REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 22
Tries: Tyson Gamble (3m), Tyson Gamble (54m), Benji Marshall (59m), Tyson Gamble (79m)
Goals: Tyson Gamble 3/4 Conv
NORTHS DEVILS 12
Tries: Delouise Hoeter (27m), Delouise Hoeter (76m)
Goals: Jack Miers 2/2 Conv
A tasty north side derby awaits at Dolphin Oval on Sunday after as the competition leaders welcome the 5th placed Norths Devils.
Redcliffe have been front runners for most of the 2017 season, and the Devils had also momentarily held the lead of the competition also, before a few quick losses dropped them out of the Top 6. But with Norths back in form after two impressive wins, the scene is set for a great battle, for two teams whose fixtures usually offer plenty anyway.
LAST TIME OUT
The Dolphins were at home last Saturday night, and toughed it out against the Mackay Cutters with a 14-6 win. It was only 2-2 at half time, but as Redcliffe seem to be doing lately, they can put together a run of tries in quick time to snatch the momentum that a late Mackay try couldn’t stop.
Norths are on a run of two impressive results. They defeated the high flying Easts Tigers at home 36-32 after a big win in Mackay the previous round. The Easts game was six tries a piece, with goal kicking proving the difference at Suzuki Stadium.
Will the Norths backline have enough firepower to get through the competition’s meanest defence. Redcliffe’s backline has quality and big names like Benji Marshall, Broncos fringe players on either wing and PNG International Thompson Teteh. But Norths’ backs are not without quality even if they are the lesser known quantity. Javarn White is an experienced campaigner in the Intrust Super Cup, and Delouise Hoeter showed his skills in the recent Residents game.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
A pair of number 12’s at different ends of their careers. Redcliffe’s Troy Giess was a big part of the Sunshine Coast’s finals push in 2016, but they couldn’t agree terms for 2017. Their loss is the Dolphins gain and is proving just as handy for Redcliffe so far this year. Has scored three tries in his last two games.
Norths’ number 12 is the highly rate Matiu Love-Henry who has a few eyes on him for potential NRL in the coming years. He has been one of Norths’ best so far in 2017.
Going through the sides on paper, you would be mad to tip against Redcliffe with their quality line up and are in form atop of the Intrust Super Cup ladder. But Norths have found recent form too and there shouldn’t be too much in it. If he plays, Benji Marshall might just be the difference.
Redcliffe by 6.
1. Benji Marshall 2. Tom Opacic 19. Moses Pangai 4. Thompson Teteh 5. Jonus Pearson 6. Tyson Gamble 7. Christian Hazard 10. Matthew Lodge 9. Hayden Hansen 8. Nicholas Slyney 11. Aaron Whitchurch 12. Troy Giess 13. Sam Anderson (c) 14. Sheldon Pitama 15. Tyson Cleal 16. Myles Taueli 17. Taylor Brown
Coach: Adam Mogg
1. Javarn White 2. Michael Lucas 3. Delouise Hoeter 4. Luke Pollock 5. Dane Chang 6. Danny Kerr 7. Jack Miers 8. Francis Molo 9. Billy Brittain (c) 10. James Taylor 16. David Faamita 12. Matiu Love-Henry 13. Dalton Phillips 11. Troyden Watene 14. Jarryd Dodd 15. Stephen Coombe 17. Tama Koopu
Coach: Mark Gliddon
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