TOUGH SEASON: The Sunshine Coast Falcons’ Brett Doherty gets his kick away against the PNG Hunters.
TOUGH SEASON: The Sunshine Coast Falcons’ Brett Doherty gets his kick away against the PNG Hunters. Warren Lynam

Falcons' losing run puts rivals on toes

PIVOT Brett Doherty believes other Intrust Super Cup teams are "lifting" for matches against the Sunshine Coast because "everyone will know about it" if the Falcons beat them.

The beleaguered Bokarina boys have not tasted success in the state league since March last year and Doherty says opposing outfits are desperate to avoid becoming a breakthrough scalp.

"No team wants to be the one that loses to us after we've had 35 (straight) losses," he said.

"I think they look at it like a bogey game.

"They don't want to lose to us because everyone will know about it, so the other teams lift - they step up."

The Falcons are one of two teams in the competition that do not have the luxury of utilising fringe NRL players through affiliation with an NRL club.

Sunshine Coast officials are deep in negotiations with an NRL club and are hopeful of having such a relationship.

In the meantime, however, Doherty is hanging tough during the state league record losing streak, like the rest of his teammates.

"It's hard to go ahead every weekend, but we're hanging in there and will just keep going until the end of the season," he said.

"We're just trying to keep positive and we look at each week and at the things we're improving on as a side."

Falcons' officials have been quick to suggest the run of defeats is not a major concern, but Doherty admits "the game is about results and when you don't win a game, it is hard".

"But you turn up each week looking to get that win and I'm sure enough when we do get it, a couple more will come with it," he said.

Doherty is optimistic his team will produce a strong showing against fourth-placed Ipswich tonight in their round 18 clash at Stockland Park.

"We're looking forward to getting a win and hopefully we get one with this weekend," he said.

Sam Wright returns to the side at fullback in place of Callum Klein, who moves back into the centres. Rueben Baillie, in turn, vacates the three-quarter line and returns to the pack, forcing James Leavai on to the bench.

FALCONS: S Wright, J Meninga, R Klein, C Klein, K Van Klaveren, B Doherty, D Oakes, M Adams, M Gilliman, R Hansen (c), J Nahu-Main, R Baillie, J Samoa, J Lobwein. Interchange: J Leavai, T Murphy, M Ebdon, P McKewin.

GAME DAY

SUNSHINE COAST v IPSWICH

Tomorrow, Bokarina, 6pm


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