Berth in fi­nal se­cured

Sunshine Coast Daily - - LOCAL SPORT - Tom Thread­ing­ham Tom.Thread­ing­ham@sc­news.com.au

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.

PHOTO: RITCHIE DUCE - LEVEL ELEVEN PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

CRUNCH: Sun­shine Coast Fal­cons player Jeremy Hawkins slams into Dol­phins de­fence.

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