Fassifern still finding their form
THE country kids are coming for the premiership.
Facing the competition leaders, the Fassifern Bombers took a 20-10 lead over Norths in the first half at Keith Sternberg Oval today.
Even a wealth of possession in the second half couldn't turn the scoreline around for the Tigers, falling to a 28-14 defeat at the hands of a red-hot Fassifern outfit.
Despite the important win for the Bombers, fullback Scott Ireland delivered a worrying message to the rest of the competition.
"We've got to get better,” he said. "I think today was a step back from where we've been with the ball.
"It was our defence that kept us in the game. In previous years we would have had 40 points put on us. It's nice to know you can defend it but we can't afford to be doing that each week.”
The Bombers have flown under the radar with one game more to play than their ladder leader rivals Swifts and Goodna.
Fassifern's only loss so far this season came in the opening round against Brothers Ipswich.
With the return of Norths veteran Josh Roberts and a fired-up Tigers outfit playing at home, the Bombers line defence was put under extreme pressure in the closing stages of the game.
"That was a good quality game,” Ireland said. "You can't expect to turn that much ball over and expect to win though.
"The good thing was we only turned over 14 points with that much possession against us. Hopefully when we click we can be a bit better.”
Former Ipswich Jets hardman David Fa'alogo got his name on the scoresheet with a try for his new club.
A big inclusion for the Bombers this season, Ireland said the NRL veteran was having a big impact on the team already.
"It's experience isn't it,” he said. "He knows where to be and he turns up in our defensive line a lot.
"It lifts other guys having a player of that calibre. I think it's good for the competition to have blokes like that.”
All seven teams will sit out next weekend.
When the competition returns after the representative round, Swifts host Norths on Saturday, May 13.
On Sunday, May 14 Fassifern will return home to Hayes Oval against Brothers Ipswich, with the Eastern Cobras set to host West End at Bob Gibbs Oval in Springfield.
Fassifern Bombers 28 (Leveni Kurumalawai 2, Marika Kuriyalavou, Kyle Gilloway, David Fa'alogo tries; Aaron Adcock 4 goals) def Norths Tigers 14 (Anava Fesolai, Kaelum Fairhurst, Chris Scanlan tries; Steven West goal) at Keith Sternberg Oval.
Goodna Eagles 36 (Joel Bennett 2, Alex Tupuse 2, Anthony Noa, Morris Ekeroma, Rez Phillips tries; Corey Kirk 4 goals) def Brothers Ipswich 10 (Sam Krueger, Jack Boettcher tries; Josh Leisemann goal) at Woogaroo Field.
Swifts Bluebirds 38 def West End Bulldogs 4 at Purga.