The weekend’s big clash of the weekend between the 2nd placed Redcliffe Dolphins and 3rd placed Sunshine Coast went the way of the Falcons as they retook second position after a 28-24 win.
Conversions and an extra penalty goal made the difference as both sides ended the game with four tries, but it was the 3-2 count on both penalty goals and conversions that made the difference for the Falcons.
The home side took a while to get to the front, after an early Dolphins try and a couple of penalty goals, but two tries saw them sneak in front by the 22 minute mark. Redcliffe responded with a try ten minutes later to retake the lead, but then the half time score was deadlocked when the Falcons got a late first half penalty goal.
After the break it was all Falcons as they score 14 unanswered points by the 60 minute mark to lead 28-14, thanks to two tries and two penalty goals. Redcliffe made it interesting with a try in the 62nd and 75th minute, but it wasn’t enough to overhaul the Falcons, or hold onto second place either.
The Sunshine Coast now move back to second, but losses to both sides over the last two rounds have allowed the PNG Hunters to skip ahead in the race for the minor premiership.
SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 28
Tries: Alex Bishop (15m), Christopher Lewis (21m), Justin Olam (42m), Jye Ballinger (58m)
Goals: Guy Hamilton 3/4 Conv, 3 Pens
REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 24
Tries: Tyson Gamble (4m), Sam Adnerson (32m), Josh Beehag (62m), Nick Slyney (75m)
Goals: Tyson Gamble 2/4 Conv, 2 Pens
Arguably the match of the round on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday as the second placed Redcliffe Dolphins make the trip up the Bruce Highway to take on the third placed Falcons.
The Dolphins appear to have got their season back on track with three consecutive wins, the last of which last weekend was a hard fought win over the Magpies. They overtook the Falcons last weekend after the Falcons suffered a second straight defeat.
Those two defeats for the Falcons have come at the hands of Townsville and Easts Tigers no less, and the loss to the Tigers was down to a last minute field goal.
The Sunshine Coast will be depleted this weekend thanks to the NRL’s awful four game round minus Origin stars, but it does give some Intrust Super Cup players their big chance to impress. Jahrome Hughes and Ryley Jacks are the big names to be joining the Storm for this weekend. Redcliffe have no such concern as the Broncos have a bye this weekend.
Previous 2017 Result – Redcliffe 46 Sunshine Coast 28
Sunshine Coast Falcons
1. Eddie Tautali 2. Samuel Wright 3. Jeremy Hawkins 4. Justin Olam 5. Alexander Copelin 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Guy Hamilton 18. Tui Kamikamica 17. Sam Burns 10. Liam McDonald (c) 11. Harrison Muller 12. Jye Ballinger 13. Christian Morris 9. Alex Bishop 14. Thomas Geraghty 15. Khan Ahwang 22. Martin Cordwell
Coach: Craig Ingebrigtsen
1. Zach Strasser 2. Tom Opacic 4. Moses Pangai 3. Thompson Teteh 5. Curtis Johnston 6. Tyson Gamble 7. Jack Ahearn 10. Matthew Lodge 9. Hugh Pratt 8. Nick Slyney 17. Troy Giess 12. Daniel Bridge 13. Sam Anderson (c) 11. Aaron Whitchurch 15. Tyson Cleal 16. Nathan Watts 20. Shane Pumipi
Coach: Adam Mogg
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