Fassifern falters as Goodna gain the momentum
FASSIFERN will be the only team not taking winning form into the Ipswich Rugby League finals in a fortnight.
The Bombers went down 28-16 against Goodna at Woogaroo Field yesterday.
The result didn't have any bearing on final ladder positions, but it gave Goodna the advantage heading into their elimination rematch with Fassifern at the North Ipswich Reserve on August 30.
Fassifern justifiably led for most of the first half, following a 12th-minute try by Harold Mosby from an attacking kick.
But it was Goodna that took the momentum into half time when forward Caleb Tafili crossed for a try three minutes before the break.
The tide turned in Goodna's favour about the same time as Fassifern prop Huskie Teutau left the field with a thumb injury.
Teutau has been his team's driving force for most of the season.
Goodna improved in the second half, cutting out much, if not all, the dropped ball that had plagued them before the break.
Hooker Saunda Seumanutafa gave his team breathing space three minutes into the second half when he scored from dummy half.
Two tries to five-eighth Joel Bennett, both laid on by captain Corey Kirk, put the Eagles out of sight, and a 90m effort by centre Solomon Foley sealed the win.
Goodna clocked off in the final five minutes, in which time Fassifern crossed for two consolation tries.
Fill-in Fassifern captain Kieran Turner did not think his team would be hurt by the loss.
If anything he expects them to be jolted out of complacency by successive losses.
"We were up in the clouds a bit," Turner said.
"I think we were a bit happy with our last couple of months.
"It was great winning seven in a row but we've lost our feet a bit in the past two games.
"We've got to talk more and stay grounded. There's been too many 40-minute efforts and not enough 80-minute performances.
"Our enthusiasm tends to drop a bit
"We get too caught up in the moment at tries and go off the game plan."
One positive for the Bombers was the return from injury of halfback Kali Nauqe.
Goodna's opening try scorer Tafili believes the Eagles have regained form at just the right time.
The Eagles were coming off three losses on the trot.
"It was a lot better than the last few weeks," he said.
"It was probably due to our preparation.
"But there's a lot to improve on.
"All our heads should be switched on and focussed on each game now."
- August 30: Elimination semi-final - Goodna v Fassifern.
- August 31: Qualifying semi-final - Brothers v Norths.
All finals played at the North Ipswich Reserve.