Townsville Blackhawks vs Sunshine Coast Falcons
TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS 36
Tries: Carlin Anderson (3m), Ty Carucci (26m), Carlin Anderson (32m), Jonathon Reuben (41m), Temone Power (54m), Samsen O’Neill (63m), Samsen O’Neill (80m)
Goals: Carlin Anderson 4/7 Conv
SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 14
Tries: Jeremy Hawkins (14m), Nat McGavin (50m), Jeremy Hawkins (69m)
Goals: Guy Hamilton 1/3 Conv
By Dan White
Townsville head home with a point and the Falcons fly north after dismissing the Pride with a dominant display. We have sixth hosting second with a desperate Blackhawks needing the win to stay in finals contention.
Last time out
The Blackhawks headed down the road to Mackay and faced a fired up Cutters. An action packed first half saw the team head into the sheds on 18 points each, but it was three converted Blackhawks tries against four tries but only the one conversion for the Cutters that may haunt the boys from Mackay as the game that got away.
The second half consisted of tough plays and chains of errors and after the locals took the lead off a high tackle penalty it was also scoreless until after the hooter. In the 79th minute, a play the ball penalty was awarded to the Blackhawks giving Cowboys signing Carlin Anderson a chance from the sidelines to tie it up. If the Cowboys were looking for a replacement for Thurston when it comes to kicking, then they struck gold as Anderson calmly slotted the kick to have the Blackhawks get a draw and the point.
SC Falcons have been solid all season, and it was not surprising to see them dominate the Pride. They last lost a game in round 8 and they were two converted tries clear of the Pride at half time. Both Guy Hamilton and Justin Olam were to end the game with doubles and they were a class above the Pride.
Their class shone through with the statistics. In a match that they won 37 – 18 you would expect possession to be lopsided. It was not, the Falcons were just more efficient with their use of the ball. With two more runs in the game they were 300 metres to the better and the rolling of the offense was key to their effective use of the ball in attack.
Who to look out for:
In this game, impacted by the Origin promotions including Centre Javid Bowen for the Blackhawks, it will be the man he would have faced up against who the Blackhawks will need to worry about. Justin Olam ran for 242 metres off 15 runs. He scored two tries and was happy to exploit space from dummy half when he injected himself into the action. If he can clean up his errors, he will be a difference maker in this contest.
For the Blackhawks, it is hard to go past Carlin Anderson. The fullback has kept the Blackhawks season alive twice now with sideline conversions to extract a draw on a match that his kicking was a major reason to keeping the result close in the first place. Like Olam, he is happy to go into dummy half when called on and he was very effective from this, averaging 13 metres when scooting out. He will need to lift his game against the Falcons and he is more than capable of achieving this.
How they will win:
The Falcons have not listed power forward Tui Kamikamica, who is probably still tired after running for a mind-blowing 288 metres in their win. He will be missed, his replacement Lachlan Timm is a solid defender but less known for his attacking flair. For the Falcons to win, they will need to continue with their current game plan that does seem to be very effective. It has been several weeks since their last loss, and most wins have come from the perfect solution of attacking well and defending even better.
The Blackhawks will be underdogs at home. Their first half against the Cutters showed exactly why they are currently struggling. Moments of brilliance let down by discipline and missed assignments. To get the points this weekend will require a major improvement in defence. The attack they possess is enough to challenge any team but they will need to contain the Falcons high powered attack to have a chance.
The SC Falcons are on a six game winning streak and most have been convincing wins. The Blackhawks have been less impressive and definitely falling short of the expectations of the club. Can they make a stand and take down a top team. Not this week.
Falcons by 12.
1. Carlin Anderson 2. Ty Carucci 3. Temone Power 4. Davin Crampton 5. Jonathon Reuben 14. Kierran Moseley 7. Michael Parker-Walshe 8. Sione Lousi 9. Anthony Mitchell (c) 22. Oshae Tuiasau 11. Blake Leary 12. Andrew Niemoeller 13. Jordan Kenworthy 15. Kieran Quabba 16. Ross Bella 17. Halvor Harris 19. Tremayne Bowie
Coach: Kristian Woolf
Sunshine Coast Falcons
1. Matthew Soper-Lawler 2. Samuel Wright 3. Jeremy Hawkins 4. Justin Olam 5. Alexander Copelin 6. Jahrome Hughes 7. Guy Hamilton 18. Lachlan Timm 9. Alex Bishop 10. Jye Ballinger 11. Dane Hogan (c) 12. Christopher Lewis 13. Jon Grieve 14. Sam Burns 19. Liam McDonald 21. Christian Morris 22. Harrison Muller
Coach: Craig Ingebrigtsen
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