Townsville bounced back from their loss to Burleigh last weekend with a victory over a gallant Central Capras. The Blackhawks win essentially sealed the top 6, with an extraordinary set of results required to have them removed from the eight by either Mackay or Ipswich.
The more fancied visitors weren’t first to score as the home side Capras did that in just the fourth minute through Ken Tofilau who appears regularly on the scoring lists for Central. Townsville didn’t take long to reply four minutes later through the competition’s leading point scorer Carlin Anderson. Just before the break Townsville scored two tries in three minutes in reply to another Capras try in the 33rd minute to take a handy 14-8 lead into the break.
Carlin Anderson scored the second of his evening double in the 55th minute, at which stage the Blackhawks had a comfortable 20-8 lead. The Carpas made it interesting with a try five minutes later, and were still in with a chance until Dan Beasley scored in the last minute to seal the game.
Townsville lie sixth, and look likely to stay there for the finals, and at best fifth so will be on the road in the finals. The distance of which is yet to be decided. Northern Pride remain just one above last place.
TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS 26
Tries: Blake Leary (8m), Carlin Anderson (37m), Jordan Drew (39m), Carlin Anderson (55m), Dan Beasley (79m)
Goals: Carlin Anderson 3/5 Conv
CENTRAL CARPAS 14
Tries: Ken Tofilau (4m), Tony Tumusa (33m), Krys Freeman (60m)
Goals: Cody Grills 1/3 Conv
The last time these two teams met in Townsville the Blackhawks were in a bit of a rut, and were fortuitously awarded a last minute try that saw the Capras have to settle for a draw.
Fast forward to Round 22 and the Blackhawks are on a losing run of 2 straight games, and have dropped to sixth as a result and in danger of missing the finals, the Capras meanwhile currently occupy last place.
Although they do have a bye in hand to guarantee two points, they are now in a battle with Tweed Heads and Northern Pride to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon. Townsville need to get back on track this week with a win, or they continue to close the gap to seventh place and could do the unthinkable since their inception in 2915 – miss the finals.
1. Tony Tumusa 2. Ken Tofilau 3. Justin Tavae 4. Samuel Smith 5. Chanel Seigafo 6. Cody Grills 7. Jack Madden 8. Oliver Percy 9. Krys Freeman 10. Gavin Hiscox (c) 11. Liam Pickersgill 12. Luke George 13. Guy Williams (c) 14. Maipele Morseau 15. Junior Kirisome 16. Nathan Young 17. Phill Nati 18. Billy Gilbert 19. Dylan Webber 20. Lance Kuveu 21. Joshua Johnston
Coach: Kim Williams
1. Carlin Anderson 2. Paul Byrnes 3. Jordan Drew 4. Davin Crampton 5. Jonathon Reuben 14. Kierran Moseley 7. Kyle Laybutt 22. Oshae Tuiasau 9. Anthony Mitchell (c) 10. Francis Molo 11. Blake Leary 12. Andrew Niemoeller 17. Daniel Beasley 8. Sam Hoare 15. Jordan Kenworthy 16. Kieran Quabba 19. Sam Foster
Coach: Kristian Woolf
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