POINTS FROM THE GAME
NORTHS PERFORMANCE AGAINST THE BLACKHAWKS NO ONE OFF
The Devils ran the all powerful Townsville side close last weekend, and their progress continued into Round 2 by defeating no less a team than the current premiers Burleigh Bears at their home ground. They were in front early, and in control for most of the match. With the Hunters away coming up, a good start was key for Norths to climb the ladder in 2017.
TWO TRIES IN TWO FOR BLACKHAWKS RECRUIT
Delouise Hoeter looked a great recruit for the Devils for 2017, a quality centre with plenty to offer, and he has repaid the faith shown with tries in consecutive weeks. Hopefully he can continue the rich scoring form.
WOULD CHRIS SANDOW EVEN GET A GAME?
Talk just before the season was that Chris Sandow was to play with the Devils in 2017, but with Broncos’ Kodi Nikorima currently in the halves alongside the always excellent Todd Murphy he’d be battling for a bench spot at best. Until Nikorima gets the NRL call up.
WILL THE BEARS MATCH THE JETS POST PREMIERSHIP BLUES?
It is now 0/2 for the reigning premiers to start the season, and the worry is they match Ipswich’s feat from the previous season of missing the finals after a premiership win. It is not that the effort is there, and they have the chance to turn the results around next week in Rockhampton.
If the results don’t turn around soon, the Rivalry Round clash with the equally struggling Tweed Heads Seagulls in Round 6 could have even more importance.
NORTHS DEVILS 26
Tries: Dane Chang (6m), James Taylor (18m), Delouise Hoeter (48m), Michael Lucas (63m), Michael Lucas (72m).
Goals: 3 Conversions
BURLEIGH BEARS 14
Tries: Connor Broadhurst (33m), Oliver Regan (52m), Lorenzo Maafu (78m)
Goals: 1 Conversion
The Intrust Super Cup Round 2 kicks off at Pizzey Park between two winless sides from Round 1. Both sides looked good in patches, and the Devils were the most unlucky having lost by just two points to the Townsville Blackhawks and almost snatching the game late.
Burleigh matched Redcliffe at times, but were out enthused early in the game, and although the Bears got themselves back into the game it was too late as Redcliffe were too far ahead. There were signs that Burleigh won’t plummet back too far in 2017, but they will want to avoid a 0-2 start to the season.
Very few would have given Norths much chance of beating Townsville last weekend, and their sterling effort has seen them surprisingly open as favourites for this weekend’s clash. But the punters may know more than us, and the Devils will hope so too.
KEY MATCH UP
The fullback battle looks great on paper with Burleigh’s Kurtis Rowe and Norths’ Javarn White, but it looks like the key match up will be in the engine room.
Burleigh have big boys Luke Page and Pat Vaivai and the Devils boast Francis Molo and all produced good first round games. As did the hookers who made 73 tackles between them last weekend.
Whoever gets the upper hand here will likely lead their respective team to victory.
Burleigh Bears by 8 points.
1. Kurtis Rowe 2. Troy Leo 3. Sami Sauiluma 4. Connor Broadhurst 5. Oliver Regan 6. Daniel Schwass 7. Samuel Grant 8. Luke Page (c) 9. Sam Coster 10. Paterika Vaivai 11. Jamie Dowling (c) 12. Dylan Kelly 13. Jeffrey Lynch 15. Rhys Duke 16. Matthew White 17. Lorenzo Ma’afu 19. Darren Griffiths
Coach: Jim Lenihan
1. Javarn White 2. Michael Lucas 3. Delouise Hoeter 4. Luke Pollock 5. Dane Chang 6. Gary Riccardi 7. Todd Murphy 8. Francis Molo 9. Billy Brittain (c) 10. James Taylor 11. David Faamita 12. Matiu Love-Henry 13. Dalton Phillips 14. Michael Pearsall 15. Mattais Heimuli 16. Michael Molo 17. Stephen Coombe
Coach: Mark Gliddon
2016 R5 Norths 6 Burleigh 26
2016 R18 Burleigh 36 Norths 32
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