Tired Eagles still flying high

RUNNING OUT OF STEAM: Norths fullback Jarrod Biggs was back at school yesterday reflecting on the Tigers exit from the Ipswich Rugby League finals.
RUNNING OUT OF STEAM: Norths fullback Jarrod Biggs was back at school yesterday reflecting on the Tigers exit from the Ipswich Rugby League finals. Rob Williams

GOODNA has won the battle but will they have any reserves left to continue the war?

On Wednesday night the Eagles beat Norths 19-12 to progress to the Ipswich Rugby League A-grade preliminary final against Swifts on Sunday.

The match was a replay of last Sunday's elimination semi-final which remained deadlocked after two periods of extra-time.

Goodna responded better to the challenge of backing up and led throughout the match.

It meant the end of the Tigers' season but there were no mad-Thursday antics for Norths fullback Jarrod Biggs.

Biggs was back at work yesterday and the St Francis College, Crestmead physical education teacher had a double free period in the morning to dwell on what might have been.

"It was pretty disappointing," Biggs said.

"You don't want to end the season like that."

The loss hurt but making it worse was the manner of the defeat.

"I thought we would have been a bit more competitive," Biggs said.

"We stopped doing what works for us."

Norths were down 6-0 early but when they expected to be finishing each half the stronger, Goodna was able to make it 12-0 by the break.

It seems Goodna learnt more from their encounter at the weekend and were able to stifle Norths' plans.

"The scoreline flattered us," Biggs said.

"They really had a roll on late in the first half.

"We thought we'd come out in the second half and do the same thing we did on Saturday night but we didn't.

"They got bodies in front of us.

"We knew what we wanted to do but didn't execute as well as we should have."

Biggs admitted it was hard work getting up for the game just four days after their draining 110 minute marathon.

"For me it's alright, being a fullback," Biggs said. "But I know lots of our forwards were sore."

Biggs praised Goodna's kicking game, with five-eighth Alby Talipeau and halfback Joseph Leger controlling things for the Eagles.

Adding to the disappointment for Biggs and his teammates was the belief that Norths had the squad to challenge for the title.

Now they will watch as Swifts, Goodna and Brothers battle it out.

For Goodna, their third match in a week looms against a relatively fresh Swifts.

Biggs feels some solidarity for the Eagles, despite them ending the Tigers' season.

Knowing what they've been through with their extra-times on Saturday, then a mid-week clash, he's hoping they can knock off Swifts on Sunday.

"It's a big effort for them but I'd like to see them go further," Biggs said.

The IRL was taken aback by the turnout for the game on Wednesday with about 1500 showing up.



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