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Currumbin SS start grand final day with win over Frenchville

Two exciting first half tries from second rower Sam Longobardi set up Currumbin State School to claim a 32-6 win over the Frenchville SS Falcons in their NRL Development Cup final.

The match was played as the opening game on a huge Queensland Rugby League grand final day card at Dolphin Stadium.

The match began however with Frenchville getting on the board early when skipper Harri Meiland crossed early to score the first try of the day.

He converted his own try – but those were to be the only points for the Rockhampton school for the day.

The rest of the match belonged to the Gold Coast school, with Currumbin crossing for the remaining tries in the game.

They leapt out to an unassailable 18-6 at halftime and showed plenty of speed and skill in their victory.

However, Frenchville never gave up, but some unfortunate errors when they had their chances with the ball meant they were turned over to Currumbin who used all their opportunities.

Longbardi, a rangy and powerful backrower, could have had three tries for the game, but as he streaked away to the tryline late in the second half, he unselfishly passed the ball to his trailing fullback Will Galloway to give him the try.

Currumbin coach Jono Morgan said he was pleased with the outcome of the match.

"I am really, really proud of these boys' its been a two year journey for us, and we haven't lost a game in two years," Morgan said.

Currumbin State School School 32 (Sam Longobardi 2, Marley McLaren 2, Will Galloway, Aaron Durant tries; Archie Sillar 2, Ned Tanner, Brodie Saunders goals) def Frenchville State School 6 (Harri Meilland try; Harri Meilland goal) at Dolphin Stadium.

Halftime: Currumbin 18-6




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