The first half of the Bayside showdown has been emphatically handed to the Redcliffe Dolphins as they shut out the Wynnum Seagulls at BMD Kougari on Sunday afternoon winning 24-0.
The result saw the Dolphins take the competition lead from the two Melbourne feeder sides Sunshine Coast and Easts Tigers after their wins yesterday. It also answer the question about whether Redcliffe can get the job done without big name star Benji Marshall.
The scoring was split evenly between the two halves for Redcliffe, with two tries in each 40 minute period, and Josh Beehag scooped up 16 points with a double and four goals.
The underrated Redcliffe halfback Christian Hazard and the forgotten Bronco Jonus Pearson scored the Dolphins other two tries.
For Wynnum it was their third straight loss and second in a row at home, and they are now 8th with only the two Gold Coast sides scoring less so far in 2017. It doesn’t get any easier next week, with the local derby with the in form Easts Tigers.
REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 24
Tries: Josh Beehag (17m), Christian Hazard (22m), Josh Beehag (59m), Jonus Pearson (68m)
Goals: Josh Beehag 3 Conv, 1 Pen
WYNNUM SEAGULLS 0
Rivalry round wouldn’t be complete without a clash of the bayside rivals Wynnum and Redcliffe, although a similar argument could be made about Wynnum and Easts too.
The home side come into the game after two straight losses after starting the season with three straight wins, where as Redcliffe have bounced back from their only loss of the season with two straight wins at home.
Both sides head into the Round 6 clash missing one of their high profile Broncos fringe players. Benji Marshall has been outstanding for Redcliffe in his only two games thus far, but a late injury picked up against Ipswich last weekend has seen him ruled out this weekend and beyond. Although the Dolphins were getting the job done without him earlier in the year.
Wynnum will be missing PNG International David Mead after he got an overdue break with the Broncos on Thursday night.
Plenty of quality remains in both sides, but looking down the team sheets, Redcliffe appear to have the advantage for this game, and the odds and our tipsters agree. Although it is a big rivalry game and most things normal go out the window when rivals meet. The Chook Pen, who create one the great atmosphere’s in the Intrust Super Cup, will certainly make sure Redcliffe won’t have an easy afternoon.
WHO TO LOOK FOR
The big centres for Redcliffe. With both PNG international Thompson Teteh and the very promising Townsville recruit Moses Pangai, the Dolphins have as solid a centre pairing as you will see in rugby league.
Redcliffe by 16
Wynnum Manly Seagulls
1. Daniel Ogden 2. Peter Gubb 3. David Mead 4. Mitchell Buckett 5. Jeriah Goodrich 6. William Brimson 7. Travis Burns 8. Aaron Rockley 9. Mitchell Cronin 10. Stedman Lefau 11. Alex Barr 12. Mitchell Frei (c) 13. Brendon Gibb 14. Jayden Berrell 15. Ngarima Pita 16. Max Elliott 17. John Te Reo
Coach: Adam Brideson
1. Jack Ahearn 2. Joshua Beehag 3. Thompson Teteh 19. Moses Pangai 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) 8. Rulon Nutira 10. Nicholas Slyney 14. Hugh Pratt 17. Samson Graham
Coach: Adam Mogg
R3 Wynnum 6 Redcliffe 38
R17 Redcliffe 10 Wynnum 11
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