Redcliffe Dolphins snapped a two game losing streak which previously saw them drop from first to third with a solid win over fellow Top 6 combatant Easts Tigers on Sunday afternoon at Dolphin Oval.
A loss for the Dolphins would have seen them fall behind the Tigers on the ladder, and the home side went behind first when the Tigers’ Mark Nicholls scored in the 7th minute. But the Redcliffe Dolphins responded the way they have so many times in 2017 with a quick burst of unanswered tries, this time it was 3 tries in 11 minutes from the 25th minute to give the Dolphins a 16-6 halftime lead.
The home side scored first too after the break, giving them a handy 16 point lead, and the best defensive team in the competition are unlikely to let go of a lead like that. They didn’t, and a late Tigers try was not enough to extend the Dolphins losing streak past two. Easts remain in the top 6, but there is now a three point gap between them and the top 3. Redcliffe stay in the hunt for the minor premiership behind Sunshine Coast and PNG Hunters.
REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 22
Tries: Myles Taueli (25m), Christian Hazard (28m), Zach Strasser (36m), Daniel Bridge (47m)
Goals: Tyson gamble 3/4 Conv
EASTS TIGERS 12
Tries: Mark Nicholls (7m), Mat Pitman (72m)
Goals: Brandon Downey 2/2 Conv
Traditional timeslot, traditional Brisbane teams, and a match that is of growing importance to the Dolphins.
Prior to Round 12, the Dolphins season was going swimmingly (pardon the pun), but a shock loss to last placed Tweed Heads where they were ordinary and followed that up with a loss in Townsville last weekend has seen them drop from first to third. A loss to the Tigers will see them slip behind their opponents. Some may point to the missing Benji Marshall, but Redcliffe seemed to do OK without him after an injury saw the NRL Star sit out some time.
Easts Tigers had a good win in Cairns last weekend, and whilst they are not flying quite as high as their Melbourne Storm feeder counterparts they are well entrenched in the Top 6, and a win this weekend will see them leap frog this weekend’s opponents. A great match up awaits.
1. Zach Strasser 2. Jonus Pearson 4. Aaron Whitchurch 3. Thompson Teteh 5. Curtis Johnston 6. Tyson Gamble 7. Christian Hazard 10. Matthew Lodge 9. Hayden Hansen 8. Nick Slyney 11. Brandon Lee 12. Daniel Bridge 13. Sam Anderson (c) 14. Sheldon Pitama 15. Tyson Cleal 16. Myles Taueli 17. Samson Graham 18. Taylor Brown
Coach: Adam Mogg
1. Gerard McCallum 2. Linc Port 3. Shane Neumann 4. Conor Carey 5. Jarrod McInally 6. Billy Walters 7. James Salter 8. Mark Nicholls 9. Tommy Butterfield 10. Matt Zgrajewski 11. Jake Foster (c) 12. Dean Britt 13. Jack Svendsen 14. David Murphy 15. Liufau Hala 16. Brandon George 17. Chris Ostwald 18. Mat Pitman
Coach: Scott Sipple
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