Seagulls soar into grand final
YEPPOON Seagulls booked their place in the Rockhampton Senior Rugby League grand final with a commanding performance at Browne Park yesterday.
The classy Seagulls dominated the second-placed Brothers for the entire 80 minutes in the 10 tries to three win to run out 56-14 winners in the major semi-final.
The Brethren battled hard, but simple errors cost the 2010 champions in their pursuit of back-to-back titles. Brothers now tackle the CQU Norths Chargers in next weekend’s preliminary final after the Chargers’ narrow 32-26 win over Fitzroy Gracemere Sharks yesterday.
Right from the start Brothers were on the back foot and were lucky to hold out the rampant Seagulls for as long as they did.
The Brothers defence broke in the 14th minute when Seagulls front-rower Tim Harlow barged over on the back of a Cheyenne Motu line break.
It wasn’t all one-way traffic early in the match, with gutsy Brothers fullback Reece Baker slicing through the Seagulls defence to score his first of the day in the left corner to bring the scores back to 6-4.
From there, Motu at times toyed with the Brothers defence, playing a hand in the Seagulls next four tries before the half-time break.
Thanks to the crafty number seven and his halves partner Caleb Littleboy, the Seagulls led 30-4 at half-time and never looked back.
On the back of a 50m charge from fullback Chris Littleboy, who was outstanding all day, electric interchange player Jakk Kavanagh was the first to cross in the second half with the dummy-half shaping to kick before scurrying through and diving across beside the posts to take the scores to 36-4.
Chargers lock Brent Williams and front-rower Matthew Jarvis led the way through the middle for the Chargers while coach Anthony Toby showed he still has blistering pace scoring the match sealer in the 73rd minute. In the reserve grade, the Chargers miraculously came back from 42-20 down to beat Brothers 44-42 in their minor semi-final and book a place in next weekend’s preliminary final against Yeppoon.
Yeppoon 56 def Brothers 14
CQU Norths 32 def Fitzroy Gracemere 26
Fitzroy Gracemere 26 def Yeppoon 24
CQU Norths 44 def Brothers 42
Brothers 36 def Yeppoon 6
Fitzroy Gracemere 32 def CQU Norths 12