Redcliffe Dolphins are second on the Intrust Super Cup ladder after a win over the Ipswich Jets on Sunday afternoon at Dolphin Oval.
But Redcliffe paid the price for the win with Benji Marshall going off late in the game after injuring a wrist, with it potentially being broken. He ruined the occasion of being named Man of the Match from the TV coverage, and he certainly was one of the Dolphins best on the day.
Having Benji Marshall in the side shows the firepower Redcliffe has at their disposal in 2017, as does the inclusion of former Blackhawks powerhouse Moses Pangai in the centres, alongside PNG International Thompson Teteh. Throw in Jonus Pearson who didn’t look out of place for the Broncos in 2016 but can’t get an opportunity in 2017, and the underated Christian Hazard and they have a quality backline. Not to mention the forward pack.
Redcliffe led 24-12 at the break after outscoring the Jets five tries to two. No surprise that try scoring machine Michael Purcell scored one of the Jets. Nor that Moses Pangai opened up his try scoring account for the season.
The Dolphins scored first in the second half to extend their lead to 28-12, but Ipswich did threaten to comeback in the second half with two tries, and if either try had been converted the Jets would have been within a converted try. But despite all their best efforts and usual flair, Ipswich were condemned to a fourth straight loss, and now sit third last with just one win for the season.
Redcliffe have a tough run ahead with the first of the Bayside Herald matches at Wynnum next weekend, followed by a trip to Port Moresby. No easier for Ipswich either with the in form Tigers visiting North Ipswich Reserve next weekend.
REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 28
Tries: Josh Beehag (10m), Jonus Pearson (16m), Troy Giess (24m), Moses Pangai (27m), Benji Marshall (39m), Christian Hazard (47m)
Goals: Josh Beehag 2 Conv
IPSWICH JETS 20
Tries: Wes Conlon (13m), Michael Purcell (31m), Nathan Gaulton (62m), Richard Pandia (71m)
Goals: Luke Capewell 2 Conv
The Redcliffe Dolphins showed that they deserve their status as one of the competition’s teams to beat as they beat the competition favourites Townsville Blackhawks 18-6 on Saturday night.
Most impressive about the win was the fact they kept Townsville to just one try in the 79th minute. Some effort against a side who racked up 60 the week before.
It was the first much anticipated appearance of Benji Marshall, who played in the unfamiliar surrounds of Dolphin Oval, in the unfamiliar jersey number 23, and the unfamiliar position of fullback. What wasn’t unfamiliar was his additions to the game, and it looks like the Dolphins will get great value out of him in 2017.
Redcliffe are in a bunch of five teams with 3 wins and 1 loss, and they will be confident of notching another to stay around the top of the ladder. With a fearsome forward pack, and an already quality backline boosted by the arrival of Benji Marshall, they should be confident.
Not quite as much confidence for the Ipswich Jets who have now lost three games in a row, the last against the sunshine Coast Falcons in Falcons.
The Jets will need to get back to winning ways soon, or face the threat of being cut adrift for 2017. There’s still loads of quality in the Ipswich line up, including former Redcliffe Dolphin Luke Capewell. Michael Purcell is always one to keep an eye on.
No surprise that Benji Marshall is the one to watch for Redcliffe.
Redcliffe look too strong all about the park, and should win this by a few tries.
1. Benji Marshall 2. Joshua Beehag 3. Thompson Teteh 4. Aaron Whitchurch 5. Jonus Pearson 6. Tyson Gamble 7. Christian Hazard 18. Matthew Lodge 9. Hayden Hansen 16. Myles Taueli 11. Brandon Lee 12. Troy Giess 13. Samuel Anderson (c) 14. Hugh Pratt 15. Tyson Cleal 17. Samson Graham 10. Nicholas Slyney
Coach: Adam Mogg
1. Wes Conlon 2. Michael Purcell 3. Marion Seve 4. Nemani Valekapa 5. Richard Pandia 6. Luke Capewell 7. Dane Phillips (c) 8. Billy McConnachie 9. Mikaere Beattie 10. Nat Neale 11. Sam Martin 22. Tyson Lofipo 13. Ben White 14. Chris Ash 15. Lachlan Roe 16. Huskie Teatau 17. Mitch Carpenter 21. Nathan Gaulton
Coach: Ben Walker and Shane Walker
Redcliffe 38 Ipswich 12
Ipswich 24 Redcliffe 34
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