Falcons earn gritty draw ahead of finals campaign
RUGBY LEAGUE: Sunshine Coast coach Eric Smith says the Falcons need to be prepared to rise for the finals campaign after they finished a dominant regular season in gritty style.
The Falcons managed to claim a 28-28 draw against Ipswich Jets at Sunshine Coast Stadium yesterday.
It was a big effort to achieve, with the Falcons surging from an 18-point deficit with 20 minutes to go.
They almost snared victory in the dying stages.
“It’s probably a bit disappointing we didn’t seal it at the death there but I thought from the position we found ourselves in midway through the second half that we did an extremely good job to get back into the game,” Smith said.
“I was really pleased that we fought back and didn’t end up losing the game.
“And even to put ourselves in the position to win it on the final couple of plays which shows that there was a lot of fight and effort that went into that performance.”
The Falcons battled without the star talents Todd Murphy, Chris Lewis, Harry Grant, Nicho Hynes, Siti Moceidreke and Jon Reuben who were out recovering from injuries.
The draw means Falcons finished the regular season having only lost one game.
They’ll now turn their attentions to the first week of finals where they’ll face Townsville Blackhawks at home on Sunday.
“We need to make sure the effort is there a bit more next week and that we’re a little bit more clinical and take a few better options more often,” Smith said. “We need to make sure that we’re ready to rise as I know the other teams in the finals (will be).”