The Redcliffe Dolphins retain the upper hand on the chase for the minor premiership after keeping the Central Capras to nil in a 40-0 win in Gladstone on Saturday night.
Marley Brown Oval has not been a happy hunting ground for the central Queensland side usually based in Rockhampton, and Saturday night’s game was no exception with their record now four losses from four games over two seasons.
It looked as if the loss wasn’t foregone conclusion as the Capras held the table topping Dolphins to just the one converted try at the break. But the Dolphins turned it on in the second half to blow the Capras away and retain their lead at the top of the Intrust Super Cup with just one round of the regular season to go.
In a second 40 minutes that produced 7 tries, the Dolphins tore apart the Capras to seal their seventh straight win and 12 from their last 13. It was a half of football that will no doubt have caught the attention of the other likely finalists.
A double to Christian Hazard within three minutes, and a more regular double to Curtis Johnston were some of the scoring highlights for the Dolphins. Recent Broncos debutant Jonas Pearson also got into the action just before full time.
The 42 point haul also leaves Redcliffe as the best attacking team of the Intrust Super competition with one round left averaging just under 30 points per game. They already had the meanest defence in the league with an average against just over half of that.
Redcliffe hold the upper hand in the race for the minor premiership needing to either win or for Burleigh not to win next weekend to take top spot.
REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 42 – Tries: Ahern (6m), Johnston (47m), Aiono (57m), Hazard (61m), Hazard (64m), Johnston (68m), Randall (75m), Pearson (79m). Goals: Nicholls 5/7 Conv, Pearson 1/1 Conv.
CENTRAL CAPRAS 0.
The Redcliffe juggernaut continues in the Intrust Super Cup. Having dispatched Ipswich last weekend, they set their sights on a Capras side who don’t have much more than pride to play for at this stage of the season.
Redcliffe are the form team of the competition, and their position at the top of the ISC ladder is justified after a run of 6 straight wins and another five in a row before the hiccup in the middle against Wynnum.
Their position at the top is not safe as yet, with Burleigh and Townsville potential party poopers, but given the form of the side they look on track for not only their first finals series in some time, but a cherry on top with the minor premiership.
Central have had a much improved 2016, after a 2015 which saw them win just their first round clash. Whilst 6 wins and a draw is good improvement, but still room for more improvement in 2017.
The game is being played at Marley Brown Oval in Gladstone for the short trip down from Rockhampton for the Capras. Although, it isn’t the happiest of hunting grounds with a loss against Easts earlier in 2016 and two visits in 2015 resulting in two losses.
Prediction: Redcliffe by 20
Central Capras v Redcliffe Dolphins @ Marley Brown Oval, Gladstone
Kick Off: Saturday 7pmThis Season: Redcliffe 40 Central 4
Last Season: Central 4 Redcliffe 28 / Redcliffe 68 Central 16
1. Reece Baker 20. Jake Ainsworth 4. Justin Tavae 2. Chanel Seigafo 5. Junior Kirisome 6. Maipele Morseau 7. Matt Minto 8. Gavin Hiscox (c) 14. Charles Bouzinac 10. Jack Kavanagh 11. Vic Halfpenny 12. Guy Williams 13. Samson Graham 3. Brandon Manase9. Joshua Mitchell 15. Aleki Falepaini 16. William Cullen 22. John Filipo
Coach: Kim Williams
1. Jack Ahearn 2. Joshua Beehag 3. Daniel Randall 4. Aaron Whitchurch 5. Curtis Johnston 6. Zach Strasser 7. Darren Nicholls 8. Sam Anderson (c) 9. Shane Pumipi 10. Charlie Faingaa 15. Brandon Lee 12. Daniel Bridge 13. Christopher Gesch 11. Anthony Cherrington 20. Taylor Brown 23. Tyson Cleal 25. Christian Hazard
Coach: Adam Mogg
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