Golden point try costs our Wattles Madsen-Rasmussen Trophy
GATTON winger Cameron Nicholls showed just how important a good kick-chase is when he pounced on a loose ball to score the match-winning try in extra-time in the Hawks' thrilling Madsen-Rasmussen Trophy final win over Wattles at Clive Berghofer Stadium.
As the clock ticked over to the 91st minute in the second period of golden point extra-time with the scores locked at 33-33 yesterday, Gatton kicked long out of its own half and looked close to securing a 40-20.
Wattles fullback Jackson Green and winger Robert Moore raced to the sideline to prevent the 40-20, one of them batted the ball back in field, but neither could keep his feet, allowing sole chaser Nicholls to toe the ball forward to the in-goal area where he dived on the ball to see Gatton take out the Madsen-
Rasmussen Trophy with a 37-33 golden point extra-time victory.
The win let Gatton claim a second piece of TRL silverware after the Hawks won a long-awaited Hutchies-Chronicle Cup last year.
It was also the first Madsen-Rasmussen success at the third attempt for inspirational Gatton captain Aaron Werth.
Wattles held a 12-10 lead at half-time as Matt Duggan converted the tries of Ryan Duggan and Joel Koina, while Ashley Boney was unable to convert one of the two Gatton tries in the first stanza.
Gatton came out of the blocks strong in the second half and looked to have the result sewn up with a 32-12 lead with 20 minutes to go.
But Wattles fought back and ran in four straight tries, including Koina's second in the 72nd minute, which was converted to make the score 32-32 with seven minutes to play.
Matt Duggan then put Wattles up 33-32 with a field goal in the 76th minute before it was cancelled out by a field goal to Boney two minutes later, which sent the game into extra-time.
Neither team could score in the first period of golden point extra-time before Nicholls was on hand to score the match-winner in the first minute of the second stanza of extra-time.
Gatton coach Tom Friend was happy with the thrilling win despite letting Wattles back into the game.
"When we were up and cruising we should have gone on with it, but full credit to the Warriors," he said.
Wattles coach Luke Duggan was proud of the comeback from his players, especially as they lost hooker Dylan Ebneter in the first half and had Mitch Koina come from the field with a possible hamstring injury.
"I thought we were good in parts, but 15 minutes cost us the game there in the middle. That's life. That's footy," he said.
"The biggest problem was we lost our hooker, we lost a winger and we lost a back-rower before half-time, so we were down to one on the bench. We were gone from there, but we showed plenty of heart to come back."
37 (Ashley Boney 2, Josh Mildren, Jesse Godwin, Doug Asiata, Christian Thompson, Cameron Nicholls tries; Boney 3, Aaron Werth goals; Boney field goal) def in golden point extra-time
33 (Joel Koina 2, Ryan Duggan, Justin van der Poel, Matt Duggan, Robert Moore tries; Matt Duggan 4 goals; Matt Duggan field goal)By the clock
12min: Ryan Duggan try Matt Duggan goal (W6-0)
18min: Joel Koina try Duggan goal (W12-0)
21min: Ashley Boney try (W12-4)
29min: Josh Mildren try Boney goal (W12-10)
46min: Jesse Godwin try (G14-12)
50min: Boney try Aaron Werth goal (G20-12)
54min: Doug Asiata try Boney goal (G26-12)
59min: Christian Thompson try Boney goal (G32-12)
62min: Justin van der Poel try (G32-16)
65min: Matt Duggan try Duggan goal (G32-22)
69min: Robert Moore try (G32-26)
72min: Koina try Duggan goal (32-32)
76min: Duggan field goal (W33-32)
78min: Boney field goal (33-33)