michael Parker-Walshe (9m), Oshae Tuiasau (41m), Jonathon Reuben (53m)
Goals: Carlin Anderson 1 Conv, Kyle Laybutt 1 Conv
A big game awaits on the Sunshine Coast for the final TV game of the regular season as the Falcons and Blackhawks look to improve their positions within the top 6.
The Sunshine Coast have dropped off at the wrong time of the year, some could point to the relationship with Melbourne Storm, but the other feeder side Easts seem to travelling nicely despite several players themselves. They had been on a run of W-L-W-L-W-L but spoiled that party last weekend by adding a second straight loss to the recent results.
The Falcons can finish as high as third or as low as fifth. The difference being that with 3rd and 4th they get a home final, and a 50 % chance to repeat this weekend’s match up.
Townsville have disappointed in 2017, but even still have made the finals, and are in a head to head battle with Souths Logan for 5th spot, although Souths Logan can go up to fourth with a win and other results.
Whilst not not super critical, it should be an interesting game that both sides will try and win and get some finals momentum. Blackhawks captain Dan Beasley has recently announced his leaving the club to go overseas, so it would be nice for the Blackhawks stalwart to go out in style.
Sunshine Coast Falcons
1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Alexander Copelin 3. Justin Olam 4. Jeremy Hawkins 5. Matthew Soper-Lawler 6. Guy Hamilton 7. Ryley Jacks 18. Tui Kamikamica 9. Brandon Smith 10. Harrison Muller 11. Christopher Lewis 12. Jye Ballinger 13. Jon Grieve (c) 14. Liam McDonald 15. Lachlan Timm 16. Christian Morris 17. Alex Bishop 19. Louis Geraghty
Coach: Craig Ingebrigtsen
1. Carlin Anderson 2. Paul Byrnes 3. Jordan Drew 4. Davin Crampton 5. Jonathon Reuben 14. Kierran Moseley 7. Michael Parker-Walshe 8. Francis Molo 9. Anthony Mitchell (c) 22. Oshae Tuiasau 11. Blake Leary 12. Andrew Niemoeller 13. Daniel Beasley 16. Kieran Quabba 17. Sione Lousi 18. Ross Bella 19. Sam Foster 15. Jordan Kenworthy
Coach: Kristian Woolf
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