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Jets back against comp leaders

IN a game that never really rose to any great height, the Bilambil Jets defeated Runaway Bay 26-16 at Dave Burns Field yesterday.

The match was played at the South Tweed Rugby League Club grounds to allow the Koalas' reserve grade and under 19s to host Runaway Bay while Bilambil's lower grades had the bye.

After the disappointment of last week's loss to Ormeau, Bilambil coach Troy McCarthy couldn't have been more pleased with his side's performance against the competition leaders.

“I just wanted the players to bounce back this week and during the game I told them not to worry about the scoreboard at all and just focus on what they had to do,” McCarthy said.

“They put us under a lot of pressure but our goalline defence was good and we really combined well at times to hold them out.

“They are a tough side and it was a gutsy effort out there to win.”

Bilambil fullback Drew Lanston scored a double as did his brother Guy while the only sour note was an injury suffered by centre Mitch Hayden.

Hayden, who scored thee Jets' opening try scorer for the Jets, was forced from the field after suffering a cheekbone injury.

In lower grades, South Tweed's reserve grade was upstaged 58-16 by Runaway Bay but it was better news for the South Tweed under 19s who belted the visitors 60-6.

In other GCRL games, premiers Southport thumped Beaudesert 30-8, Hinterland Storm upset Ormeau 32-16, Tugun almost scored a century against Parkwood in a lopsided game 98-10 while Burleigh kept Currumbin winless running out victors 30-26.

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