ON POINT: Macquarie’s Randall Briggs. Picture: Marina NeilRandall Briggs may not be able to slot them at training but he stepped up when it counted on Sunday with a field goal to win the game 13-12 for Macquarie over Lakes.
With eight minutes remaining Briggs broke the deadlock from 30 metres out and put the Scorpions ahead for the first time in the round nineencounter, much to the delight of the home crowd at Peacock Field.
The second-rower, who had shifted to five-eighth in the closing stages to cover injuries, produced the winning play normally assigned to his older brother Scott, who returned from a one-match suspension in reserve grade.
It was a new kind of experience for Briggs.
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Macquarie trailed 6-0 and 12-6 throughout the afternoon courtesy of tries in either half to Lakes pair Lee McClintock and Jamie Ghoulmieh.
But it was another Briggs, younger sibling Isaac, who helped equalise with determined four pointers at opposite ends.
This fighting spirit, despite constant mistakes and a depleted bench, shone through according to Scorpions coach Adam Bettridge.
“We completed at 22 per cent in the first half, which was one of the worst performances I’ve seen from a side I’ve coached,” he said.
“But you look at the positive, their will to win this side is outstanding.
“We ended up with no subs on the bench and a lot of people gave us stick during the week aboutGal[injured captain Blake Gallen] not playing. Their effort was there today, but their football brain just didn’t follow.”
Lakes coach Dean Noonan said he was pleased with the showing despite the result.
“It’s not that often you’re on a losing team but you’re still reasonably happy with the performance,” Noonan said. “I was today.”
Elsewhere in Newcastle Rugby League andit was Central that accounted for Kurri Kurri 18-8 in a tight tussle at St John Oval on Sunday.
LADDER:Western Suburbs 16, Macquarie, Central Newcastle 12, South Newcastle, Lakes 8, Cessnock 6, Kurri Kurri, Maitland 4