Falcons’ finals hopes revived as prop shows resolve
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Sunshine Coast has revived its state league finals hopes while recalled front-rower Jacob Samoa has reminded pundits of his potential.
The Falcons defeated the Devils 26-12 to stay amid a logjam of teams jostling for the sixth and last finals berth in this year’s Intrust Super Cup.
After two successive defeats in recent weeks and with just six rounds remaining, it was a welcome and timely return to form.
The Falcons are eighth after 19 rounds but are now only a point adrift of sixth-placed Ipswich.
“It (the result) means a hell of lot,” coach Craig Ingebrigtsen said.
“It means we live to fight another day but the main thing is it’s given us some momentum and also some confidence in our footy because we scored six tries.”
Indeed, the Falcons have battled with their offence, having the second-worst record in the 14-team competition.
But their attack fired on Saturday night.
“We haven’t been scoring points but to get out in that wet and score six tries was really good,” the coach said.
“We made it simpler and the players really took the bull by the horns.”
A finals appearance would be remarkable for the club, given its struggles in recent years, which included a state league record losing sequence.
Key to their success on Saturday night was Jacob Samoa.
He played the first six games of the season but was then dropped to local league circles to work on his fitness.
The 26-year-old returned with a vengeance against the Devils.
“He played tough and was really good for us,” Ingebrigtsen said.
“I’m proud of what he’s done. He’s been battling away for Caboolture and doing everything right (to force his way back into the team).
“They’re the things that make me proud, a player who doesn’t give in easy. He didn’t.”
Samoa was pleased to return.
“No-one wants to get dropped but I just had to stick my head down and work on what I needed to,” he said.
“It made me realise how much I wanted to be back in the squad.”
There are five teams within two points of the Jets.