In space: Jets pivot Paul Rolls scoots clear in the loss to Southport.
In space: Jets pivot Paul Rolls scoots clear in the loss to Southport. Blainey Woodham

Koalas lash out to crush Tugun

COMPETITION newcomers South Tweed announced themselves on the Gold Coast Rugby League stage yesterday with an emphatic 40-24 victory over perennial powerhouses Tugun at Boyd Street Oval.

In what captain/coach Dean Allen described as the best period of football his troops had played, South Tweed rattled up an insurmountable 30-10 lead by the break, playing into the wind.

“It was a great team performance and that first half was the best footy we’ve played by far,” Allen said.

“We had six first-graders out but we were enthusiastic, supported each other, took our opportunities and really gave it to Tugun.

“We’ve got two weeks off now with the holiday and a bye, so it really was a crucial four-point weekend for us. I spoke to the boys about it and they delivered.”

As they have been all season, forwards Damien Wyatt and Jesse Beadling, who each scored two tries, were the Koalas’ best.

The Koalas are now firmly entrenched in fifth spot.

However, the news wasn’t so good for Bilambil who were unable to square the ledger with grand final conquerors Southport, going down 16-6 in a tight see-sawing affair at Bilambil Sports Complex.

Trailing 6-0 early, the Jets fought back to be 6-4 down entering the sheds after Chris Thomas crossed out wide.

A penalty shortly after the break drew the scores level and it was Bilambil who had the ascendancy for much of the second stanza.

It was the visitors who broke the deadlock though, crossing for their second in the 65th minute after the Jets failed to get to their kick and gave up possession in their own half.

Bilambil continued to push for the equaliser and looked to have it with two minutes remaining. Inside the opposition 20m, the ball shifted out to the left where an overlap was apparent. But the final pass was intercepted and the game sealed for the reigning premiers.

“It was one of those things where the pass goes to hand, we score, but obviously they took a chance and it paid off,” Bilambil coach Troy McCarthy said.

“We didn’t complete well enough in the first half but to the boys’ credit, they regrouped and were right in there until the end.

“It’s our first loss and nothing to panic about. We’re still playing well and we’ll push ahead.”

Bilambil remain on top on points differential.

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