Country repel late fightback

QUEENSLAND Country, led by Tweed Heads' Brad Davis, has retained bragging rights for another 12 months after downing City in the annual representative clash at Seery Oval, Ipswich on Saturday.

Despite enjoying a comfortable 26-6 lead early in the second half, Country had to withstand a concerted comeback by City, who almost pulled off an amazing victory only to be denied in the dying minutes of the game with Davis's side prevailing 32-28.

The match provided selectors with an opportunity to see the best from the Queensland Cup in action to choose a Queensland Residents side to take on NSW Residents as a curtain raiser to the third State Of Origin match in Brisbane on July 15.

The Country side opened the game in fine form, showing plenty of flair and ability and they looked to be in control at half time with the score at 16-6.

“In the first half, we were able to put plenty of pressure on their line with some sustained attack and that paid off for us,” Davis said yesterday.

“We were able to score a couple of quick tries in the second half and looked to have a comfortable lead with the score at 26-6 before City stepped-up a gear and really came back at us strongly.

“We had to dig in deep defensively and almost had the game stolen from us.”

Relieved at the result, Davis said it wasn't his best performance.

“I have played better but I came through the match uninjured which is the main thing,” Davis said.

“He also had words of praise for his Tweed Heads team mate Ben Jeffery who played on the wing for Country.

“Ben had some good breaks and made some try-saving tackles and put in a strong effort,” he said.

The players who took part in the clash will now be anxiously awaiting the Residents team announcement today but it could be bitter-sweet for Davis.

While he would be proud to named for the curtain-raiser, his and/or Jeffery's selection would mean they would have to miss out on the Queensland Cup match against Easts at Kingscliff next weekend.

“It would be great to be named in the side but with Seagulls going along so well, you really don't want to miss games at this stage of the season,” Davis said.

“Against a side like Easts, it's a game you don't want to drop so we will just have to wait and see.”

Tweed Heads have fought their way back into fourth on the Queensland Cup table.

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