0.5 seconds away from Invitational glory

PBR: Smashing out 38 hours of panel beating in three days is hardly the best preparation leading into one of the country's biggest rodeos.

Luckily, Dysart's Sonny Schafferius is as tough as they come.

His crazy working week meant he had no time for practice before the Brendon Clark Invitational in Newcastle.

But it mattered little as he finished agonisingly short of eventual winner and current world number one Matt Triplett.

"0.5 of a second," he answered when asked how close he came.

"So that meant I finished second overall. But it is a bit tough to take. Gets on your nerves getting that close but you can't dwell on it.

"It is always good to perform that well in front of a huge crowd.

"It hasn't really sunk in yet. I'm unsure how much I win from it so when the money gets in it will."

An opening ride of 85 on Black n Decker was followed with 7.5 seconds on Roman Candle for no score.

He saved his best for last, 88.5 on Jumpin Jack.

"They were all good bulls. Black n Decker sat me on my arse in the end," he said.

"I have rode in the States and won APRA National Finals but this is up there with them. Definitely top five performances for me."

Schafferius had qualified for the Invitational after his win in Jundah earlier this month. He was up against the best in the country - PBR royalty in Cody Heffernan, Fraser Babbington, Mitch Paton and in-form young gun Braydon Wellby.

"Matt Triplett rode three bulls and I only rode two, pinching myself now but that's how it goes," he said.

"I have to fit another full week into three days again this week before going off to Kempsey."

Schafferius wished to thank his sponsor Sharps Heavy Equipment Repairs for making his feat possible.



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