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Coach Alec Evans declared Gold Coast an ideal Super 14 inclusion after leading the Breakers to a maiden Queensland Premier Rugby title today.

The Coast scored a tense grand final victory over University at Ballymore in their third decider in four years after two losses to Canberra.

A pro-Coast crowd cheered themselves hoarse as a desperate Breakers team, leading 19-3 at halftime, withstood a late Uni fightback.

The four-tries-to-two triumph, highlighted by two stunning charge-down tries, signalled Evans’ fourth Queensland premiership with three different clubs in 20 seasons.

The former Wallabies assistant coach and enowned “scrum doctor” said the success and support showed the Coast’s lofty claims for inclusion in the expanded Super 14 in 2006 were warranted.

“There was more Gold Coast supporters here than Brisbane people,” he said in relation to the region’s hopes to beat Melbourne, Perth and the NSW Central Coast to a fourth Australian franchise.

“Gold Coast is now a rugby city.

“This club is an ideal feeder club for a Super 14 team.

“The whole structure is there. If we have the support of the QRU and then the ARU we won’t let anybody down.”

After full-time Coast bid team leader and Queensland Tourism chief Terry Jackman said: “Now for the Super 14 ‘ that’s going to be a bigger battle”.

The Coast were willed on by a Grant Hackett pep talk during the week and messages of support from former Wallabies skipper John Eales.

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