Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Rivals Settle for See-Sawing Draw

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Rivals Settle for See-Sawing Draw

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Byline: Jay Buchan


A-grade: Brothers 44 d West End 6, Goodna 34 d Norths 20,

Fassifern 34 drew with Swifts 34.

Full scores Co page 21

PUTTING on brave faces, both Fassifern and Swifts called it a point gained, rather than a point lost.

But both had reason to be unhappy after drawing 34-all at Hayes Oval yesterday.

Both were understrength, both fought back gamely when the match seemed to have slipped from their grasp and both were on the receiving end of controversial refereeing decisions.

Swifts led 12-6 after 20 minutes, then 16-12 after 30 when five-eighth Josh Cleeland put a stamp on proceedings with a 25m break and try.

The Bluebirds had the size advantage up front with big men Tele Salesa and Cornwell Pearson and it was telling.

C[pounds sterling]I think we were getting up in defence,C[yen] Fassifern hooker Craig Korn said.

C[pounds sterling]It was just their bigger blokes we werenCOt wrapping up and they were getting balls away.C[yen]

But Fassifern had the last say of the first half to lead 18-16 at the break.

Cleeland and Fassifern halfback Kali Nauqe were stamping themselves as the most dangerous players on the field and Nauqe made it 24-16 early in the second half when he emulated Cleeland, doing it all himself to score.

Things swung further in the home teamCOs favour when Swifts captain Shane Williams was given 10 minutes in the sin bin.

Williams was sin-binned for questioning the referee after a penalty was awarded against him.

It seemed harsh given he was the captain, but his use of a four letter word in his enquiry counted against him.

But it didnCOt deter the Bluebirds.

A Cleeland chip kick in midfield led to a Swifts try but Fassifern scored again soon after to keep the gap at eight points.

But with Williams back on the field, the momentum had swung back to Swifts.

With Cleeland instrumental, three tries followed to give them a 34-28 lead with three minutes remaining. …

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