The Tas Baitieri Interstate Challenge Cup has travelled back to Queensland following a big 34-18 win to the Queenslanders over the NSW Tertiary Rep side in their annual match, played in Coffs Harbour on 23 September 2017.
It was a dominant display by the Queensland side who took control of the match with a try to half Cody Feltham in the opening minutes and raced to an 18-6 lead after further tries to Laithan Joseph and Zane Jones, all converted by Richard Kay. Only a lone try during this time to NSW lock Jaden Pardy kept the Blues in the hunt.
However, a late try to Brandon Webb and a sideline conversion from Luke Johnston gave the NSW boys a glimmer of hope, but that was soon dashed when right on half time Qld hooker Jesse Domic scooted over for a try, giving his side a 24-12 lead at the break.
Spurred on no doubt by some well chosen words from Coach Todd Edwards, NSW came in to the second half with plenty of vigour and the match became real arm wrestle, clearly the Blues needed to be the team to score next.
Alas that was not to be with Qld five eight Kay crossing mid way through the half and then second rower Dave Ballard scoring soon after to put the result beyond doubt.
A late try to NSW half Taylor Bennett brought some respectability to the score board for the BLues but the match belonged to the Queensland team winning 34-18.
Queensland Tertiary 34 (Cody Feltham, Laithan Joseph, Zane Jones, Jesse Domic, Richard Kay, Dave Ballard tries, Richard Kay 5 goals) Bt NSW Tertiary 18 (Jaden Pardy, Brandon Webb, Taylor Bennett tries, Luke Johnston 3 goals)
Played at Geoff King Motors Oval Coffs Harbour Saturday 23 September 2017
Man of the Match: Jesse Domic (Qld)
Qld Players’ Player: Matt Butler
NSW Players’ Player: Harrison King