Redcliffe Dolphins secured second place and a guaranteed second chance in the finals with a 40-16 win over the Northern Pride in Cairns on Saturday night.
It wasn’t all easy going for the Dolphins as the lead see-sawed throughout the first 50 minutes as the Pride took the lead, then the Dolphins replied three times. The Pride actually led at the half time break 16-12.
It was a two try burst in the 54th and 56th minute that saw Redcliffe finally skip away from the Pride to lead 24-16, and they confirmed the win with three quick tries in 5 minutes from the 74th minute. A period that saw Myles Taueli score his second try of the night, and Jonus Pearson score his third on the way to 24 personal points for the match.
Redcliffe finished second, missing out on the minor premiership by one competition point. A disappointing year for the 2014 Premiers is now over, and their 12th place finish is their lowest since their inception into the competition.
REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 40
Tries: Jonus Pearson (22m), Myles Taueli (30m), Jonus Pearson (54m), Matt Lodge (56m), Jonus Pearson (74m), Christian Hazard (77m), Myles Taueli (79m)
Goals: Jonus Pearson 6/7 Conv
NORTHERN PRIDE 16
Tries: Jack Campagnolo (14m), Gideon Gela-Mosby (26m), Marcus Jensen (35m)
Goals: Jordan Biondi-Odo 2/3 Conv
Plenty to play for in Cairns for the Redcliffe Dolphins, as a win will see them finish in the top two and guarantee them two weeks of finals action, a loss could see them drop as low as fourth and into sudden death finals football.
They have hit form at the right time of the season, coming into the game on four wins straight, the only team of all the top 6 sides to be coming into this weekend on such a run. The Dolphins have also named a very strong line up, with a lot of last season’s grand finalists named, plus their excellent 2017 signings of Thompson Teteh and Troy Giess.
The Northern Pride have now officially avoided last, and have won 2 of their last four, the most recent win being last weekend down at Piggabeen where they scored two late tries to overhaul the Tweed Heads Seagulls. They can’t move higher or lower than their current 12th place, so have only pride to play for in front of their fans in Cairns.
Redcliffe should be too strong for the Pride and cement their top two spot alongside the Hunters.
1. Matthew Musumeci 2. Marcus Jensen 3. Gideon Gela-Mosby 4. Bradley Stephen 5. Shawn Bowen 6. Jordan Biondi-Odo 7. Jack Campagnolo 8. Aidan Day 9. Ryan Ghietti 10. Sheldon Powe-Hobbs 19. Colin Wilkie 12. Tom Hancock 13. Graham Clark 14. Connor Jones 15. Troy Kapea 16. Darryn Schonig 17. Brad Lupi 18. Jack Brock
Coach: Ty Williams
1. Zach Strasser 2. Joshua Beehag 3. Thompson Teteh 4. Tom Opacic 5. Curtis Johnston 6. Tyson Gamble 7. Jack Ahearn 10. Matthew Lodge 22. Shane Pumipi 13. Sam Anderson (c) 11. Daniel Bridge 12. Troy Giess 17. Nathan Watts 8. Myles Taueli 15. Tyson Cleal 16. Aaron Whitchurch 9. Christian Hazard
Coach: Adam Mogg
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