A wet and wild weekend in South East Queensland didn’t dampen another great week in the Intrust Super Cup. In the drier northern parts of the state Central almost upset the high flying Jets and although Cairns were spared most of the force of the recent cyclone, they were not spared a storm of a different kind. 9 of the 14 teams are on 4 points after three rounds showing how competitive the Queensland Cup is this year, with last year’s premiers win-less. Only Redcliffe and Souths Logan who were given the week off missed out on the fun this week.
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EASTS TIGERS 14 PNG HUNTERS 8 @ TAPOUT ENERGY STADIUM (H/T 4-4)
EASTS TIGERS 14 (Richie Kennar, Mahe Fonua tries; Shaun Nona 3 goals) def PNG HUNTERS 8 (Thompson Teteh 2 tries)
A downpour before kick off had a few looking for a vessel to carry two of every animal in on Saturday afternoon in Brisbane’s eastern suburbs, and it that vein, the game ended with both teams scoring two tries each.
Better goal kicking by the Tigers gave them the win but the scoreline 14-8 flattered the Hunters who were outplayed and out muscled by the Tigers for large portions of the game. Whilst wet weather may have seen fewer errors and more tries, it was a good tough game of Queensland rugby league, and a good reward for the brave who turned out for the game.
Details match report is courtesy of Matt Crowhurst – click here.
BURLEIGH BEARS 28 SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 12 @ PIZZEY PARK (H/T 10-6)
BURLEIGH BEARS 28 (Tyler Chadburn, Connor Broadhurst, Christian Hazard, Mark Ioane, Josh Ailaomai tries; Zac Mackay 4 goals) def SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 12 (Callum Klein, Jake Samoa tries; Cory McGrady 2 goals).
Both teams entered round three looking for their first win and it was the Bears who got the better of the Sunshine Coast this time around.
The Sunshine Coast missed out on playing up in Cairns last weekend due to weather losing some of the momentum of their excellent late rally in round one. Their lack of ball last weekend was matched by the start of this game where the Bears had the first four sets of the game. Whilst they hung on after that early onslaught, the Falcons succumbed to the home side not long after in the seventh minute to go down 6-0 early in the match.
The Falcons were the next to score seven minutes later, and the continuing 6-6 arm wrestle was broken just before half time by a second try to the Bears who went to the break 10-6 ahead..
The majority of the second half belonged to the Bears who seized the upper hand with two second half tries by the 60th minutes giving a 22-6 score line that was going to be hard to run down. Sunshine Coast were next to score and there were hopes for the Falcons to stage a comeback similar to the one that almost took them to victory against Norths in Round 2, but the lead was always going to be hard to chase down and even more so when Burleigh scored their last try with 10 minutes to go, sealing the Falcons fate.
Burleigh grabbed their first win if the year, whilst Sunshine Coast can take solace that the end score line was better than last year’s 60-6 flogging at the same ground.
MACKAY CUTTERS 28 WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS 10 @ BMD Kougari Oval (H/T 6-10)
MACKAY CUTTERS 28 (Josh Chudleigh 2, Justin Tavae, Cameron Cullen, Aleki Falepaini tries; Rex Johnson 4 goals) def WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS 10 (Daniel Ogden, Mitchell Buckett tries; Matthew Seamark goal).
The Cutters of Mackay made it two consecutive wins against sides named after Seagulls on Saturday afternoon, and given their record against Seagull themed sides this year, probably wouldn’t mind if the entire competition were names after the bird.
Wynnum, who were undefeated and equal top of the ladder after two rounds, fell as far back as 9th as is the competitiveness of the Cutters and the competition in general. This has been on display at Wynnum’s games with last minute tries leading to late victories against a quality Easts side.
Not that Wynnum started badly, they scored the first two tries and looked likely to continue, and close out the game to continue their merry undefeated way with some of their efforts being described as their better football of the year.
Mackay though had something different in mind with 28 unanswered points to wrap up a slightly surprising 28-10 win over a Wynnum side who weren’t close enough to snatch a game with a last minute try to win this week. They will attempt to get back on track against Souths Logan at the same ground next Saturday. 1000 kilometers or so away Central has the opportunity to continue the form against the Tigers.
IPSWICH JETS 28 CENTRAL CAPRAS 26 @ BROWNE PARK (H/T 18-20)
IPSWICH JETS 28 (Chris Walker, Nemani Valekapa, Carlin Anderson, Dane Phillips, Matt Parcell tries; Marmin Barba 3, Wes Conlon goals) def CQ CAPRAS 26 (Jonas Pearson 2, Russell Webber, Fabian Soutar, Garrett Field tries; Matt Minto 2, Ian Webster goals
The Jets got away with a win against the Capras on Saturday night that they probably expected before the game, but were pressed hard by the Central side which look like a tough prospect to beat this season in Rockhampton.
The game started off with another Chris Walker try just like the previous week, and just like the previous week, the wave of Chris Walker to the NRL stories began again. The next wave came courtesy of the Capras who went on the attack, and scored 4 unanswered tries on the back of some great play by new recruit Matt Minto. A 20-6 to Central after 31 minutes looked a handy lead to defend until half time.
But Ipswich’s reputation as one of the competition’s great attacking teams was enhanced with two tries in five minutes before half time, including a length of the field special. The Capras led at the half time break by a mere two points and momentum shifted back to Ipswich.
The two late first half tries were matched by Ipswich in the second half as they scored the next two of the game to take the lead for the second time in the match, a lead they extended not long before full time to make it 28-20. Central weren’t done though and had time for one more try before full time, and given Ipswich’s last minute loss in the first round it would have been very nervous for the Jets, but exciting for the local fans.
Ipswich join 8 other teams on two wins from 3 whilst Central still have only the one win for the year, but more are surely coming after pushing a side like Ipswich as far as they did.
TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 34 NORTHS DEVILS 10 @ PIGGABEEN (H/T 12-6)
TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 34 (Davin Crampton 3, Kane Elgey 2, Mark Offerdahl tries; Kane Elgey 5 goals) def NORTHS DEVILS 10 (Kainga Turner, Darren Nicholls tries; Darren Nicholls goal)
The hastily rearranged TV game at Piggabeen due to the cyclone in the north was a masterstroke, as TV viewers got a glimpse into why Queensland Cup is so good to watch, and why it provides a great nursery to the NRL.
Norths opened the scoring after five minutes, but Tweed Heads scored the next two with conditions in the first half a little damp, but a lot drier than the playing conditions they were about to play in. A half time lead of 12-6 was going to prove even more valuable.
Torrential rain greeted the players in the second half, and despite a playing surface that could normally hold a decent rain shower, the ground took on so much water that it started to look like what a ground used to Rugby League when it rained before the super stadiums of the NRL became standard issue.
The rain didn’t seem to bother the Seagulls as they turned on some fantastic football which would have been welcomed in any conditions and any level, led by man of the match halfback Kane Elgey and dynamic centre David Crampton. Everything that seemed to go well, came through these two, and the second half lead increase 16-6 was another fine example.
Norths did get one try back with the good old tactics of blasting a grubber into the in goal full of water and hoping it will slow enough for your team to score, which is exactly how it happened. But once Tweed got the ball back it was only a matter of time before more points were scored, and score they certainly did on their way to 34-10 with the tries or assists seemingly the exclusive territory of ELgey and Crampton.
With all the talk of Chris Walker to the NRL, the Titans could do much worse than giving these two a go if the their season continues to disappoint.
TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS 52 NORTHERN PRIDE 10 @ BARLOW PARK (H/T 30-4)
TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS 52 (Zac Santo 2, Jonathan Reuben 2, Jahrome Hughes, Tom Humble, Mosese Pangai, Glenn Hall, Ray Thompson, Chris McLean tries; Robert Lui 5, Tom Humble goals) def NORTHERN PRIDE 10 (Linc Port, Luke George tries; Javid Bowen goal)
The first of the FNQ derby fixtures which will hopefully remain a fixture was played on Sunday, the TV crews missed on a great performance after Channel 9 moved the TV game due to potential weather issues.
The Cairns based Northern Pride and previous darlings of the Cowboys feeder system may have preferred the entire game not to go ahead as they were destroyed by the new boys from Townsville.
Giving Townsville a silver lining after the Cowboys poor NRL form is that of Robert Lui who was able to wave his magic wand for the Blackhawks, but he wasn’t the only ex NRL playing with plenty of up and comers and previous stars in both sides.
A try in the second minute was an entrée for the feast of possession that Townsville would have for the first 12 minutes of the game in which the Northern Pride were reduced to tackling machines. By the time they got the ball in the 13th minute they were 18-0 down and had plenty to do to prevent the new step brother from embarrassing them.
After finally getting some football, the Pride eventually scored to make it 18-4, but that manageable lead was blown away with 12 more points to the Townsville before half time as they continued to attack the right hand defense of the Northern Pride side in front of what looked to be just one person on that side of the ground.
With the score 30-4 and Northern Pride looking well beaten, Townsville were generous to the one person in the stand on that side of the ground to run most of their attacks down the Pride’s left hand side, as they pile don more tries and points to lead 52 – 6 and really enjoy their day at Barlow Park.
The Pride did manage the most consolation of tries late in the game to at least ensure they got to double points and slow the damage to the For and Against which has proven with our ladder above that it might be a more vital stats towards the end of the year.
Townsville meanwhile have thrown some kind of marker down early on in their Queensland Cup career, beating stablemate, premiers, and one time betting favourites for 2015 Northern Pride no less.