TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS 22
Tries: Ty Carucci (12m), Carlin Anderson (19m), Jonathon Reuben (22m), Jonathon Reuben (45m), Samsen O’Neill (77m)
Goals: Carlin Anderson 1/5 Conv
WYNNUM SEAGULLS 16
Tries: Jack Goodsell (2m), Mitchell Cronin (6m), Mitchell Buckett (52m)
Goals: Matt Seamark 2/3 Conv
By Dan White
Wynnum Manly went down at home to a visiting Capras, and the Blackhawks (finally) returned to their winning ways with a win over the Tweed Heads Seagulls. Can the Blackhawks go back to back over the Seagulls brethren, Saturday evening a BMD Kougari is the location for this crucial clash?
Last Time Out:
Wynnum Manly were probably confident for their chances after a close loss to the resurgent Easts Tigers, but the Capras, in town for the second weekend in a row, started fast and led at half time by 18 – 6. Both teams basically matched try for try in the second half and it was a difference of three tries at the end of the game. Mathew Seamark was in the books for the locals with three from four and a try, but the lack of production from the backline (only one of the four was scored by a back) exposed issues that will need to be addressed.
The Backline was not the issue for the Blackhawks, as they ran in seven of the teams nine tries in a dominant performance with a six try second half that would have made the coach breathe a little bit easier. Carlin Anderson was not too shabby with the boot as he upped his personal contribution to 20 points when combined with his two tries. That effort alone shows why the Cowboys locked him down for two years.
Who to Watch Out For:
The Seagulls backline will be under the pump this week and the locals will be hoping it pays off. The fullback battle will put the struggling Benaiah Bowie up against Carlin Anderson. To stop someone of Anderson’s talent would normally be a challenge, but with the confidence of signing his first decent NRL contract, it will be on Bowie to shut down the ISC points leader. Sometimes life get tougher, without any assistance.
How They Will Win:
Wynnum Manly are two wins but also over 100 points behind the Blackhawks. To win, they will need to stifle a backline that scores from anywhere, whilst keeping in check one of the better packs in the ISC. The losses suffered by the Blackhawks are also of little advantage as the coaching staff made sure they were not going to happen again. Coach Adam Brideson will be drilling in the importance of controlling the ball and also the pace of the game. Each team has a chance to win, but the Seagulls will need more form their backs in the scoring if they are to come up trumps.
The Blackhawks will be hoping that the wheels have all reattached themselves to the wagon after a couple of weird losses. No offense to the Burleigh Bears, but I doubt many of them picked themselves to win in the local tipping comp. With a backline that was finishing off almost every second half raid the Blackhawks will believe that they would have regained some of their mojo. But they will need to continue like this to entertain their post season dreams.
With the Seagulls losing last week at home to the Capras, it is hard to pick them for this clash. Throw in a Blackhawks side with the talent and some confidence, it becomes impossible. Blackhawks by 6+.
Wynnum Manly Seagulls
1. Benaiah Bowie 2. Jeriah Goodrich 3. William Brimson 4. Mitchell Buckett 5. Jack Goodsell 6. Mathew Seamark 7. Travis Burns 8. Aaron Rockley 9. Mitchell Cronin 10. Max Elliott 11. Brendon McBryde 12. Mitchell Frei (c) 13. John Te Reo 14. Jayden Berrell 15. Alex Barr 16. Salesi Funaki 17. Brendon Gibb
Coach: Adam Brideson
1. Carlin Anderson 2. Samsen O’Neill 3. Temone Power 4. Ty Carucci 5. Jonathon Reuben 6. Kyle Laybutt 7. Michael Parker-Walshe 8. Sam Hoare 9. Anthony Mitchell 22. Oshae Tuiasau 11. Jordan Kenworthy 12. Andrew Niemoeller 13. Daniel Beasley (c) 10. Lee Jewitt 14. Kierran Moseley 15. Kieran Quabba 16. Sione Lousi 17. Ross Bella
Coach: Kristian Woolf
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|92 Wondall Rd, Manly West QLD 4179, Australia|