An inspired Beaudesert Kingfishers outfit tackled its way to a 14-6 triumph to knock the Mudgeeraba Redbacks off the top of the ladder in front of a passionate home crowd at Willis Park on Saturday night.
In the early exchanges, the Kingfishers looked a slick cohesive unit, completing quality sets to take the upper hand in the arm wrestle before throwing the ball wide where they were a constant threat.
By the break, they commanded a 10-6 lead, with Mudgeeraba refusing to lie down in what was a punishing high level encounter.
Beaudesert coach Keith Gee said it all just seemed to come together for his side in the opening forty minutes.
“We were able to apply a lot of pressure and our points came as they fatigued,” he said.
The Kingfishers scored first in the second half, landing a telling blow to extend their advantage to 14-6.
The Redbacks, however, fought back into the contest. In the final minutes, they threw everything at the desperate Kingfishers, who, spurred on by their supporters, withstood the try line barrage for five consecutive sets.
“We had to keep them out,” Gee said.
":If they score then it’s 14-12 and anything can happen in the final minutes of a rugby league game – it was edge of your seat stuff.”
Gee once again was proud of his charges for their determination and resilience but said his team lost no respect for the dangerous Redbacks.
Kingfishers remain in third on the QTOP Doug Lipp Competition table. They next play on July 28 when they travel to meet sixth placed Bilambil who will be striving to stay in the finals race.