Fullback gets it Wright after sting of injuries
Aug
17
2015

HIS side experienced a ridiculously unlucky 18-16 loss to Burleigh Bears yesterday but Sunshine Coast Falcons fullback Sam Wright is just grateful to playing at all this season.

Wright has been the Falcons' standout player during their past two matches.

But it's been a gruelling journey just to be on the pitch.

In early July, Wright looked set to comeback from his third bout with injury this season but tore his MCL during a training drill and it left him sidelined for another month.

He returned a fortnight ago and has since made the most of his opportunities.

"I'm playing every game like it's my last," he said. "I'm just happy to make it through a game and be in the team."

Coach Glen Dreger said he was impressed by Wright's ability to control matches despite prolonged periods out of the game.

"He's just has really good positioning," he said. "He's always around where the footy is.

"His on-the-line defence and cleaning up has been great."

The Falcons controlled the first half and much of the second as they led the Bears for the majority of the match.

The Bears snatched the victory with a last-minute try after one of its players put up a bomb from 15m out.

The Falcons looked to have it covered until the ball crashed into the woodwork and Burleigh's Chad Redman pounced on it and crossed the line for a match winning try.

Dreger said the Falcons deserved more than a 10-0 halftime lead after Paul Ivan dropped the ball in the in-goal.

"If we had have gone into halftime with a 16-0 lead we probably would have broken them," he said.

The luxury of a video referee has been damaging to the Falcons who finished the game with three disallowed try attempts to add to its three from the previous week.

Dreger said although he couldn't fault the effort and courage of his team, the bench failed to provide a spark, something that has been the strongpoint for the Falcons in recent weeks.

"We were outstanding at times," he said. "We were in control of the game up until the 20-minute mark of the second half.

"They got a good run of possession and repeat sets off our turnovers.

"Disappointing when you're the better team and don't get the points.

"In the boys' defence, their defence was amazing considering the amount of ball they (Burleigh) had."

The Falcons face top-of-the-table Townsville at Sunshine Coast Stadium in next week's round 24 Intrust Super Cup match.

LADDER: Townsville 39, PNG 39, Wynnum Manly 32, Ipswich 32, Easts 20, Northern 28, Redcliffe 25, Mackay 24, Burleigh 22, Tweed Heads 21, Sunshine Coast 19, Norths 16, Souths Logan 15, CQ 6.

BURLEIGH 18 (C Redman, H Schwass, A Lee tries; K Gordon 3 goals)

SUNSHINE COAST 16 (R Klein, D Oakes, B Brittain tries; D Oakes, R Hansen goals)


Courtesy of Sunshine Coast Daily

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