Norths, Uni in bid for fi­nals

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON

TIMES have been tough for Norths and Univer­sity in this year’s Townsville and Dis­tricts Rugby League, but the cel­lar dwellers are start­ing to make their moves.

Norths scored one of their big­gest re­sults of 2015 to beat Broth­ers 38- 16 at Peggy Ban­field Park on Fri­day night, and Univer­sity held off a late fin­ish­ing Char­ters Tow­ers to win 24- 16 at Jack Man­ski Oval.

Univer­sity are now on the fringe of the TDRL’s top four, and Norths have moved in­side it thanks to Fri­day’s re­sult, hav­ing over­taken Char­ters Tow­ers and Cen­trals, who lost to lad­der lead­ers Herbert River in Ing­ham yesterday.

“We led 16- 12 at half- time and the best thing was we kicked on with it, which we have rarely done this year,” Norths coach Jason Cook said.

“We put Wayne Ulu­gia into lock and he brought good energy in the mid­dle, so that’s some­thing we might have to look at, and we had a cou­ple of boys step up from re­serve grade who did a good job.”

Univer­sity coach Jason Gray was equally rapt with his team’s re­sult, which keeps their fi­nals hopes alive af­ter spend­ing much of the year in the com­pe­ti­tion’s cel­lar.

“Get­ting a win here in front of the Black­hawks has been good for us and we got a few of the reg­u­lar boys back,” he said.

Gray said the Saints would keep fight­ing for a fi­nals spot.

“We’re an out­side chance, so we’ll see what hap­pens.”

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