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Round 6 Sunday wrap: Tigers, Tweed take close wins as Falcons soar

Brisbane Tigers playmaker Ryley Jacks has celebrated his milestone 100th Hostplus Cup game with a win, but it didn't come easy thanks to a defiant Western Clydesdales.

The Tigers notched up a tight 32-28 victory over the Toowoomba-based team on Sunday afternoon at Totally Workwear Stadium for ANZAC Round, holding off the fast-finishing Clydesdales to claim the two points.

Both teams scored six tries apiece, but Tigers hooker Tristan Hope had a better day with the boot, converting four tries to the Clydesdales' two.

It was the Tigers' fourth win on the trot and for Jacks, it was a special one to earn in his 100th Cup game.

He said there were positives and negatives to take away from the match, but it will be one that sticks with him forever.

"It was a special win for me. Today meant a lot," Jacks said.

"This club means a lot. This is where I played when I was six. It is special.

"We made it really hard for ourselves today. We seem to do that of late but we find a way in the end. In this competition, you just have to find a way so really happy with the win today.

"Moving forward, we just have to keep improving and as long as we’re doing the right things at the back end of the year, that’s when it counts.

"There were dumb penalties, dumb errors and that’s on us. So, as cliché as it is, if we clear them up, we can go on with wins and not make it so hard for ourselves in the end.

"I like where we’re at (on the ladder), just cruising. We’re happy with where we’re sitting and we know what we can do.

"It only matters at the end of the year. We’ll keep building and flying under the radar."

Ryley Jacks in action in his 100th Cup game. Photo: Erick Lucero/QRL
Ryley Jacks in action in his 100th Cup game. Photo: Erick Lucero/QRL

After Round 6, the Tigers now sit in fourth place on the ladder behind Central Queensland, Sunshine Coast and Burleigh.

The Clydesdales meanwhile sit in 13th in the bottom half of the ladder, but Jacks predicts a change could be coming.

In their first season back in Cup, the Clydesdales claimed their maiden win last week over Ipswich and came to Totally Workwear Stadium with plenty of determination.

With the Tigers up 32-18 with 15 minutes to go, the Clydesdales bagged two tries through Hnaloan Budden and Melino Fineanganofo to put the pressure on.

While they couldn't close out the game, Jacks was impressed by the competition newcomers.

"I thought they were brilliant," Jacks said.

"I think they could play finals this year. The way they scrambled on their line, their want was there and they’re in for a big year.

"I think they’re going to finish much higher on the ladder than where they are at the moment. It’s good to have them back in the competition."

Elsewhere, the Sunshine Coast Falcons flexed their muscle with a dominant 34-16 victory over Souths Logan Magpies at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Without a number of big name Melbourne Storm affiliates, including in-form fullback Sualauvi Faalogo and forwards Jack Howarth and Lazarus Vaalepu, the Falcons showed how far their depth goes.

Tweed Seagulls also bagged an ANZAC Round victory, edging out Townsville Blackhawks 28-26, with Lindon McGrady slotting a penalty goal on the bell to claim the last-gasp win.

For a wrap of Saturday's ANZAC Round matches, click here.

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