07 June 2010

Rugby League: Bombers defeat unbeaten Goodna

FASSIFERN defeated previously undefeated Goodna 26-24 at the North  Ipswich Reserve on Saturday night.

Swifts fullback Wes Conlon on one of his raids in
yesterday's 54-16 win over Norths at Llewellyn Motors Field.

IF you could have bet on it, there would have been an inquiry into a possible fix.

How else could you explain the previously winless Fassifern defeating the previously undefeated Goodna 26-24 at the North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday night?

Fassifern hooker Beau Batley sounded as surprised as others following the shock win.

"Everyone didn't expect that," he said.

"Even after the game everyone was smiling.

"It's finally coming together."

It is no coincidence it is coming together now since a number of Fijian players have arrived at the Harrisville-based club.

"Having the Fijians, we're now strong across the park," Batley said.

"We've got a bit of depth now so everyone is pushing for spots.

"Everyone made metres and we stuck to the game plan."

That plan was to use Fassifern's quick men close to the ruck to turn Goodna's forwards around, tire them out and exploit them down the blind side.

"It was our fast men really," Batley said. "We took them down the blind side a couple of times, targeted their big fellas on the edges and used the little fellas up the middle."

Admittedly, Goodna were below full-strength, with assistant coach Dean Daylight making a return to the playing field at fullback to cover for the absence of outside backs Andrew Petaia, Paul Falekakala and Ben Seve.

In the forwards, the Eagles were without the suspended Sione Piutau but there were still few who would have expected the Bombers to hold them out.

"They didn't get through the middle and they sort of lost it," Batley said.

"They then tried to go wide but got a bit frustrated.

"Our whole defence was pretty good.

"Most of their tries were to their big fellas from close range.

"There were no spectacular tries.

"We just shut them down."

Goodna had opened the scoring when Craig Wehrman strolled over before Fassifern levelled at 6-6.

A second try to Goodna before the break gave them the halftime lead and momentum.

However, Fassifern knew they had a lot of improvement in them and were close enough to remain positive.

"We were pretty confident," Batley said.

"In our first half we gave them way too much ball.

"They should have had another couple of tries.

"In the second half, we only dropped about two balls.

"We starved them of the footy which is what you've got to do against Goodna.

"They were getting knocked up pretty quickly.

"Goodna don't like defending, they only like running it."

In the weekend's other match, Brothers defeated South Burnett 54-6 at Nanango with the Sauer twins Ross (three) and Tim (two) notching five tries between them.

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