Moranbah Miners' back rower Rapsene
Moranbah Miners' back rower Rapsene "Raps" Bruce puts his body on the line. Madolyn Peters

Moranbah Miners bury Norths Devils' 2016 season

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Moranbah Miners are through to the finals after putting an end to the Norths Devils' season.

The Devils came back from 12 points down at half time to just a six-point margin in the last half.

"We fell asleep in the second half and went off our game plan... instead of playing space we ended up playing numbers and we started forcing the pass," Moranbah Miners' coach David Stevens said.

"That turned a lot of errors over and Norths love that, they adapt and have a lot of fast edge which nearly got us."

It was too late however and the Miners finished strong, defeating Norths 28-22.

"It was about playing for 80 minutes," Stevens said.

"Finals is a different level of football towards to normal fixtures, you have to put that extra 10% in to get the result which they did."

It was the first day game the Miners had played in a while.

"We needed to adapt and finals doesn't give you the chance to adapt," Stevens said.

"We had to play that aggression up front and play the field to get the results."

Moranbah captains Cameron White and Dylan Patteson were stand out players the way the led the team across the paddock.

Ben Hibberd was also an impact player.

"There's not many games that a player scored three tries," Stevens said.

Man of the match Jarrad Bleakley was also a stand out in defence.


Moranbah Miners defeated Norths Devils 28-22

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