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Intrust Super Cup Round 4 review

Another round of the Queensland Cup wraps up, and table remains as close as ever with 11 of the 14 teams within a win of each other. Given the tightness of the competition this early in the year, For and Against may end up being important this season as well as wins.

Both of these appear to be no trouble to the newcomers Townsville who sit atop of the ladder after two consecutive big wins. Usual suspects Wynnum and Ipswich are two more sides on 3 wins from 4, as well as the northern excitement machine of the PNG Hunters and Mackay.

The two sides who bookended last year’s competition remain the only sides without a win, last year’s premiers Northern Pride are the biggest surprise.

Below is our brief catch ups of the games, a brief video review of each game is usually available on the QRL website.

[table]Pos.,Team,P,W,L,B,PD,Pts
1,Townsville Blackhawks,4,3,1,0,82,6
2,PNG Hunters,4,3,1,0,48,6
3,Mackay Cutters,4,3,1,0,42,6
4,Ipswich Jets,4,3,1,0,38,6
5,Wynnum Manly Seagulls,4,3,1,0,6,6
6,Burleigh Bears,4,2,2,0,8,4
7,Redcliffe Dolphins,4,1,2,1,6,4
8,Souths Logan Magpies,4,1,2,1,-4,4
9,Tweed Heads Seagulls,4,2,2,0,-6,4
10,Easts Tigers,4,2,2,0,-12,4
11,Norths Devils,4,2,2,0,-34,4
12,CQ Capras,4,1,3,0,-68,2
13,Sunshine Coast Falcons,3,0,3,0,-48,0
14,Northern Pride,3,0,3,0,-58,0[/table]

BURLEIGH 18 def PRIDE 10 @ Pizzey Park (H/T 12-6)

BURLEIGH BEARS 18 (Tyler Chadburn, Ryley Jacks, Mitch Sharp tries; Tyler Chadburn 3 goals) def NORTHERN PRIDE 10 (Luke George, Semi Tadulala tries; Cameron King goal)

The Burleigh Bears made it two wins from two at home in 2015 at the same time stretching the Northern Pride’s winless streak to 3 games, and leaving them in the opposite position to last year’s Cup at the foot of the ladder after 4 rounds.

A tight first half could have gone either way, and it took until the 22nd minute for the away side to open the scoring with Luke George, and give themselves a 6-0 lead. Good things came in 6’s for the Bears as they scored their first try 6 minutes later to make the score 6 – 6 with still plenty of time left in the first half.

There was to be only one more try in the first half, and it went the way of the home side with two minutes before the break and they took a 12-6 half time lead to the sheds.

The Pride really needed to score first in the second half to attempt to break their winless streak, but it wasn’t to be though, as the Bears were the first to score 12 minutes after the break and extended their lead to 18-6. Given the few opportunities on offer, it looked a lead Burleigh weren’t going to lose, and this was the case as a late consolation try to the Pride wasn’t enough to stop the Bears getting their second win of the year.

Both teams hit the road this week, Burleigh probably fancying their chances against Redcliffe, whilst the Northern Pride’s search for a win doesn’t get any easier with a trip to Ipswich.

MACKAY 30 def EASTS 8 @ Stadium Mackay (H/T 16-0)

MACKAY CUTTERS 30 (Cameron Cullen 3, Michael Sio 2 tries; Rex Johnson 5 goals) def EASTS TIGERS 8 (Cameron Munster, Liam Tyson tries)

Mackay scored their third consecutive win at home on Saturday night against a Tigers side who were coming off a good win against the Hunters the previous round. Easts never really got a look in with Mackay scoring three first half tries to lead 16-0  at the half time break.

Any chance of a second half comeback were put to bed not long after the break with new recruit Cameron Cullen scoring his third try of the day, and a double for Michael Sio 10 minutes later had the Cutters 30 – 0 in front, and in a game winning position.

Easts continued to battle away in the second half, and were rewarded with two consolation tries to give respectability to the score line, and a reduction of For and Against loss, as it may be an important measure come end of the season.

Both teams get a home game this weekend, Mackay face the Norths Devils, and Easts have the TV game at home to the Souths Logan Magpies. An interesting statistic is that Mackay have now beaten 3 of the top 5 from last season, a good sign for a successful year.

TOWNSVILLE 50 def CENTRAL 12 @ Jack Manski Oval (H/T 28-0)

TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS 50 (Rhyse Martin 4, Jahrome Hughes, Zac Santo, Tom Humble, Mosese Pangai, Neville Costigan tries; Robert Lui 6, Kyle Feldt goals) def CQ CAPRAS 12 (Javarn White, Jonas Pearson tries; Matt Minto 2 goals)

The newcomers Townsville Blackhawks keep soaring in their first Queensland Cup season with another huge win against a northern Queensland rivals, chalking up another 50 points against the Central Capras on Saturday evening in Townsville.

On the back of a huge 52-10 win against reigning premiers Northern Pride, Townsville never let up scoring nine tries to two against a Central side who suffered a second big away loss from two this season.

They opened up the scoring with two tries in the first 10 minutes jumping out to a 12-0 lead, and with most of the ball and suffocating defence, more tries were inevitable and by the 25th minute another two had been scored and the Blackhawks were 24-0 in front and on their way to a third victory from four matches. They had time for one more try before half time, and by that time were 28-0 to the good and had an NRL roster of try scorers and Rhyse Martin with the first of four tries for the day.

If the Capras though they were in for a better time in the second half they should have known better from last week as Townsville put on the next two tries, both to Rhyse Martin who completed his hattrick with still 28 minutes to go in the second half.

Central’s afternoon got a little better with the next two tries going to the Capras and at 40-12 looked to be claiming some scoreboard respectability back. It was short lived though, as Townsville scored two more tries in the last four minutes to hit the half century mark for the second consecutive week, including a fourth to Rhyse Martin who is now the competition’s leading try scorer.

Townsville will welcome their first Brisbane opponent of the year in the Wynnum Seagulls next weekend, whilst Central get the weekend off to lick their wounds and work on how to fix their away form with losses of 48-12 and 50-12 so far this season.

REDCLIFFE 44 def NORTHS 20 @ Bishop Park (H/T 22-6)

REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 44 (Harley Aiono 2, Joe Bond, Oliver Regan, Aaron Whitchurch, Charlie Faingaa, Shane Pumipi, Josh Benjamin tries; Luke Capewell 6 goals) def NORTHS DEVILS 20 (Rhett Webster 2, Dale Copley, Rogan Dean tries; Darren Nicholls 2 goals)

Redcliffe claimed their first win in the best possible style on Sunday afternoon – at their rivals ground and live on TV for all to see. Although, with the Cricket World Cup Final relegating the rugby league to GEM, there were probably as many viewers as spectators at Bishop Park. Both fans at the ground and TV viewers were treated to some good attacking football, and yet another demonstration of the quality of the Queensland Cup.

Man of the Match Evander Cummins was involved in a fair chunk of the attack, and the Dolphins had three early tries on the board one of which was scored by the returning excitement machine Joe Bond to jump out to a 16-0 lead. Norths halted the Redcliffe momentum with the next try to reduce the score to 16-4 and the 12 point deficit looked manageable. Another Redcliffe try extended the half time lead to 22-4.

Norths took the momentum of nearly scoring a length of the field try just before half time to put two more tries on the board, and shave the Dolphins’ margin to just 6 points at 22-16. One of those two tries was to the returning Broncos centre Dale Copley, whose return is timely for the NRL side given the injury to Justin Hodges. With the game in the balance, Dale Copley turned provider for Redcliffe as he wasn’t able to clean up a kick in the in goal area and they pounced to extend their lead followed soon by another try to make the score 34-16.

Tries to either side in the remaining minutes ballooned the score out to 44-20 by full time, by which time Redcliffe were celebrating their first win of the year, and dispelling any myth about playing the week after a bye. Norths, meanwhile will wondering about a TV Game hoodoo as they suffered a second consecutive TV game loss.

PNG HUNTERS 38 def TWEED HEADS 10 at Kalabond Oval PNG (H/T 34-0)

PNG HUNTERS 38 (Ase Boas 3, Stargroth Amean, Oti Bland Tony, Kato Ottio, Wartovo Puara tries; Roger Laka 5 goals) def TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 10 (Kalifa Faifai Loa, Oliver Percy tries; Jamal Fogarty goal

The PNG Hunters put their disappointment from last weekend’s loss to the Tigers with a resounding win against the Tweed heads Seagulls with a performance featuring their usual attacking style in front of their rugby league mad fans.

Three tries to none in the first 20 minutes gave the Hunters a 16-0, and left the Seagulls to ponder how much more was to come with the Hunters on a good day. The answer was plenty more to come, at least in the first half as PNG scored twice more to be 28-0 in front after 36 minutes, and even had time for one more first half try before taking a 34-0 half time lead.

The home crowd would have hoping for another 34 points in the second half but it wasn’t to be as the Seagulls made it a much tighter affair by outscoring the Hunters 10-6 in the second 40 minutes. The  Hunters second half try was scored by Ase Boas who notched up a hat trick with 10 minutes to go.

PNG will be happy to return to their free scoring ways and with their third win from four move up to second in the ladder behind Townsville, and will hope to keep that momentum up when they head down to the Sunshine Coast this weekend. With talk of last year’s leading try scorer Garry Lo returning, it could be good days ahead for the Hunters. Tweed Heads get the luxury of a week off to regroup.

IPSWICH 36 def SUNSHINE COAST 10 @ Sunshine Coast Stadium (H/T 12-4)

IPSWICH JETS 36 (Marmin Barba 3, Carlin Anderson, Josh Cleeland, Sam Martin tries; Marmin Barba 6 goals) def SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 10 (Rueben Baillie, Kem Seru tries; Corey McGrady goal)

Ipswich continue their good run in this year’s Queensland Cup with a third win from four against the ever improving Sunshine Coast, who would have been quite happy to push the Jets as close as they did at time.

Whilst the eventual 36 – 10 score line looks like Ipswich had an easy day out, the Falcons were within 6 points at 10-4 down with 7 minutes to go in the first half, and given the Falcons storming finish against Norths in Round One, and Ipswich’s second half relaxation in their games this season an upset could have been possible. Even at 12-4 at half time Sunshine Coast would have talked themselves into a big shift and a potential early season win.

Unfortunately for the Sunshine Coast they remain winless as Ipswich took control of the second half, with the highlight being Marmin Barba’s second half hat trick amongst the tries that sealed the Jets win. Sunshine Coast did hit back with a try of their own, and with 18 minutes to go were still only 18-10 down, and with enough in the tank to complete the comeback. It wasn’t to be as the Jets scored at regular intervals to put the gamer out of reach, and leaving the Sunshine Coast to wait another week for their first win.

Their chances of that first win don’t get much easier next as the Hunters fly down to visit, a game last year that they only lost by 12. Ipswich will face off with the out of sorts Northern Pride in Ipswich.

WYNNUM 38 def SOUTHS LOGAN 20 @ Kougari Oval (H/T 16-10)

WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS 38 (Mitchell Frei 2, Daniel Ogden, Matthew Grieve, Greg Eden, Ben Shea, Brendan McKinnon tries; Matthew Seamark 5 goals) def SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 20 (Josh Damen, Samisoni Vaioleti, Travis Waddell, Herschel Gideon tries; Scott Doyle 2 goals)

Wynnum bounced back from their shock capitulation against Mackay in Round 3 with a comprehensive 38-20 win against the Souths Logan Magpies.

The early stages were shared amongst the two sides as they traded tries to make it 4-4 and then 10-10. Just before half time the Seagulls scored a try which gave them the momentum and a 16-10 lead.

The game was put further into the home side’s advantage 5 minutes after the break when Mitchell Frei scored his second to extend the lead to 22-10. Wynnum and Souths Logan traded tries again after that with two apiece and the final score of 38-20.

For Wynnum an away game this week up in Townsville will test both sides’s genuine premiership aspirations for the year, whilst Souths Logan’s job doesn’t get any easier with a trip just down the road to the Easts Tigers.

 

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