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Tillett seals win for Gold Stars over Panthers

The North Queensland Gold Stars have wrapped up third place on the BHP Premiership ladder with a nail-biting 22-18 win over West Brisbane Panthers at BB Print Stadium in Mackay.

A brilliant solo try by Gold Stars halfback Tahlulah Tillett in the dying stages of the BHP Indigenous Round match broke an 18-18 deadlock and gave North Queensland their fifth win of the season.

Edge forward Rangimarie Edwards-Bruce got the home side on the board in the eighth minute courtesy of a short ball from lock Pani Rupapere.

The lead didn’t last long though, with the Panthers taking advantage of a 12-woman Gold Stars line, scoring tries through Therese Aiton and Montanah Best.

Therese Aiton. Photo: Vanessa Hafner/QRL
Therese Aiton. Photo: Vanessa Hafner/QRL

With a full compliment of players back on the field, North Queensland took advantage of a strong breeze at their backs, scoring a pair of tries inside five minutes to go into the break up 14-12.

With each side trading a try midway through the second stanza, the match looked to be headed for a draw before Tillet’s chip-and-chase sealed a Gold Stars victory.

North Queensland will travel to the Burleigh Bears in week one of the finals series and the undefeated Valleys will play host to the Panthers.

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