The Beaudesert Kingfishers unleashed a second half onslaught to overcome the Ormeau Shearers 36-16 at Willis Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Kingfishers got off to a flyer in front of their home fans, opening the scoring within five minutes through Alex Gee on the left flank.
Leading 4-0 after the sideline conversion shaved the upright, it appeared Beaudesert had remedied the slow starts which plagued them of late. But the Shearers fought back into the contest physically and levelled the score.
At the 30 minute mark, the Kingfishers were penalised gifting the Shearers field position and the frontrower crashed over to take a 10-4 lead.
Both teams had chances prior to the break. The Kingfishers crossed but a brilliant around the corner pass was called forward. At the other end, Ormeau threatened but were held up over the line by resilient defence.
Beaudesert returned to the field inspired in the second forty after some sage words from coach Kieth Gee.
“I told the boys it was our last half of footy at home for the season and if they lifted and completed their sets, they would get it together,” he said.
Eight minutes in Kingfishers’ hooker Sam Lutzke equalised and sparked his team to life. Shortly after Alex Gee bagged his second and suddenly Beaudesert led 16-10.
The sensational surge continued with tries to Nick Harkin and Jake Cole, before electrifying under-19 star Shallin Fuller pounced on a loose ball and raced 60 metres to plant the ball down. The Shearers managed a late consolation try but couldn’t halt the assault.
Gee said it was frustrating watching his side’s first half performance but pleasing to see them turn it around.
"We have to change that going into the finals,” he said.
“They were winning the ruck early. We did a great job to come back as their bigger guys started to tire.”
The emphatic round 16 victory sees the Kingfishers remain third on the OTOP Doug Lipp Competition Ladder on 42 points, trailing Mudgeeraba(45) and leaders Currumbin(46).
Entering the final round Runaway Bay(35) and Burleigh(34) should also sneak into the top five ahead of Bilambil(32). Beaudesert face Runaway Bay on Sunday.