Darling Downs falls short in Cattleman's Cup

DARLING Downs representative rugby team fell agonisingly short in its bid for back-to-back Cattleman's Cup victories in Biloela at the weekend.

The Downs was pipped 14-12 by the Central Queensland Brahmans after the hosts scored a try inside the final 10 minutes.

The Brahmans dominated both possession and territory in the early stages of the contest but Darling Downs was the first to score after pouncing on a turnover.

Central Queensland levelled up with a try just before halftime for a 7-7 scoreline.

The Downs controlled possession in the second half and capitalised on an unforced error with an unconverted try to again take the lead.

But with 10 minutes left on the clock, the Brahmans found the line and nailed the conversion to win the match.

It was a bit of revenge for the home side after Darling Downs claimed last year's inaugural Cup match with a 17-7 win at Kingaroy.

Meanwhile, the Darling Downs under-19s went down 17-7 against the Brahmans President's Selection team in the Ergon Cup clash.

Darling Downs romped home 38-10 last year but the Brahmans turned the tables in the rematch with a hard-fought victory.



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