Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

BLUEBIRDS CUT DOWN; Norths Click into Gear to Bewilder Champions

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

BLUEBIRDS CUT DOWN; Norths Click into Gear to Bewilder Champions

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FORTUNATELY for Swifts, premierships are not won in May.

The premiers showed their poor performance against Brothers a fortnight ago was no one-off, topping that with a display that reeked of disharmony as they went down 38-6 to Norths at the North Ipswich Reserve yesterday.

The Swifts players were unhappy with the refereeing but captain Joel Lennox put it into perspective.

C[pounds sterling]We've only got ourselves to blame,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]It felt alright coming into the game.

C[pounds sterling]We've got a few players out with injury and suspension but we weren't able to maintain ball control. It felt like we defended all game.C[yen]

About the only time Swifts made it into Norths territory in the first half was when they were kicking off following Norths' tries.

Where Norths defensive line was military-like in its precision and commitment, the Swifts forwards were lethargic.

Norths made easy metres from dummy half with hooker Aaron Morris and lock Dale Robertson enjoying the space afforded them.

That made the job of halves Steven West and Cody Fullarton much easier and centres Josh Roberts and Nathan Carney had a field day, Roberts opening the scoring in the fourth minute and Carney extending it six minutes later. This ease with which both stepped through the flimsy Swifts' defence indicated something was amiss in the Bluebirds' camp.

Their passing and kick-chase were no better.

Swifts' day was summed up when five-eighth Stephen O'Donohue stabbed a grubber kick through 15m out from the Norths' line but not a single teammate chased it.

C[pounds sterling]We were disappointed with the kick-chase,C[yen] Lennox said. C[pounds sterling]I think that was one area that reflected our attitude. We've got to play as a team, not rely on individuals to do the work.C[yen]

The premiers' frustrations boiled on two occasions, with O'Donohue sin-binned and fullback Jason Heketoa sent off late in the game for abusing the referee. …

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