Berth in final secured
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Sunshine Coast Falcons have secured an Intrust Super Cup grand final berth after crushing Redcliffe Dolphins in the preliminary final.
The Falcons were dominant throughout the game at Dolphin Oval yesterday and walked off the field with a 40-14 victory.
The Coast crossed for three tries in the first half and continued its charge to the finish with a further four tries in the second stint.
Star half-back Ryley Jacks put in a man-of-the-match performance and was relieved to get some redemption over Redcliffe.
“It’s unreal to be going into a grand final (especially) after (losing to Dolphins) this time last year,” he said.
“I think we learned our lesson and we finished off the job today.”
While the Falcons were a scoring force on the day, Jacks believed the defensive effort was the best he’s seen in the competition.
“Our attack was good but our defence was just unreal,” he said.
“I know we let that try in at the end there but that was some of the best defence I’ve been involved in in the Queensland Cup without a doubt.”
Jacks was ecstatic to achieve his first grand final appearance in the Intrust Super Cup.
“It’s an unreal feeling knowing this time next week we’ll be playing (in the grand final) so I’m stoked,” he said.
Coach Craig Ingebrigtsen highlighted Jacks as an integral force on the field who “controlled the tempo of the game.”
“Jacks is just a fantastic player,” he said.
“You know what you get out of him every week when he comes up and if we get Jahrome Hughes on the field next week we are going to be hard to beat.”
While Ingebrigsten was confident of a strong showing from his squad, he never expected to walk away with a five-try gap.
“To get that result is probably a little bit surreal but we’ll take that and it’s fantastic,” he said.
The win secured the Sunshine Coast its first Intrust Super Cup grand final appearance since 2009, when it won the title
The Falcons will take on the Papua New Guinea Hunters in the final at Suncorp on Sunday. Ingebrigsten expected the Hunters to come out aggressive.
CRUNCH: Sunshine Coast Falcons player Jeremy Hawkins slams into Dolphins defence.