CHARGE: Riley McDowall is proving consistent, running the ball up the middle of the field.
CHARGE: Riley McDowall is proving consistent, running the ball up the middle of the field. Nicholas Falconer

Number eight jersey left on fence in tribute

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Northern Outlaws, along with many other league teams across the Sunshine Coast, paid tribute to Falcons player James Ackerman this weekend, removing the number eight jersey from the line-up.

Outlaws co-captain Liam Anlezark hung up his number eight jersey and donned the number 19 against the Caloundra Sharks at Noosa on the weekend.

Before the game, both teams created a circle on the field while taking a knee for Ackers for a minute's silence.

Co-captain Kurt Fleming said the all teams that played in Noosa hung their number eight jerseys on the fence on the day.

The Outlaws trekked through the constant rain to defeat the Sharks 44-22 on Saturday.

Fleming said the Outlaws held the ball more and capitalised on the Sharks' mistakes for a reasonable first-half lead.

However, Caloundra made their way back late in the game with a few unexpected tries.

Despite defeating the Sharks, the Outlaws went into Saturday's match not knowing what to expect from Caloundra who had defeated Maroochydore-Coolum and Caboolture in the past couple of rounds.

Fleming said Caloundra were missing a key player, their half-back, that weakened the side.

"We controlled position a lot better especially compared to last week's match," he said.

Tim Wyvill and Terry Carroll spearheaded the Outlaws, both scoring three tries each.

"They ran good lines," Fleming said.

Riley McDowall continued to play well, chewing up the metres and playing strong up the middle, he said.

The Gympie-Noosa side has a bye before they return to play the first game of round three the following week when it hopes to see the return of Billy Rogers.

When the teams have played each other once more in the Sunshine Coast Gympie division one rugby league competition, the finals teams will be decided.

Fleming said they would play their last home game in Gympie against Nambour in the second game of round 3.

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