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Falcons fire to down Cutters

The afternoon started in celebration of Anzac Day for Round 5 of the Hostplus Cup at Sunshine Coast Stadium which saw the Sunshine Coast Falcons make it three in a row with a demanding 30-10 win over Mackay Cutters. 

In tricky conditions with testing winds, the Falcons got given a penalty in their first set and they used their opportunity, with the opening try scored off a classy Tyran Wishart placed chip to second rower Jack Gibbons. 

After the Falcons failed to retain the kick-off, the Cutters were not able to counter the try, instead giving away two penalties which lead to a swift right-side play through Cooper Johns to see Blake Wilson over for the second try in 10 minutes. 

The Cutters continued to take on the line with continuous sets inside Falcons half and which had multiple held-up tackles.

However, the brick-wall like defence from the Falcons meant the Cutters could not capitalise on the opportunities. 

A big hit from the Cutters lead to a short change in momentum as a pass from Daejarn Asi saw Brandon Finnegan cut through the line and in for Mackay's first try of the game. 

It didn't take long however before the Falcons answered back and it was through a powerful run from centre Jack Howarth right before halftime as he palmed off numerous defenders and put the Falcons at a 18-6 lead at the break.

After a back-and-forth first 10 minutes, the first try of the second half came through for the Falcons who had showed persistent attack and broke through the line. 

The rain and wind turned cyclonic and Daniel Atkinson used the wind as he kicked a 4/20. That set saw him take on the line and score using the possession he created and the Falcons would go up 30-6. 

Asi continued to be the shining light for the Cutters as he threw a long ball which broke the line to see Cutters score there second try through winger Laitia Moceidreke. 

The score was a reflection of a dominant Falcons performance which they showed multiple ways of scoring tries in tricky conditions and solid defence to hold out the Cutters on multiple occasions. 

The next round will see the Sunshine Coast Falcons at home to take on the Ipswich Jets. 

Mackay Cutters will also be at home for their next match to play Brisbane Tigers. 


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