Discussion in 'Melbourne Storm' started by Anonymous, Mar 30, 2004.
didnt catch the tryscorer, but Norths scored and lead 16-12. 5 mins into the second half.
10 mins to go, Norths lead Burleigh 20-18
Tagatisi scores for Norths in the 78th minute in the North-Eastern corner. converted, by whom im not sure cause the abc signal cut out for about a minute.
Full Time: Norths 26 d. Burleigh 18.
Good game, Norths dominated every facet of the game except the scoreboard.
unfortunately i missed most of it, from what i saw jeremy smith looked back to his best and blair looked much improved. chambers had another good game too.
A DRAMA-filled final 10 minutes has seen Norths snatch a 26-18 win against Burleigh at Bishop Park, putting the Devils back in the hunt for a top five position.
The upset result came after Burleigh led 12-4 early in the match. However the Bears imploded with a series of penalties and finished the match with 12 men as skipper Ryan Gundry and referee Luke Potter staged a running battle.
In a thrill-a-minute climax to the game, Norths held a slender 20-18 advantage when young five-eighth Jason Poppi set sail for what looked like a length-of-the-field try. However, veteran Burleigh winger Aseri Laing came from the clouds to perform a stunning cover tackle, keeping the game in the balance.
The Devils retained the ball and continued to attack, with centre Joel Thompson then putting Anthony Perkins over in the corner. Referee Potter denied the try, claiming Thompson had been held before offloading the ball.
Again the result was left to rest on a knife’s edge and the threat of a late Burleigh comeback loomed large in the air.
That evaporated entirely with five minutes left on the clock, as the Bears were punished for a bizarre sequence of offences by Laing. Placed on report for a high shot, Laing refused to respond to the referee when called out for discussion.
Potter issued several warnings to the 32-year-old without any response and eventually lost his patience, sin-binning Laing and effectively ending his involvement in the contest.
Norths now had the overlap and they tried to exploit it at every opportunity. In the 75th minute Papua New Guinean winger Georg Kepa went within inches on the left side, only to be pushed into touch just before the corner.
On their next set in possession the Devils then tested the other side and winger Perkins was again cut down inches from the tryline. As disjointed as Burleigh was in attack, the coastal side remained strong in defence.
They eventually cracked with two minutes remaining, as Norths swung the ball from side-to-side, ending in a try out wide to prolific backrower Sam Tagataese.
Clear jubilation was present on the faces of the Devils when the fulltime hooter sounded, marking their win this year over a top five side.
While teen centre Will Chambers received the ABC Man of the Match, his backline ally Perkins was another clear standout, posting two tries and making good yardage from dummy-half.
Statistics told the story for Burleigh, asked to perform 104 more tackles than the opposition as they conceded 11 tries to four over the course of the game.
Next Saturday sees Burleigh tackle Tweed Heads at Pizzey Park in the Gold Coast derby at 2pm. Norths is away to Easts at Langlands Park, also on Saturday at 3pm.
NORTHS 26 (Anthony Perkins 2, Will Chambers, Sam Tagataese, Jeremy Smith tries; Liam Foran 3 goals) d BURLEIGH 18 (Ben Black, Nick Parfitt, Martin Griese tries; Nick Parfitt 3 goals) at Bishop Park.
Easts Tigers 26
Tries: Luke Archer, Tom McGougan, Isaac Kaufmann, Mark Cantoni, Damian Durnford
Goals: Matt Lockyer 3
Norths Devils 18
Tries: Kieran Turner, Georg Kepa, Joel Thompson,
Goals: Liam Foran 3
looks like an under strength norths put up a good fight
Thats gotta put an end to their top 5 chances.
Is that lockyer relation to darren
yep, his brother
norths had the bye this week, ABC tv game next week
18-6 half time to norths. tries to kepa, kieran turner and bulow. will be back at full time
tweed won 30-24. kepa scored the only try for norths in the second half.
just ran out of puff in the second half.
chambers had a poor game defensively letting in a couple of tries and the halves were useless.
they really should have won that game.
good to see rua with another bone rattler though
Norths Devils 24
Tries: George Kepa 2, Kieran Turner, Aaron Bulow
Goals: Liam Foran 4
Tweed Heads 30
Tries: Shannon Walker 2, Nathanael Barnes, Brad Davis, Chris Enahoro
Goals: Brad Davis 5
somehow they won...
Wynnum Manly Seagulls 20
Tries: Paoa Faamita, Chris Birch, Luke Dalziel Don, Kerry Smith
Goals: Chris Birch 2
Norths Devils 25
Tries: Kieran Turner, Georg Kepa, Jason Poppi, Marc Brentnall, Luke Samoa
Goals: Liam Foran 2
Field Goals: Liam Foran
norths have the abc game again tomorrow. dont think i'll be able to watch it though
A STINT in the sin bin for representative forward Scott Alo proved costly for Ipswich as the Jets surrendered a 16-0 lead to draw 24-all with Norths at QLD Group Stadium.
Alo was the unlucky victim of repeated ruck infringements from both sides, sent to cool his heels after referee Michael Wise lost his patience in the 28th minute.
Picked to play in next week’s City Country showpiece, Alo had no choice but to watch from the sidelines as Norths ran in three tries while he was absent, grabbing a 22-20 lead at halftime.
After 42 points were scored in a tumultuous first half, the second stanza brought a meagre total of six points from both sides as the defence clamped down.
Chris Walker looked to have scored the winning try with just eight minutes left on the clock, swooping onto a sweetly-timed Ricky Bird grubber.
However the Jets were again cut down at the knees by penalties, with Liam Foran squaring up the match in the 75th minute for a stripping infringement.
In the dying moments both Foran and Josh Costello exchanged unsuccessful field goal attempts, frustrations spilling over to a scuffle in the final minute.
The stalemate on the fulltime siren was in stark contrast to the beginning of the contest, when tries to Donald Malone, Michael Ryan and Gordon Rattler had Ipswich well in front by the 12th minute.
Three Norths players arrived late to the game after being stuck in traffic and the Devils were slow to feel their way into the contest. Lamentable tackling and ill discipline immediately had the Devils on the back foot.
A Georg Kepa try on the 16-minute mark provided some hope for the visitors, but Ipswich immediately shot back with Malone’s second try of the game.
The period that followed proved the most decisive in the game. Norths forward Aaron Bulow was forced to the sidelines with a gushing facial wound, yet it was Ipswich that began haemorrhaging badly.
Referee Wise called both captains together for a warning about indiscretions in the play-the-ball, but it was barely a minute later when Alo was caught out and given 10 in the bin.
From there Norths’ Jason Poppi set up a try for centre Joel Thompson with a well-weighted kick, backed up three minutes later with another try to Kepa, this time from a handy Thompson offload.
The momentum shift was remarkable and the Devils capitalised further when Will Chambers sliced through, jinking off his right foot on the tryline.
From then until Walker’s try at the death, more than 40 minutes passed as the combatants slugged it out; a desperate cover tackle from Devils prop Brendan Afitu on a runaway Joel Reithmuller shown to be doubly vital in the final wash-up.
On Saturday week Ipswich tackles Tweed Heads at Carrara Stadium at 3.15pm, while Norths travel to Rockhampton to face the Central Comets at 7.30pm.
IPSWICH 24 (Donald Malone 2, Gordon Rattler, Chris Walker, Michael Ryan tries; Chris Walker 2 goals) d NORTHS 24 (Georg Kepa 2, Joel Thompson, Will Chambers tries; Liam Foran 4 goals) at North Ipswich Reserve.
Central Comets 22
Tries: Tyron Haynes, Guy Williams, Todd Titmus, Mick Esdale
Goals: Nat Bowman 3
Norths Devils 18
Tries: Anthony Perkins, Jason Poppi, Sam Tagataese
Goals: Liam Foran 3
North Qld Young Guns 40
Tries: Mark Henry 2, Obe Geia 2, Toshio Laiseni, Brett Anderson, Jackson Nicolau, John Frith, Daniel Backo
Goals: Jackson Nicolau 2
Norths Devils 12
Tries: Jason Poppi, Scott Anderson
Goals: Liam Foran 2
Great career move Nicolau! Still playing QLD Cup lol.
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