Premiers claw their way to a jets win

IN a real arm wrestle of a match, Bilambil Jets went down to the reigning Gold Coast rugby league premiers 18-12 at Owen park, Southport yesterday.

Despite the result, Jets' coach Troy McCarthy was pleased with the efforts shown by his players and has taken plenty of confidence out of his side's performance after some less then impressive recent results.

“It was a tough game where both sides took the opportunities on offer,” McCarthy said of the match against the Southport Tigers.

“Neither side could really break away but Southport just managed to come home over us in the closing stages of the game.

“It was the sort of performance I was looking for in the lead up to the finals and I think the players can take some confidence out of the game.”

McCarthy said both sides went try for try during the game with defence being the key.

He said the focus from here on in was to win their final two games, starting with Currumbin next weekend at Bilambil.

“We know that Runaway Bay is on the same points as us but we can't worry about what they are doing,” McCarthy said.

“Our last game is against Tugun at home and that will be another crucial game for us but we have to beat Currumbin first.”

Bilambil are still in third spot but only on percentages.

In the lower grades, it was a tough day for Bilambil, losing reserve grade 26-20 and the under 19s 19-10.

In other Gold Coast rugby league matches, Runaway Bay downed Currumbin 32-20, Hinterland drew with Burleigh 10-all, Tugun smashed Ormeau 60-4 to go to the top of the table and Parkwood won the battle of the wooden spooners, downing Beaudesert 46-32.

In the lower grades, South Tweed's reserves chalked up their third win of the season, downing Canungra 32-26 while their under 19s continued their climb up the ladder, defeating Beaudesert 30-16.

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