HEART BREAKER: Don's double not enough for Bears
UPDATE: RUGBY LEAGUE: A first-half double to former Grafton Ghosts and Gold Coast Titans winger Anthony Don has not been enough to secure a victory for his team the Burleigh Bears team in the State Championship decider.
Don scored both his team's tries in the first half to put the Bears ahead of the Newtown Jets 10-2 at half time Don showed his nose for a try, scoring the only two tries of the half. The first from a miracle flick pass close to the line from Jamal Fogarty, allowed Don to fall across the line, but the second, after Bears five-eighth Dylan Pythian scooped up a loose pass from a Newtown player and sprinted clear, came from close to 70m out. As the defence closed on Pythian he waited for his supports and picked out a flying Don to race the final 10m to score near the posts. Don showed more brilliance with a miraculous catch and pass to set up his team's third try early in the second half as the Bears raced to a 16-2 lead. But the Jets were not to be denied and pulled out three brilliant tries, including the final one on the last play of the game, to snatch the win from the Bears' grasp.
For the Jets it was a repeat of their miraculous win to make the State Championship final. Their ball playing back rower Billy Magoulias chipped ahead and the kick bounced back and away from three covering defending into the arms of Jackson Ferris, who sprinted away to score under the posts.
RUGBY LEAGUE: Former Grafton Ghosts and Gold Coast Titans winger Anthony Don has turned in a try-scoring double in the first half of the NRL State Championship decider for new club, the Burleigh Bears.
The Bears lead Newtown 10-2 at half time.