NORTHERN PRIDE 18 def REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 16 (H/T 0-12)
MACKAY CUTTERS 14 def CENTRAL CAPRAS 12 (H/T 0-6)
Just the two games in the Intrust Super Cup on Saturday from the northern and central Queensland hubs of Cairns and Rockhampton.
Both games followed a similar path, the away teams on just the one win for the year led at half time, but weren’t able to hold on for a needed win, going down by two points.
None of the teams in action on Saturday needed a win more the winless Northern Pride and they finally broke through and in dramatic style against the Dolphins in Cairns after coming back from a 16-0 deficit with less than half an hour to play to pip Redcliffe and join them on one win for the season.
The Pride showed that recent good form, if not wins, was not a temporary gain and although it took until the 55th minute to get on the board they were well in the game throughout.
Redcliffe took a 12-0 lead to the break and extended that to 16-0 twelve minutes later to look like a chance of beating a 12 game losing hoodoo against the Cairns based side. But penalties and a run of 5 incomplete sets in a row cost them dearly, and by the time Linc Port had completed a second half hat trick they were down by only 16-14 with less than 10 minutes to go.
With the game in the balance it was the home side who took their chances and crossed with 3 minutes to go to snatch a victory the desperately needed.
The other home side on Saturday, Mackay, are on the best run of form in the Intrust Super Cup as they collected their fifth straight win against the Capras. They also grabbed themselves the temporary lead of the competition in the process, with a win to Townsville and/or Ipswich tomorrow likely to push them down a rung or two.
The Cutters also had to come back from a half time deficit, although it was only 6-0 to the Capras in a low scoring first half. Mackay took control in the second half and got themselves in front 14-6 before a late Central try to make it 14-12 with four minutes to go to make the final portion of the game another nail biter. The Cutters held on and took the win and the competition lead.
For the away teams Central will rue another close loss at home to an In form side, and Redcliffe will be wondering not only about their tally of only one win but the serious looking injury to excitement machine Joe Bond. Redcliffe’s official Facebook site advises that they won’t know the full extent of the injury until they return to Brisbane, but they suspect the news won’t be good. That is a shame for Redcliffe who will need all their firepower if they are to be involved in the serious end of the competition.