No change to the order at the top six of the Intrust Super Cup after Round 18, although the battle for sixth spot got even closer as the top five also snuck away to be three wins clear.
Wins for Burleigh and Redcliffe, plus a guaranteed two points for the bye for Townsville and PNG Hunters kept status quo at the top, and only a surprise draw for the Tigers at home to the Capras stopped a clean sweep of top 5 wins.
Northern Pride remain in sixth despite a home loss to Ipswich, but those teams and the two from the TV game victors Wynnum and the Souths Loan Magpies are all locked on 18 points.
Despite unfavourable results in Round 18, Sunshine Coast down to the Capras can still realistically dream of finals football too.
Not a great day for the home teams, with only Burleigh getting a win in front of their fans.
The games in a little more detail are below.
RESULTS AT A GLANCE
Sunshine Coast 8 REDCLIFFE 28
Souths Logan 26 WYNNUM 36
BURLEIGH 36 Norths 32
Northern Pride 10 IPSWICH 30
Easts 24 Central 24
DOLPHINS GOING SWIMMINGLY AFTER WIN ON THE COAST
Redcliffe made amends for the surprise loss at home to Wynnum the weekend before with a comfortable win over the Sunshine Coast Falcons on Saturday night.
An early try after just two minutes got Redcliffe on track, and although the Falcons equalised in the 20th minutes it was as close as they would get.
Redcliffe replied ten minutes later, and after half time scored a try every ten minutes to extend their lead to 28-4. By the time the Sunshine Coast scored their second try it was a mere consolation and Redcliffe had two points and a share of second with the Hunters.
That battle for second rages next weekend as the Hunters visit Redcliffe at Dolphin Oval, for a clash that is not to be missed, and I won’t.
WYNNUM SPOIL PHIL DENNIS DAY
It was Phil Dennis Day at Davies Park on Sunday, but despite the commemorative face masks, someone forgot to tell the Wynnum Seagulls not to spoil the party.
Sunday’s game featured two sides who caused upsets the week before, and the Magpies big win over Townsville had hopes high, but Wynnum also came into the game in form after sneaking past Redcliffe the weekend before.
Wynnum looked on track for a comfortable victory too, scoring the first two tries, and taking a commanding 22-4 lead just after half time with a try two minutes after the break.
But the Magpies proved tough to beat as they scored three tries in 13 minutes to close within 2 points. In a frantic finish the Seagulls scored two tries to one in the last seven minutes to extend the final margin to 36-26.
Whilst Wynnum spoiled the party for the Magpies, they have set the party up nicely for sixth place with both of these becoming two of the four on 18 points.
BURLEIGH REMAIN ON TOP AFTER DEVILS WHIRLWIND FINISH
The Bears remain on top of the Intrust Super Cup and by three points after they hung on for a win against a Norths who almost stole an unlikely victory.
Unlikely because Burleigh looked on track for a dominant win at Pizzey Park as they replied to Norths’ early try with four first half tries, and another two by the 54th minute – all with conversions – to lead 36-4. A lead they still had with 15 minutes to go.
Norths then went on a scoring spree with 5 tries from the 66th minute to their last in the 79th minute to provide the Bears with a real scare. The Devils ultimately ran out of time, but have something to take into next week’s game against the Falcons.
Burleigh will not want to take it too easy next week, with the blockbuster clash in Townsville awaiting.
WALKER BROTHERS WARNING PROVING PROPHETIC AS JETS LAND BACK IN FINALS CONTENTION
After warning the competition before the trip to Cairns not to write off the reigning premiers, Ipswich proved how dangerous they can be with a comfortable win over the Pride who currently hold onto sixth place by just 1 point of for and against difference.
An early penalty to the Jets was cancelled by the Pride’s first try, and from there it was all Ipswich as 5 tries at regular intervals saw the lead spread out to 30-6 before a late consolation to the Pride gave them enough to hold onto sixth for now.
The Pride have now lost three of their last four in Cairns and will need to improve that if they want to hold onto that sixth place.
Ipswich have an upper hand on some of their competitors for sixth place as they still have a bye and guaranteed two points to come.
EASTS DREW CENTRAL
Match Report coming soon
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