Stars shine as Greater Southern Region run in 10 tries

RUGBY LEAGUE

Greater Southern Region let their northern cousins know who's boss with an electrifying 10-try blitz in Saturday's NSW Country Tier Two final at Tamworth.

Adding to Illawarra's success over Newcastle in the Tier One final, Greater Southern destroyed North Coast 50-6 to claim the Tier Two championship.

"The side we had on paper, there's class right across the board, and they fulfilled their potential today," Stars' coach Peter Hooper said.

"They were outstanding. We had contributions right across the paddock."

Joel Roberts, Tyson Brown and Michael Lett scored two tries apiece, while Aaron Henry, Blake Judd, Bronx Goodwin and Keiran Rankmore also crossed.

The Stars scored first before North Coast grabbed a converted try for a short-lived 6-4 lead.

Greater Southern scored four tries in the first half to secure a 18-6 lead at the break.

North Coast never really looked like making it a contest, as the points flowed freely in the second half.

Hooper said the previous week's 38-36 win over Northern Rivers provided the impetus for Saturday's dominant display.

"Their ego and pride were a little bruised from the week before," he said.

"They scored 36 points on us and we knew we were better than that ... it was probably a bit of a wake-up call.

"We were really determined defensively from the outset today. Their try came right on the sideline from having an extra person, but we'd defended for three or four sets before that happened, so I knew that if our defence is right in these types of games against sides like that, we were gonna go great.

"It was a fantastic team performance and they all had a hand in it. They were rapt to come home with the championship trophy."

Six Stars players were rewarded with selection in the Tier Two Country side. They were Lett, Goodwin, Henry, Jono Dallas, Yileen Gordon and Damien Paulissen.

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