The North Brisbane Sharks have claimed their second Rep Cup clean sweep after defeating the Toowoomba Giants in the final on Sunday.
The win marks the second time the Sharks mens team has taken out the top honour, while the mixed secured its third.
Heading into the finals as underdogs against the reigning champions, the Sharks’ strong middle men came to the fore.
The prolific try scoring threats in both mens and mixed turned it on off the back of the momentum driven by the middles.
Ballerz’ Jake Coolwell and Adriano Gaile combined for the Shark’s two crucial second half tries to get the mixed side home against a frantic Toowoomba outfit 4-3.
Sharks captain Jess Sleep crossed for her side’s only points of the first half from a Jake Coolwell grubber.
Giants’ player of the match Allan Cooper got his side on the board with a first half double, while danger-man Kevin Platz pushed his side ahead early after half time.
A controversial, but correct try ruling to Adriano Gaile off a grubber from Jason West six minutes from time sealed the famous win.
Sharks def Giants 4-3
Sharks: Jess Sleep, Jake Coolwell, Adriano Gaile
Giants: Allan Cooper (2), Kevin Platz
Player of the Match: Allan Cooper
2020 Rep Cup Mixed full match replay.
The Sharks mens team has won their first Rep Cup title since 2012 with an emphatic 5-1 win over the Giants.
Leading Stafford try scorers Corey Pocock and Jesse Ripley starred with four tries, while 2012 champion Tyrone Lockrey notched up one of his own.
The Sharks mens win is their first over the Giants (formally the Titans).
Boasting a team of familiar faces, the Giants had the ascendancy early with a heavy dose of rucking and key field position.
Roderick Robertson crossed for his side’s first and only points with a beautiful show and go to beat two Sharks’ defenders.
The Brisbane outfit started to win the field position battle and their dangermen came into the game.
Corey Pocock scooted 20m down the right sideline to score the Sharks’ first points, while Jesse Ripley dived over in the same corner from a lovely ball from Jai Lockrey.
Signs of wear and tear started to show with stars Chris Chan and Roderick Robertson succumbing to injury, while captain Ben Burstow battled through a number of niggles.
A walk over try from Tyrone Lockrey minutes before halftime produced an overstated scoreline at the break as the Giants scrambled to maintain seven players on the field.
Some tremendous fortitude and determination willed the talented Toowoomba side on early in the second half.
As they fell back to their default of rucking and tight defence, the Sharks were afforded little opportunity.
Without subs, the toll began to show as the game started to break up mid-way through the second half.
A rare opportunity gifted try-scoring threat Jessie Ripley his second to break the backs of the gallant Giants side.
Corey Pocock would chase a 20m grubber shortly area to ice the victory as plenty of Toowoomba players hobbled off the field.
Well done to the Sharks Mens side defeating the Giants 5-1 and ending their three-year reign at the top. Hold your heads up high Toowoomba!
Sharks: Jessie Ripley (2), Corey Pocock (2), Tyrone Lockrey
Giants: Roderick Robertson
Player of the Match: Corey Pocock
LIVIN Try Leaders
Well done to Corey Pocock – Sharks Mens (5), Adriano Gaile – Sharks Mixed (6) and Jemma Whitley – Giants Mixed (2).
A special mention to Kevin Platz (Gaints Mixed) who finished top of the table with 3 assists.
Fastest Man and Woman in Kick It | 20/10 Knock Out Competition.
Amazing effort by our Fastest Man and Woman in Kick It race champions Beau Hess and Chloe Storm.
The win is Beau’s second consecutive title, while Chloe improved on her 2018 second placing.
Big props to Kahlem Reardon who claimed the 20/10 knock out comp in difficult conditions.
We had seven out of 38 players make it to the second round with Kahlem the last man standing. Well done.
A big thank you to our 2020 Rep Cup partners LIVIN, Arrivederci Pizzeria, GYG Toowong/Indooroopilly, Kropp Sport, Range Brewing & Toowong Harries Little Athletics.
Rep Cup team photos