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Cutters prevail in controversial finish

A controversial no-try ruling against the Ipswich Jets was the hot talking point as the Mackay Cutters held out the desperate home team to record a 20-18 victory at the North Ipswich Reserve.
Cutters prevail in controversial finish
by rleague.com

A controversial no-try ruling against the Ipswich Jets was the hot talking point as the Mackay Cutters held out the desperate home team to record a 20-18 victory at the North Ipswich Reserve.

In a dramatic finish, Jets players and fans thought they had regained the lead in the 74th minute when Matt Parcell put through a grubber for Ipswich winger Tautalatasi Tasi.

But after consulting his tough judge, referee Peter Gough ruled that Tasi had failed to ground the ball.

Still trailing by two points, the Jets kept coming at the Cutters and forced a repeat set which led to an Ipswich penalty for a play-the-ball infringement.

Ipswich centre Donald Malone’s penalty goal attempt from about 30m out cannoned into the upright.

The Cutters were the first to the ball and managed to see off one last Jets raid in the dying seconds to clinch an important win that saw them leapfrog Ipswich on the Intrust Super Cup ladder.

It could potentially be a season-defining win for the Cutters, who did well to play themselves back into the game after trailing 12-4 late in the first half.

In the final play of the first half, Cutters centre Kalifa FaiFai Loa tapped a Matt Minto kick to the corner back into the field of play for Chris Gesch to score.

The referee was satisfied that there was no infringement, despite the touch judge stopping to signal otherwise.

However, there was no doubt about Mackay’s next try early in the second half which came via a long range effort from FaiFai Loa.

The try put the visitors in front for the first time 14-12, but their lead didn’t last long after Ipswich forward Jacob Ling scored from a charge down.

The Jets couldn’t build on their 18-14 advantage though, as the Cutters lifted their intensity in defence to force an error.

It led to a crafty try from halfback Minto, who displayed some dazzling footwork close to the line.

Liam Taylor missed the conversion but he made no mistake with his 67th minute penalty goal to put the Cutters in front 20-18.

Mackay Cutters 20 (Liam Taylor, Kalifa FaiFai Loa, Matt Minto, Chris Gesch tries; Liam Taylor 2 goals) def Ipswich Jets 18 (Jarrod McInally 2, Jacob Ling tries; Donald Malone 3 goals) at North Ipswich Reserve.

Source: www.qrl.com.au


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