The Townsville Blackhawks are back in the winner’s circle after Round 13 of the Intrust Super Cup, as they inflicted a second straight loss for the ex competition leaders Redcliffe Dolphin.
The Dolphins got to the best start to increase the pressure on the Blackhawks by opening the scoring in the 24th minute through Curtis Johnston, but it to be the only time they were in front for the rest of the afternoon because Townsville took over proceedings from there.
Townsville scored three tries in ten minutes either side of the half time break to lead 14-6 and a Redcliffe reply five minutes later was a small bump in their afternoon as they stamped their authority with another two tries in five minutes. With more than 20 minutes to play, Townsville now led by 26-12.
There was another try for the visitors in the 75th minute, but by then it too late and Townsville had got the win to get their season back on track. Redcliffe now are the team in the top 6 in a mini form slump, having lost two in a row after looking ordinary against the last placed Tweed Heads Seagulls last weekend. They won’t want to lose too many more or they may find themselves behind Sunday’s opponent soon enough.
TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS 26
Tries: Carlin Anderson (32m), Jonathon Rueben (35m), Kyle Laybutt (42m), Corey Jensen (52m), Carlin Anderson (57m)
Goals: Carlin Anderson 3/5 Conv
REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 16
Tries: Curtis Johnston (24m), Thompson Teteh (46m), Jonus Pearson (75m)
Goals: Jonus Pearson 2/3 Conv
By Dan White
Townsville were utterly destroyed by the PNG Hunters and the Dolphins were held to the same score but let in a few less tries when they outhustled by Tweed Heads. Wrong time of the season to be losing matches (is there ever a good time for this) and will further losses put some more pressure on Blackhawks Coach Kristian Woolf?
Last time out:
Both sides would be best off ignoring how they were beaten last weekend. But we won’t. The Blackhawks had few highlights or standouts from their loss, positives were few. Handling was not terrible with only 10 handling errors and they only gave up five penalties. But it still led to a low 62% completion rate and the Hunters ran for over 1800 metres in their 7 try romp. Where do you start to restore the team when beaten that comprehensively?
The Dolphins were in their game when you look at the raw numbers. But what is not seen is the defensive hustle that kept them out of scoring range and the same level with the Seagulls attacks. This game may have been more of a worry, if it was not for the emotion which did seem to factor in a huge boost for the Tweed.
Who to look out for:
Moses Pangai returns to Townsville where he played for the last two seasons. A gifted centre, he has been missed and will now be up against his old partner in crime with Samsen O’Neill. It will be interesting to see if his inside knowledge helps the Dolphins, or will the Blackhawks knowledge of his game be his undoing. Either way, his opponent will be looking to score.
How they will win:
This is a tough game to pick a way of winning for the hosts. The Blackhawks are in a quandary at this time. The young club is under real pressure for the first time and how they deal with it, will be interesting. If I was Woolf, I would be telling the team to get out there and start having some fun. They have been a regimented side, Woolf coaches in what could be seen as the Bennett method of having every player accountable for his role. Sound fair, but it does seem to be stifling the natural flair of some very talented players. This would take a loosening of the reins, which I do not see happening as they are at the moment. To win, it would require moments of individual brilliance like from Jono Reuben whose two tries dragged them back to a draw against the Capras.
The Dolphins will be without Marshall again due to a knock over in New Zealand. They should settle in a bit better for the second week with this halves combo and against a demoralised Blackhawks, they should be able to do enough to win. Unless the Blackhawks can turn their season around, Jack Manski Oval will hold no demons for visiting sides this season.
The Dolphins have had one bad game in recent weeks, the Blackhawks have been worse. Hard to see how the Blackhawks can win this game.
Dolphins by 6.
1. Carlin Anderson 2. Samsen O’Neill 3. Temone Power 4. Davin Crampton 5. Jonathon Reuben 6. Kyle Laybutt 7. Michael Parker-Walshe 8. Sam Hoare 9. Anthony Mitchell 10. Corey Jensen 11. Blake Leary 12. Andrew Niemoeller 13. Daniel Beasley 14. Kierran Moseley 15. Jordan Kenworthy 17. Kieran Quabba 22. Oshae Tuiasau 16. Sione Lousi
Coach: Kristian Woolf
1. Zach Strasser 2. Joshua Beehag 19. Moses Pangai 3. Thompson Teteh 5. Curtis Johnston 6. Tyson Gamble 7. Christian Hazard 10. Matthew Lodge 9. Hayden Hansen 8. Nick Slyney 11. Aaron Whitchurch 12. Daniel Bridge 13. Sam Anderson (c) 14. Sheldon Pitama 15. Tyson Cleal 16. Myles Taueli 17. Samson Graham
Coach: Adam Mogg
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