Roost­ers’ late burst seals deal

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON

BUR­DEKIN have main­tained their edge over coun­try ri­vals Herbert River with a gritty 17- 10 win in Ayr on Satur­day.

The vic­tory has put Bur­dekin on equal com­pe­ti­tion points with the Crush­ers and pro­vided the per­fect plat­form for a run home to the fi­nals, which be­gins for the Roost­ers in a fort­night af­ter their bye this week­end.

Roost­ers coach Carl List praised his un­der­strength team for stay­ing in the grind with a sim­i­larly un­der­manned Herbert River, which led 6- 4 at half time.

Scores were locked at 10- all with roughly 15 min­utes un­til full time be­fore Bur­dekin broke the shack­les with a con­verted try, but the home out­fit only sealed the Round 14 win when Lona Kaifoto booted a field goal with three min­utes left on the clock.

“We knew that the team which stuck to its guns, made the least amount of mis­takes and com­pleted the best would win it,” List said.

“We were very happy to get away with that win con­sid­er­ing the num­ber of play­ers we had un­avail­able, but Herbert River were pretty much in the same sit­u­a­tion as well.

“We’ve now kept the wood on Herbert River for two games, and we play our last game of the reg­u­lar sea­son against them in Ing­ham, so we know we’re go­ing to get one hell of a re­cep­tion up there.”

Norths kept their fi­nals hopes alive with a 38- 18 win over Univer­sity at JCU, with Daniel Pickering bag­ging a hat- trick of tries. Third- placed Broth­ers made a state­ment in their 50- 14 win over Cen­trals on Fri­day night.

COL­LARED: Norths’ Josh Tysh­ing tries to fend off the Saints’ Max­phild Und­aba in the clash won by Norths 38- 18. The win keeps their fi­nals hopes alive. Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

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