Spirited bid by Downs falls short against Sunshine Coast
DARLING Downs ended its spirited 2019 Queensland Country Championships on a disappointing note after suffering a narrow defeat at the hands of Sunshine Coast at Gold Park today.
Darling Downs conceded a late converted try to go down 26-19 to the Stingrays.
Downs finished the five-team tournament with two wins from its four matches, with victories over Gold Coast and Far North Queensland.
Sunshine Coast finished country champions for 2019 but not before being pushed all the way today by Downs.
The Stingrays jumped to an early 7-0 lead before Downs drew to 7-5 after 15 minutes following a 60-metre try started by a sweet Angus Ramsey pass and finished by winger Lachlan Waide.
The Sunny Coast posted another converted try but a seven-pointer from halfback Will Jackson saw Downs close to 14-12 half-time.
The Stingrays made most of the second-half running but Downs hung in strongly and put the match in the balance with eight minutes remaining when Todd Daniels charged over between the posts to lock the scores a 19-all.
But a Downs' error from the kick-off proved costly with the Stingrays grabbing possession before crossing for the match-winning try with five minutes remaining.
Downs'coach Steve Toohey said his squad's solid championship performance was a good pointer to the future for Downs Rugby.
"It was a very good effort today. We played extremely well against the top side with six new blokes from the team that played last week,” Toohey said.
"Out of the 15 we started with we finished with only one of those backs left on the field.
"We have played a lot of young fellas throughout the championship and it's all about bringing them through for the future.”
# SUNSHINE Coast defeated Downs 26-10 in Saturday's Colts championship match.