Molo emerges from a dark place to be in frame for Brisbane
THE Broncos will consider selecting Francis Molo for the NRL finals after the prop made an impressive return to rugby league yesterday.
Molo shred several defenders during two 20-minute stints for Norths Devils at Bishop Park yesterday.
The Devils were beaten by Tweed Heads 40-22 but for Molo, it was a crucial first step in returning to normality.
Molo is the next prop in the pecking order for the Broncos and it is understood he is a realistic option for their finals campaign because his size and power would provide a point of difference pack.
If he does make an NRL return this season it would be an amazing story after his tackle on James Ackerman tragically led to the youngster’s death.
Molo has played five NRL games this season, including four straight from Round 10 to 14 before the tragedy occurred.
Molo was actually better in his second 20-minute effort, proving he had stayed fit during his eight-week suspension for the tackle on Ackerman.
There was only one run in which he appeared to be hesitant in using his 115kg frame.
Broncos backs Lachlan Maranta and Dale Copley also played for Norths yesterday,
Brisbane’s with Copley impressive at left centre.
The Intrust Super Cup finalists are now confirmed.
The Townsville Blackhawks defeated Redcliffe Dolphins 46-22 in Townsville to cement the minor premiership in their first year as a club which is a remarkable effort by coach Kristian Woolf’s team.
PNG Hunters beat Burleigh Bears 44-24 in Port Moresby, with the Hunters qualifying for their first finals campaign and finishing second.
The Intrust Super Cup’s two expansion clubs, the Blackhawks and Hunters, lost just three games each this season.
On Saturday, Ipswich Jets beat Sunshine Coast Falcons 34-16 to cement third position while the game of the round saw Wynnum Manly pip Easts Tigers 17-10 to finish fourth which relegated the Tigers to fifth. Northern Pride defeated Central Capras 46-18 to claim sixth spot.
Under the QRL’s new finals format, the Blackhawks and Hunters have a bye week while the third-placed Jets have a home final this weekend against Pride, and Wynnum Manly face Easts.
The winner of the JetsPride match will play the victor of the Wynnum Manly and Easts game in a week-two eliminator while the Blackhawks and Hunters have a week-two grand-final qualifier.