ISP NSW Residents Go Down To Queensland
The Intrust Super Premiership NSW Residents side have gone down to their Queensland counterparts 36-6 after a dominant second half display at Suzuki Stadium.
A double to Delouise Hieter early in the second half began the flow of points for Queensland, who were only up by two at the half-time break, while skipper Blake Leary earned man of the match honours.
Despite the score-line, there were some strong showings for the NSW side, including the ever-threatening Moses Leota and reliable workhorse Cheyne Whitelaw, while Dylan Edwards was very efficient at the back.
It was a fast start for the Queensland side, who were able to score first off the back of a brilliant run out of dummy half. Mitch Cronin was then able to pick the ball up from dummy half and take advantage of backtracking defenders when he put Dean Britt through a hole to score.
NSW then dominated possession and field position for a short period of time, and an incredibly powerful Moses Leota try rewarded them for their efforts.
Back-to-back sets put pressure on Queensland, but they were able to defuse any situation; before NSW did the same thing at the other end of the field at the back-end of the opening half.
A penalty on the stroke of half-time allowed Scott Doyle to slot a gift two points, which gave them a small 8-6 margin going into the break.
Within 10 minutes of the second half, Hoeter had his double, with the second try a freakish effort where he was able to catch the ball AFL-style and plant it down in the corner.
Billy Walters was able to plant the ball down first off a Kyle Laybutt kick to extend the lead, while Tom Opacic scored a strong try soon after to extend the lead to 30-6.
The final scoring play of the match came when dynamic utility Christian Hazard combined with Mitch Frei for a try adjacent to the posts, making the final score 36-6.