Newcastle Rugby League:Macquarie hit back to win after conceding try inside 10 seconds against Kurri
MACQUARIE coach Adam Bettridge reckons it was the quickesttryin the history of rugby league.
Less than 10 secondshad elapsed when Kurri lock Jake Moore touched down after claiming a fortuitous bounce from thekick-off.
DOUBLE: Simon Allen scored two tries in Macquarie’s 44-22 win.
Parramattawinger Kirisome Auva’a scored the fastest try in the NRL, planting the ball down in 12.88 seconds, against the Broncos on Thursday night.Bettridge was certain Moore’s was quicker.
“It was 10 seconds, max,” Bettridge said. “I have never seen anything like it.”
Thankfully for Bettridge, the Scorpions bounced back to win 44-22 at Peackock Oval on Saturday and ensure they take momentum into the qualifying final.
Kurri led 16-0 after 15 minutes. The home side hit back to level at 16-all at half-time before taking control.
“The boys knew we had to be better, and they were in the second half,” Bettridge said.“I was pretty pleased with the attack in the middle forty minutes.”
“It was outstanding. We played more direct. We were too sideways in the first halfand, credit to Kurri, they defended it well. Once we started playing direct, things opened up a bit and we got the job done.”
Centre Royce Geoffrey and second-rower Simon Allen each scored two tries for the Scorpions but Bettridge rated winger Matt Hay as the “best player on the park by a million miles”.
The Scorpions meet Central in the qualifying final at Peacock Oval next Sunday.
“Semi finals is a different competition, we start again,” Bettridge said. “It is a different beast and it brings out the best in footballers and I’d like to think our senior players.”