Rugby union grand final.
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Noosa brave in final defeat

NOOSA coach Stu Beakey hates losing - especially in grand finals - but he could not help being proud of his walking wounded on Saturday.

After going down to University Barbarians 12-9 in a premiership arm-wrestle at Sunshine Coast Stadium, Beakey said he was in awe of his side's courage.

Prop Tom Kearney played the entire match with a broken sternum and still managed to be a standout, and his front-row partner Andy Green also played through the pain after being told to sit out on the bench.

Beakey cut a forlorn figure on the sideline after full-time but was all smiles when talking about his side's effort.

"Anyone who's had a cracked sternum knows how painful that is," he said. "To be a prop with a cracked sternum just goes to show the spirit that we've got in the side.

"Andy Green our hooker couldn't even move, but he wouldn't come off. He went again."

University's forwards had their own injury worries. No.8 Kurt Ludeke went into the game with a hip flexor injury and came off in the second half after tearing a hamstring.

Flanker Michael Todd (shoulder) and prop James Zhao (neck) also carried injuries into the game. While University had more flair in attack, the Noosa forwards looked the stronger. Uni did well to match it with the Dolphins' forwards for most of the game, but time and time again Noosa was kept in the game through its big men.


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