BOOT: Northern Force's Tim McIntosh takes a kick during the match against Gin Gin at South Kolan on Sunday.
BOOT: Northern Force's Tim McIntosh takes a kick during the match against Gin Gin at South Kolan on Sunday. Mike Knott BUN180617NDRL4

The Force is rising in the NDRL comp

LEAGUE: The Northern Force is confident it's on the right path to success in its debut season in the Northern Districts Rugby League.

The side moved to second in the competition after an impressive 50-20 win over Gin Gin at South Kolan on Sunday.

The Force destroyed the Hawks with some of its best football this season as they scored 36 of the last 44 points of the game in a strong second half.

"It was pretty close at half-time and I told them to put it together and not to turn over possession,” Force coach Mick O'Sullivan said.

"It was a good hit-out from the players and we did it with 13 players and no bench turning up.

"It was a pretty important game and we were glad to win.”

O'Sullivan said the side's improved form came from one area.

"There has been a sense of urgency from the playing group in the past few weeks,” he said.

"They see what's ahead and are now providing the effort to match what they have to do.”

And now the side is aiming big.

"I've always said you need to finish in the top two to take advantage of the second chance,” O'Sullivan said.

"We should have all our players back by the finals so we want to be in a good position to utilise that.”

The side now has the bye this week with the Force focusing on its defence during the break.

In the other game of the round, Avondale continued its ruthless display in the competition with a 72-0 win over Burnett Heads.

The side has now qualified for the finals with its 10th win.

They now play Gin Gin this week with Burnett Heads to play South Kolan.



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