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Langlands Park to Host Cup Grand Finals

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    Langlands Park to Host Cup Grand Finals
    QRL Media

    24/04/2013 2:41:05 PM

    CC & MM Cup Grand Final Teams
    Sunday, April 28 @ Langlands Park
    Cyril Connell Cup: Easts Tigers v Norths Devils, 10.30am
    Mal Meninga Cup: Redcliffe Dolphins v Gold Coast White,12.10pm

    FOUR South-East Queensland teams will vie for state honours this weekend in both the Cyril Connell Cup and Mal Meninga Cup state grand finals; following strong semi-final wins over their northern rivals at Dolphin Oval last Sunday.
    In the Under 16 Connell Cup – the Easts Tigers were undefeated throughout the regular season and it remained that way, with the top ranked southern pool team showing their class to overcome the Townsville Stingers 34-16.
    The Tigers will meet Norths in this Sunday’s state final after the Devils overran the Sunshine Coast Falcons for the remaining place in the final.
    Although they finished at the top of the northern pool, the Sunshine Coast went into their semi-final match with a last round defeat and that form carried into this match with the Devils scoring a 46-20 win.
    Keenan Yorston and Logan Spaander both scored doubles for the Devils.
    Norths took a 20-16 lead into the halftime break and given it was a fairly even first half; a good start to the second half could prove vital and it did.
    Lock Michael Molo put the Devils on the board again after he crashed over, before halfback Joshua Fauid scored a try of his own to extend the lead.
    The Sunshine Coast could not fight back this time and the Devils went on to score three more tries in the impressive win.
    While that game was decided in emphatic fashion; the Meninga Cup semi-final between Gold Coast White and Townsville was a thriller – with both teams a chance of going through to the final until the final moments.
    The teams were going try-for-try throughout and each team struggled to maintain constant pressure. The Gold Coast were up 12-4 at halftime but conceded the first try of the second half, giving the Stingers the momentum.
    But another error saw the ball handed back to the Gold Coast side who capitalised before letting the Stingers back in the game again when Townsville fullback Connor Carey scored to narrow the scores to 14-16.
    They then hit the front with nine minutes to go when James Redman scored after picking up a kick ahead. With the successful goal attempt from Aaron Solari, the Stingers held a slim 20-16 advantage.
    But with the constant momentum swings, the game was anyone’s for the taking – and with just over five minutes to go in the match, the Gold Coast scored to level at 20-20 before a third try to Delanie Guilford wrapped it up for the White side.
    In the other Mal Meninga Cup match – Redcliffe were too strong for the Pride with Joshua Kerr and Richie Skelton both crossing twice in the home side’s 40-22 win over the northern team.
    The winner of each match will be named the state title holders and will go on to play their NSW counterparts in the National Final on May 11.

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