EASTS TIGERS 35
Tries: Steven Thorpe (10m), Linc Port (31m), Jarrod McInally (43m), Adam Crear (67m), Gerard McCallum (77m), Conor Carey (79m)
Goals: Billy Walters 5 Conv
Field Goal: Brodie Croft (73m)
TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS 22
Tries: Jonathon Reuben (16m), Ty Carucci (26m), Jonathon Reuben (35m), Jonathon Reuben (56m)
Goals: Carlin Anderson 3 Conv
By Matt Crowhurst
After four rounds the Blackhawks sit atop the 2017 Intrust Super Cup Premiership ladder and are deservedly the bookies second favourites at $5.50 to win the title, only behind the Redcliffe Dolphins. They opened their season with three comprehensive wins, over the Norths Devils, Ipswich Jets and Mackay Cutters before falling to the Benji Marshall inspired Dolphins last weekend. Along the way, they have scored 123 points while only conceding 72, giving them a healthy plus 50 points ‘For and Against’.
Coach Kristian Wolfe has the advantage of being able to name an unchanged, and strong line up, from last weekend. Four of the squad (Blake Leary, Kierran Moseley, Anthony Mitchell and Jonathon Reuben) have played NRL while Michael Parker-Walshe and Carlin Anderson are among a number who have been part of NRL systems.
Anderson is currently the competitions top point scorer and 5th highest try scorer. Thanks, in no small part to a massive 28-point haul (2 tries and 10 goals from as many attempts) against the Mackay Cutters in Round 3.
At home, nearly at full strength and smarting from last weekend’s loss they will be a fearsome prospect on Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers were slow to start their season, solid efforts in the opening two rounds were only rewarded with a single point. They got the wheels rolling in Round 3 against before getting the wheels rolling against the Dolphins in Round 3 and really hitting their straps last weekend in accounting for the Northern Pride 42-12.
Like his Blackhawks counterpart Tigers coach Scott Sipple has named an unchanged line up from last round. However, his line-up is more likely to change as Melbourne Storm players filter into the Tigers on Saturday morning.
Billy Walters was at his scheming best against the Pride and he, along with the Tigers forward pack, will need to be at their best again if they are to have any chance in Townsville.
I have tipped the Tigers but honestly not with too much confidence.
Townsville $1.75, Tigers $2.75
Tigers by 4
1. Carlin Anderson 2. Samsen O’Neill 3. Temone Power 4. Ty Carucci 5. Jonathon Reuben 14. Kierran Moseley 7. Michael Parker-Walshe 22. Oshae Tuiasau 9. Anthony Mitchell 10. David Munro 11. Blake Leary 12. Andrew Niemoeller 13. Daniel Beasley (c) 15. Ross Bella 16. Kieran Quabba 18. Jordan Kenworthy 19. Sam Foster
Coach: Kristian Woolf
1. Gerard McCullum 2. Jarrod McInally 3. Shane Neumann 4. Conor Carey 5. Linc Port 6. Billy Walters 7. Brodie Croft 8. Steven Thorpe 9. Tommy Butterfield 14. David Murphy 11. Jake Foster (c) 12. Dean Britt 13. Jack Svendsen 15. Charlie Galo 16. Luke Lavelle 17. Adam Crear 10. Matt Zgrajewski
Coach: Scott Sipple
Easts 29 Townsville 20
Townsville 46 Easts 4
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