The Friday session of the 2020 PBR Australia Grand Finals was dominated by Gresford’s Lachlan Richardson, who went 2-for-2 on Friday night to trim Aaron Kleier’s lead in the standings to just 29 points.
Two rounds of competition went into the books on Night 1 of the event inside the Townsville Entertainment Centre.
Here is how it all unfolded:
The first round of the night was taken out by Kurt Shephard, who posted a brilliant 86-point ride into his hand aboard Bucksnort (Wallace Bucking Bulls). The Mareeba cowboy picked up 20 points and moved himself up to third place in the PBR Australia National Standings.
Lachlan Richardson pegged back some ground in the race for the Gold Buckle when he combined with Annihilation (Brandeburg Bucking Bulls) for a fast spinning 84.75 points. The second-place finish earned the Gresford talent 15 points which closed the gap to Kleier in the standings to just 49 points.
Moura’s Lawson Nobbs wound up in third place in the round with an excellent ride away from his hand aboard Freckles Brown (Wallace Bucking Bulls). His ride score of 84.5 points moved him up five the standings to 14th place.
Defending PBR Australian National Champion Aaron Kleier finished in fourth place in the round after he gritted out 84.25 points on Bad Moon (Dunne Bulls). The Clermont talent picked up 8 vital points towards his standings total to keep Richardson at arm’s length.
Jake Curr secured Rookie of the Year honours with 84 points on Iron Jacket (Wallace Bucking Bulls). The qualified ride took the Mount Isa cowboy’s record aboard the bull to 3-for-3. Despite the ride, Curr slipped behind Shephard and into 4th place.
The judges marked Lachlan Slade 83.25 points in the very first trip of the round aboard Top Deck (Kleier Bucking Bulls).
Bailey Woodard was next to post a score, combining with Bang and Grind for 83.25 points.
Caiden Sandilands was awarded 81.5 points for his ride on Barn Yard and Brady Fidler rounded out the rundown with 79.75 points in a re-ride opportunity on Personal Space (Dunne Bulls).
The bulls dominated the second round of the night, allowing just three qualified rides.
Lachlan Richardson took the maximum 20 points and moved his aggregate total onto 172.5 points with an 87.75-point ride aboard the previously unridden Cattle King Boogers Beach (Dittmann Bucking Bulls).
Richardson closed the gap between himself and the No. 1 ranking to just 29 points after Aaron Kleier bucked off Mighty Whitey in the final trip of the night.
Finishing the round in second place and holding down third in the aggregate standings is Brady Fielder after he added 83 points with a qualified ride on Cattle King Ray Ban (Dittmann Bucking Bulls) to move his total score onto 163.25 points.
Kurt Shephard is second in the event standings after he posted 82 points aboard Notorious and he now has an aggregate total score of 168.0 points.
Aggregate Standings after Round 2
1 – Lachlan Richardson – 172.5
2 – Kurt Shephard – 168
3 – Brady Fielder – 163.25
4 – Lawson Nobbs – 84.5
5 – Aaron Kleier – 84.25
6 – Jake Curr – 84
7 – Lachlan Slade – 83.75
8 – Bailey Woodard – 83.25
9 – Caiden Sandilands – 81.5
After Night 1, POA Fully Locked & Loaded (Dittmann Bucking Bulls) leads the bull standings after he was marked 43.75 points bucking off Lachlan Slade in Round 2.
He is followed by Drag Iron (Dunne Bulls) who put up 43 points in his demolition job of Cody Heffernan.
Cattle King Boogers Beach (Dittmann Bucking Bulls) and Pretty Boy (Wallace Bucking Bulls) are a further 0.25 points behind heading into Night 2.
Check back tomorrow for The Afternoon Line and full coverage of the final three rounds of the 2020 PBR Australia season.