QUICK HANDS: Sunshine Coast Falcon's player Todd Murphy passing the ball back to team mate Chris Lewis.
QUICK HANDS: Sunshine Coast Falcon's player Todd Murphy passing the ball back to team mate Chris Lewis. Laura Blackmore

PHOTOS: Smashing performance in country Q Cup game

EARLIER today the Q Cup leader board team proved why they are on top of the competition after a smashing performance at the Nanango Stags home ground.

As part of the Country Week round on Sunday, July 21 the Sunshine Coast Falcons defeated the Norths Devils with a score of 30-12 in a live televised game.

Sunshine Coast Falcon's Coach Eric Smith said he was very pleased with how his team played against the Norths Devils.

"It was a great win against a quality opposition," said Smith.

"Norths have been playing some really good footy and they're going to be in the finals so to come out and win as well as we did today is outstanding."

"(Norths) always start really strong, like for example when we played them last time they scored three tries inside the first 15 minutes."

"We knew that we wanted to start well and match them with energy."

"I thought (our energy) and just our talk was what lead us to victory today."

"Defensively we've been outstanding all year and we leaked a couple in the second half which was not the greatest."


"We've had to work extremely hard to get into this position and we know we've got just as much, if not more, work to do before now and the beginning of the finals," he said.

The Sunshine Coast team had a stellar start to the first half of the game, scoring four tries with four conversions and kicking one penalty goal.

The Falcon's were leading the score board at half time 26 - 0 before the Norths Devils looked like they were making a comeback.

Norths Devils player Herbie Farnworth scored and converted his own try and then his team mate Pride Petterson-Robati put another try on the score board.

However, the leader board team were too strong for their opposition and held onto the win.

Sunshine Coast Falcon player Harry Grant was awarded 'Man of the Match' for his phenomenal performance at the Country Week clash.

Norths Devils Assistant Coach Rhett Tronc said it wasn't the best game the team has played this year.

"We had some fire in us in the second half, which at least gave us 30-12," said Tronc.

"We could of easily turned it over and they could of scored like they have done in the last month by putting a lot of points on the teams."

"That's a positive we'll take away from (the game) and build for the next five weeks," he said.

"It will be important for us to regroup this week, have the bye, freshen up and then have the run into the semi finals."

Sunshine Coast Falcon try scorers were Jon Rebuen (2), Todd Murphy, Tom Rafter and Nat McGavin, with Todd Murphy converting four of the five goals and kicking one penalty goal.

Norths Devils try scorers were Herbie Farnworth and Pride Petterson-Robati, with Herbie Farnworth converting both tries.