Wynnum take out bayside derby

Another great week in the Intrust Super Cup, the PNG Hunters and Easts Tigers played out a thriller in Kokopo keeping them equal on points with Townsville, and the bayside rivals also played out a tense game at Wynnum, as the Seagulls beat their rivals Redcliffe for the second time this year.

The Sunshine Coast underlined their progress with another win, and Tweed Heads came from behind to beat Mackay. Burleigh couldn’t build on their much needed win last weekend in Cairns as they lost to the Pride, and Norths won the battle of the basement in Rockhampton.

Here’s the ladder.

TOWNVILLE 35 points (Points Diff +428), PNG Hunters 35 (+170), Ipswich 32 (+184), Wynnum 30 (+177), Easts 26 (+199), Northern Pride 26 (+36), Mackay Cutters 24 (+80), Redcliffe 21 (+83), Burleigh 20 (-233), Tweed Heads 19 (-35), Sunshine Coast 17 (-157), Souths Logan 15 (-140), Norths 12 (-302), Central 6 (-490)


NORTHERN PRIDE 16 def BURLEIGH BEARS 4 @ Barlow Park (H/T 6-4)

The Northern Pride joined Easts on 26 points and entered the top 6 on Saturday night as they beat the Burleigh Bears in a relatively scrappy affair.

Tries were scarce throughout the game, with the only three of the game going to the home side. One try in the first half balanced out two Bears penalty goals for a 6-4 lead, and two more in the second half gave the Pride a vital win to jump ahead of their final aspirant rivals.

Burleigh were kept tryless not for the first time this season, and are now effectively out of the running for finals as their -233 points difference will make overtaking all the teams above will be difficult.

The Bears welcome Wynnum next weekend, a club they beat earlier in the season. Northern Pride will be looking for more momentum against one of their rivals for the top 6 in Mackay.


NORTHS DEVILS 38 def CENTRAL 6 @ Browne Park (H/T 20-6)

One horror winless streak came to an end on Sunday afternoon, and it was he Devils who broke their hoodoo since their last win in round 9, coincidentally against Central. For the home Central they remain on the solitary win for 2015, and the loss just about guarantees them last place on the ladder.

Fans of Norths will be wondering where that kind of performance has been all season as the visitors looked to have the game under control from the start after an early try started off the afternoon.

A half time lead of 20-6 was consolidated further in the second half with another 18 unanswered points giving Norths a much needed win heading into a bye. Central face a trip to the Sunshine Coast in their bid for a second win.


TWEED HEADS 24 def MACKAY CUTTERS 20 @ Piggabeen (H/T 4-10)

The Seagulls overcame a half time deficit to one of their rivals for a top 6 berth to register a timely win against quality opposition.

Tweed Heads remain a mathematical chance of making the finals, although very unlikely, and a win seemed unlikely when the Cutters extended the half time lead to 14-4 just after the game resumed. Tweed responded not long after and swiftly with two quick tries to even the game at 14-14.

Mackay edged ahead some time later, only for the home side to hit back straight away again and again like earlier in the half. This time they had hit the front with 7 minutes to go, and it was a lead they never relinquished.

The Seagulls couldn’t have asked for a harder fixture to keep winning with a trip to Townsville, Mackay get it not much easier when the Pride come to town.


PNG HUNTERS 24 def EASTS TIGERS 22 @ Kalabond Oval (H/T 10-12)

The PNG Hunters and Easts Tigers didn’t disappoint on Sunday afternoon as the last clash for the year in Kokopo was a pulsating affair between two sides in great form. In an equal game, both sides scored 4 tries and kicked 3 conversions, just a late penalty goal made the difference.

The Hunters haven’t lost since Round 6, and they broke a hoodoo against the Tigers on Sunday, a side they had yet to beat in the Intrust Super Cup. Easts Tigers had their own hoodoo having not won north of Rockhampton in 2015. It was not for a lack of trying in PNG.

The Tigers scored the first try, and held a slender 12-10 lead at the break, and followed that up with the first second half try to extend the gap to 8 points. But the Hunters haven’t been unbeaten for so long without reason, and they put on the next two tries to hit the lead for the first time in the game at 22-18.

Easts hit back to deadlock the game at 22 all with just enough time left to take an important win. In a tense finale, a penalty goal proved the difference in the 74th minute to the Hunters and they held on to remain equal on points with Townsville.

Easts reward for their travels and effort is a guaranteed two points and weekend off. PNG Hunters farewell Kalabond Oval as the next home games will be in Port Morseby and will no doubt be sdome kind of atmosphere given their earlier game this year and the league position. They come down to Ipswich next weekend in which will be the most open attacking game of rugby league anywhere this year. I’ll be there to soak up the action and can’t wait.

A great read from the Courier Mail that doesn’t involve Chris Walker or Dave Taylor is well worth a read –


SUNSHINE COAST 26 def SOUTHS LOGAN MAPGIES 18 @ Davies Park (H/T 10-12)

The Sunshine Coast proved they are the league’s most improved team in 2015 with a great win over a team who could almost boast the same title at a venue where the home side Souths Logan had won two in a row.

With just one win to their credit last year the Falcons have scored five more this season and will be looking to increase that next weekend against the struggling Capras at home.

In a see sawing affair, both sides held the lead at one stage, but after the Magpies hit the front 18-12 it was all the Falcons as they scored the next 14 points to take the win, and overtake Souths Logan into 11th on the ladder.

Souths Logan head to Redcliffe to stop their run to the finals next Sunday.



The Herald Cup was on the line on Sunday in the battle of the bayside clubs, and the rivals didn’t disappoint with an exciting clash that went the way of the home side to give them two wins over their rivals for 2015 and bragging rights for another year.

It was all Wynnum Manly in the first part of the game, as they had all the ball, and led 18-0. Errors and losing prop Jon Green to concussion for the game didn’t help the away side but they fought back with two first half tries to reduce the gap to 18-12 at half time.

Wynnum increased the advantage after the break with a try to jump ahead to 24-12 in front, but once again Redcliffe fought back and got to within 24-22 with less than 10 minutes to go. Redcliffe pressed hard for a win in the final minutes and a dropped ball over the line and a try called back for offside meant they came close, but ultimately it wasn’t enough as Wynnum had one more try up their sleeve, and ran out 30-22 winners.

It was a need win for the Seagulls who remain fourth on the ladder, they will hope to turnaround the upset loss to Burleigh earlier in the season next weekend. Redcliffe need wins, and they have every chance when Souths Logan come to the bayside next weekend.




NORTHERN PRIDE 16 (Hezron Murgha, Linc Port, Brett Anderson tries; Justin Castellaro 2 goals) def BURLEIGH BEARS 4 (Talor Walters 2 goals) at Barlow Park.

NORTHS DEVILS 38 (Michael Lucas, Joel Bailey, Rogan Dean, Dan Murphy, Brett Greinke, Dylan Smith tries; Liam Tyson 7 goals) def CQ CAPRAS 6 (Jake Ainsworth try; Matt Minto goal) at Browne Park.

TWEED HEADS 24 (Nathanael Barnes 2, Blake Anderson, Jamal Fogarty, Jai Ingram tries; Jamal Fogarty 2 goals)  def MACKAY CUTTERS 20 (Justin Tavae, Zack Walker, Liam Taylor, Josh Chudleigh tries; Liam Taylor 2 goals) at Piggabeen.

PNG HUNTERS 24 (Noel Zeming, Adex Wera, Israel Eliab, Wartovo Puara tries; Noel Zeming 4 goals) def EASTS TIGERS 22 (Shane Neumann, Richard Kennar, Tommy Butterfield, Jake Foster tries; Shaun Nona 3 goals) at Kalabond Oval, Kokopo.

SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 26 (Kurt Mann 2, Young Tonumaipea, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Johnny Vuetibau tries; David Oakes 3 goals) def SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 18 (Daniel Tamou, Aotealofa Tuimavave, Sam Gardel tries; Scott Doyle 3 goals) at Davies Park.

WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS 30 (Patrick Templeman, Mitchell Buckett, Greg Eden, Mitchell Frei, John Te Reo tries; Patrick Templeman 5 goals) def REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 22 (Aaron Whitchurch 2, Tom Opacic, Darcy Etrich tries; Luke Capewell 3 goals) at BMD Kougari Oval.

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