Ruthless was the best way to describe the Mackay Cutters' 34-point demolition job on the Sunshine Coast Falcons at Stadium Mackay yesterday afternoon.
Broadcast to a statewide audience on Channel 9, the Cutters did not start the game well, with the Falcons scoring the first try.
However, after scoring early in the half, the Absolute Enterprises Mackay Cutters dominated, sitting at 20-6 at half time.
A visibly happy coach, Kim Williams, said it was good to come back from the break with a good win.
“It certainly wasn't perfect but it was a progression from our last game against PNG,” he said.
This is only the second time the Cutters have cracked the 50-point mark.
“We've set up a bit of a theme over this next month, and one of our trademarks is we want to be ruthless,” Williams said.
Despite the crushing win, it wasn't all rosy for the coach.
“I'm certainly disappointed in those last tries and the boys are probably even more,” he said.
“We missed our target of conceding two or less tries each week but it was still a pretty dominant performance I reckon.”
Williams said the next month was important for the side. They play Ipswich Jets at home this weekend before two games on the road.
“If we can get four out of four over the next month then we'll be setting ourselves up for a run into the finals,” he said.
Five-eighth Cameron Cullen was good for the Cutters, after returning from representative duties with the Queensland Residents.
Although he was 18th man and didn't get on the field, Cullen said he'd picked up a lot from the experience.
“It was a good week down there. I learnt a lot and I can bring that back,” he said.
MACKAY CUTTERS 50 (Jordan Pereira, Justin Tavae, Zack Walker, Brad Lupi, Josh Chudleigh, Sam Hoare, Aleki Falepaini, Brenden Treston, Michael Sio tries; Liam Taylor 7 goals) def SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 16 (Sam Young, Travis Robinson, Brett Doherty tries; Ryan Hansen 2 goals) at Stadium Mackay.
Mackay Cutters: 1. Sam Clune 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Tyson Martin 4. Justin Tavae 5. Zack Walker 6. Cameron Cullen 7. Liam Taylor 8. Brad Lupi 14. Josh Chudleigh 10. Sam Hoare 11. Josh Osborne 12. Kelvin Nielsen 13. Chris Gesch (c) 15. Aleki Falepaini 16. Brenden Treston 17. Joss Boyton 18. Michael Sio
Sunshine Coast Falcons: 1. Sam Young 2. Young Tonumaipea 3. Travis Robinson 4. Reinhold Kamilo 6. Ben Hampton 7. Brett Doherty 8. Jon Platt 9. Billy Brittain 10. Ryan Hansen (c) 11. Mitch Ebdon 12. Jye Ballinger 13. James Ackerman 14. Jay Lobwein 15. Johnny Vuetibau 16. Rueben Baillie 17. Sam Satogi 19. Jacob Samoa (c)
*Thanks to the Mackay Daily Mercury: Cutters win easily against Sunshine Coast Falcons