Burtenshaw leads Grand Finals, Fielder trims Kleier’s lead on Night 1

Coonamble’s Nathan Burtenshaw leads the way after Round 2 of the 2019 PBR Australian National Finals.

Burtenshaw got his night started right by covering Booger Man (MJ/Brandenburg Bucking Bulls) for 85-points. The score was good enough to split third in the opening round.

The 25-year-old then remained perfect with an 86-point ride aboard Barn Yard (Kleier Bucking Bulls) to move to an aggregate total of 171.5 points.

Fraser Babbington sits in second place on 169.5 points after putting together his own 2-for-2 night.

The retiring Kiwi combined with Cattle King King’s Ransom (Dittmann Bucking Bulls) for 86.5 points to take the Round 1 win. His second score of 83-points came aboard Flaunt It (Dunne Bulls).

Brazilian Eduardo Aparecido holds down the third spot in the aggregate with 167.25 points. Aparecido turned down a re-ride option and kept an 80.75-point score in the opening round after he rode Rambo (Dittmann Bucking Bulls). He then became the first rider in three years to reach the whistle aboard Slam n Jam (MJ/Brandenburg Bucking Bulls), receiving 86.5 points for his effort.

Lachlan Richardson is the best of the riders with one score. The Gresford cowboy dominated King Kong (Kleier Bucking Bulls) for 88.5 points and the Round 2 win.

Moura’s Lawson Nobbs put together a flashy 87.75 points aboard POA Lock n Load (Dittmann Bucking Bulls) to wind up the night splitting fifth in the event, alongside Clermont’s Brady Fielder who rode POA Palooka (Dittmann Bucking Bulls).

Clermont’s Aaron Kleier sits ninth in the event following his 85.75-point ride on oOh! Night Hawk (Throsby & Russell Bucking Bulls) in the second round.

As a result, Fielder has trimmed Kleier’s lead in the National Championship from 1510 points to 1402.5 points. View the updated National Standings.

There are fifteen riders with a score on the board following Night 1 of the 2019 PBR Australia Grand Finals. Check out the PBR Australia Results for a full rundown of the scores. Tomorrow I will have a full wrap up available.

Check back later today where The Afternoon Line will feature in-depth analysis of the matchups for Round 3 and 4.