Northern Outlaws hold on to lead against Nambour
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Northern Outlaws defeated the Nambour Crushers 32-26 at Jack Stokes Oval Saturday night but did not get away unscathed.
An injury to playmaker Jake Harney made the night bitter sweet for coach Anthony Zipf. Harney limped from the field with a suspected torn hamstring with five minutes to go.
Zipf told The Gympie Times yesterday morning that Harney would have scans on his leg today.
The number seven has been unlucky with injuries this year. Saturday was his first game back after recovering from a neck injury.
Although there are no easy games in the Sunshine Coast competition Zipf was expecting the Outlaws to defeat celler dwellers Nambour.
He said the Outlaws' ball control let the team down and allowed the Crushers to get back in to the game.
"We can not have lapses like that heading in to finals," Zipf said.
The Outlaws had a comfortable lead 20-4 at half-time but after failing to complete some crucial sets the Nambour Crushers took control of the game ealry in the second half.
"We had a 16 point lead and thought we had it," Zipf said. "We started dropping the ball and dropped to their level".
About 16 minutes in to the second half Nambour took the lead lead 22-20.
The Outlaws regrouped and hitback with Hayden Herbert and Terry Carroll scoring late in the second half to secure the victory.
"It was not the fastest game we have played but it was physical- they have plenty of big bodies," Zipf said.
"We came back at the end of the game to get the result."
He said co-captain and forward Liam Anlezark was outstanding when the Outlaws were in trouble.
He kept his head up and helped turn the momentum back the Outlaws way. Sunshine Coast Falcons player Sam Young spearheaded the Outlaws attack scoring three quick tries in the first half.
Cameron Nelson suffered another groin strain after taking to the field for the first time since round two.
The Outlaws will play against the Kawana Dolphins this week in the Mary Valley which is sure to be a tough game with the Dolphins sitting just above the Outlaws in second position.