It was points a plenty on the Anzac Day Weekend of Round 8 in the Intrust Super Cup. With a total of 378 points scored across 6 games at an average of 63 a game, the Queensland Cup outscored the NRL with 2 less games.
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PNG HUNTERS 38 def BURLEIGH BEARS 32 (H/T Burleigh 24-10)
TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS 40 def EASTS TIGERS 12 (H/T 22-6)
IPSWICH JETS 42 def REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 28 (H/T 24-12)
NORTHERN PRIDE 36 def SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 18 (H/T 16-6)
WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS 66 def NORTHS DEVILS 4 (H/T 40-0)
TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 32 def CENTRAL CAPRAS 28 (H/T Central 18-16)
Wynnum Manly Seagulls,8,6,0,2,0,225,138,87,12
Tweed Heads Seagulls,8,4,0,3,1,184,162,22,10
Sunshine Coast Falcons,7,2,0,4,1,114,145,-31,6
Souths Logan Magpies,8,1,0,6,1,124,248,-124,4
The weekend’s started off on an exciting note with the Bears and PNG Hunters game going right down to the wire with the Hunters scoring an overdue away win with a try in the last minute of the game to wrap up the two points.
A Hunters win looked unlikely as Burleigh skipped away to a 24-10 half time lead after a see-sawing first part of the half left each side with two tries. It looked even more unlikely as Burleigh continued on their way after the break to go 30-10 in front.
But the PNG Hunters, who have been below their best away from home after their first round win, turned the game on its head with three quick tries to some of our favourite Hunters in Thompson Teteh and Big Willie Minoga to close to 30-28 with 15 minutes left to go.
An unconverted try to PNG and a penalty goal to Burleigh left the game in a deadlock 32-32 with just minutes to play. Much to the disappointment of the home side the PNG Hunters scored in the last minute to record arguably their best win of the year against an in form side.
Talking of form sides, two of them met in Townsville in a top of the table clash between Townsville Blackhawks and Easts Tigers. With Townsville on a run of five straight wins and Easts scoring at will in their 3 undefeated games, the stage was set for a classic encounter and a run of wins set to end.
It was the competition leaders who increased their unbeaten run to 6 games as they powered past the Tigers 40-12 on Anzac Day, a significant day to Townsville given their military heritage.
The arm wrestle began from the kick off, and the Tigers who were the best defensive team of the competition held off the competition’s best scorers for the opening exchanges. However it wasn’t long before the home side put points on the board, and when they came it started the trickle of points, and before they knew it Easts were down 18-0. The Tigers got on the board before half time, but so did Townsville again who took a 22-6 lead into the sheds.
Townsville were first to score in the second half and at 28-6, it was going to be hard for the visitors to come back from. Easts did post the next points to reduce the gap to 16 points with 25 minutes to go, but the Blackhawks who were averaging close to 40 points for a game proved why they are the competition front runners with two tries to finish the game 40-12 and put the rest of the competition on notice with their sixth win a row and against the second placed side.
Whilst the Townsville unbeaten streak continues, an unwanted streak of another kind continues at Redcliffe as the home side slipped to an eighth consecutive home defeat, this time at the hands of the Ipswich Jets.
The Jets turned around their upset loss to Burleigh at home the previous weekend to pile more misery on the Dolphins, and the home side will be wondering if they will ever win at home in 2015. They got close to the Jets with 15 minutes in the second half at 30-28, but after trailing 14-0 in the first half and going to the break 24-12 down, the home side’s fortunes in the game went the same way as several on the bayside this year with the away side kicking on late in the second half on when it counts to run out victors.
Whilst Redcliffe struggle for wins, Ipswich continue on after last week’s blip. Excitement machine Marmin Barba scored two tries for Ipswich, and the headline writer’s favourite Chris Walker chipped in with a try that will nudge him home towards the top NRL side.
The TV Game was in Cairns this week, where last premiers Northern Pride welcomed the Souths Logan Magpies who were looking to turn around some ordinary results from the past few weeks on the field. The premiers themselves were recovering from a poor start to the season and recorded a hat trick of wins and regain the confidence to get back to the top of table.
Despite the Magpies best efforts, the Pride had a little too much in all departments, and once they jumped out to a 16-0 lead in the first half, a win for the home side looked inevitable. The Pride’s Linc Port scored his second hat trick in three games.
The Magpies fought on bravely to keep the score to 36-18 by the end, and their regular second half tries ensure that the home side wouldn’t get it all their way, but ultimately the home side did and moved up to 9th on the ladder. The Magpies will be thankful that the Devils huge loss to Wynnum kept them from the bottom spot.
Bottom spot was delivered to the Norths Devils after the weekend’s fifth game at Kougari Oval resulted in a sixth consecutive loss for Norths.
The home side scored 12 tries to one, and their point a minute first half saw them head to the break at 40-0. It didn’t get any better for Norths in the second half as the Seagulls showed no mercy to score another 26 points to the Devils 4 and condemn their rivals from over the river to the bottom spot.
Amongst the 12 tries and a wagon of points for the home side was the notable 1000th point for the Seagulls’ halfback Matthew Seamark who became just the 7th player to do so, and another four tries to Daniel Ogden who passed his 100 try tally a few weeks ago against the Hunters.
The round finished in Rockhampton as the Capras attempted to start the post Jason Hetherington era under Lionel Harbin with a win against the visiting Tweed Heads side. They started in just the right way with 12-0 lead on the board after 15 minutes had gone, so maybe their excellent run of results at home were to be taken seriously.
Tweed Heads hit back however, and before the crowd knew it was 12-12 and game on. Central though had another score in them before half time as did Tweed Heads, but Central clung onto the half time lead 18-16.
Despite all the Capras bravery, they were unable stop the Seagulls scoring three unanswered tries to take the game to 32-18, and take the two points seemingly further out of reach for the home side. Central did have time for one more try and at 32-24 the margin was close enough to allow the home side to dream. It wasn’t to be as the new era ended in another gutsy performance but not win in Rockhampton.
The competition takes a break this weekend for the Residents clash.
GAME RESULTS IN DETAIL
PNG HUNTERS 38 (Israel Eliab 2, Stargroth Amean, Thompson Teteh, Adex Wera, Henry Noki, Willie Minoga tries; Noel Zeming 5 goals) def BURLEIGH BEARS 32 (Kevin Gordon 2, Brad Tighe, Tyler Chadburn, Josh Ailaomai tries; Tyler Chadburn 6 goals) at Pizzey Park.
TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS 40 (Mosese Pangai 2, Zac Santo, Kyle Feldt, Robert Lui, Michael Parker-Walshe, Glenn Hall tries; Kyle Feldt 3, Robert Lui 3 goals) def EASTS TIGERS 12 (Shane Neumann, Donald Malone tries; Donald Malone 2 goals) at Jack Manski Oval.
IPSWICH JETS 42 (Marmin Barba 2, Josh Cleeland 2, Matt Parcell 2, Carlin Anderson, Chris Walker tries; Marmin Barba 5 goals) def REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 28 (Josh Beehag 2, Shane Pumipi, Jon Green, Anthony Cherrington tries; Luke Capewell 4 goals) at Dolphin Oval.
NORTHERN PRIDE 36 (Linc Port 3, Dean McGilvray, Ryan Ghietti, Vaipuna Tia Kilifi, Ben Spina tries; Hezron Murgha 4 goals) def SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 18 (Scott Doyle 2, Aotealofa Tuimavave tries; Scott Doyle 3 goals) at Barlow Park.
WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS 66 (Daniel Ogden 4, Mitchell Buckett 2, Greg Eden 2, Patrick Templeman 2, Alehana Mara, John Te Reo tries; Matthew Seamark 9 goals) def NORTHS DEVILS 4 (Dylan Galloway try) at BMD Kougari Oval.
TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 32 (Kalifa Faifai Loa 3, James Wood, Ricardo Parata, Sam Meskell tries; Jamal Fogarty 4 goals) def CQ CAPRAS 24 (Dan Randall 2, Clinton Mooney, Gerard Tema tries; Ian Webster 4 goals) at Browne Park.