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Seagulls move to third with victory over Bears

Another big weekend in the Intrust Super Cup, and a good one for the competition’s two top sides – Townsville Blackhawks and PNG Hunters as they both won and now have a 5 point gap to third with three games to go. Townsville with their humungous for and against difference are assured of a top two spot now.

Just a rung down the ladder Wynnum Manly overtook Ipswich on for and against in third with a win, and further down Northern Pride beat rival Mackay and with Easts getting two points from the bye they have just about sewn up the top 6.

Redcliffe won impressively in front of exalted company, but have left their run too late. Finally Sunshine Coast continued their progress in 2015 by handing the Capras the wooden spoon they held themselves last year.

Talking of the Top 6 – the QRL announced the finals format for the upcoming finals shindig, read more about it here. http://www.qrl.com.au/news/2015/08/07/major_competitions_f.html

Here’s the ladder with three rounds to go.

TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS – 37 Points (F/A +468), PNG HUNTERS 37 (+188), WYNNUM MANLY 32 (+199), IPSWICH 32 (+166), EASTS 28 (+199), NORTHERN PRIDE 28 (+40), MACKAY 24 (+76), REDCLIFFE 23 (+123), BURLEIGH 20 (-255), TWEED HEADS 19 (-75), SUNSHINE COAST 19 (-137), SOUTHS LOGAN 15 (-180), NORTHS 14 (-302), CENTRAL 6 (-510).

Byes remaining: Wynnum / Burleigh – R24

 

PNG HUNTERS 32 def IPSWICH JETS 14 @ North Ipswich Reserve (H/T 16-4)

The entertainers of the competition turned it on at North Ipswich Reserve on Saturday afternoon. There was the usual aggressive style from the Hunters, and the unpredictability from the Jets.

It made for good viewing and a full report can be found here – http://www.nothingbutleague.com/2015/08/09/hunters-dominate-jets-in-match-of-the-entertainers/

TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS 52 def TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 12 @ Jack Manski Oval (H/T 40-6)

Anyone thinking Townsville had gone off the boil slightly before Round 22 after a draw and a loss preceded their bye last weekend were given a stern reminder of the power of the new boys.

Tweed Heads had arrived in Townsville in great form having seen off top 6 sides Wynnum Manly and Mackay, but they departed with their finals hopes ended and a 40 point loss, although not the first side to leave Townsville on the back of a big loss.

An early try to each side was a false dawn for a close game as the Blackhawks second try in the 14th minute started an unanswered spree of five further tries to take a 40-6 lead into half time, by which time Kyle Feldt had already secured a hat trick of tries.

The Seagulls scored first in the second half, but that was with half of the second half to go, and was far too late to mount a serious comeback. As it was Townsville had time for two more tries, and another home game where they reached the half century.

Townsville have assured themselves of a top two finish, but will need to keep winning to take the minor premiership ahead of the Hunters. They play the Jets next round which will be a good test. Tweed Heads take on the Capras.

 

NORTHERN PRIDE 26 def MACKAY CUTTERS 22 @ Stadium Mackay (H/T 14-6)

A tight see-sawing match between two North Queensland rivals who are both eyeing of the final Top 6 place was expected and delivered in Mackay to wrap up Saturday’s fixtures.

With just two points separating these sides in their last two meetings, and both games going to the visiting side, it was no surprise then that the Pride took out the latest instalment between the Mackay and Cairns based sides.

The Pride did get out to a big lead in the second half as they consolidated their three tries to one first half to score the first try of the second half and extend their lead to a game high 14 points at 20-6. But Mackay haven’t been amongst the top sides all year for no reason and mounted a comeback scoring three tries in the last 20 minutes to get close to the Pride, a pity for the Cutters that the Pride scored their fifth of the afternoon in the 72nd minute which gave them just enough room to stay in front.

The Pride are now four points clear of Mackay in seventh place, which is some kind of achievement given their five game losing streak at the start of the season. They face Redcliffe next round to confirm their top 6 place and put the final nail in Redcliffe’s finals plan. Mackay will be desperate to beat the Norths Devils next round to stay in touch.

 

SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 36 def CENTRAL CAPRAS 16 @ Sunshine Coast Stadium (H/T 18-12)

The Sunshine Coast notched their seventh win of the season for the TV game on Sunday and condemned Central to yet another loss and confirmed their wooden spoon.

Some progress for the Falcons, who like Central this year only won the solitary game last season, and it’s hard to argue the new link up Melbourne Storm is paying dividends.

The game typified Central’s season to a degree as they were very competitive in the first half, even scoring the first try and leading again after the Sunshine Coast equalled their first. But the Capras weren’t able to maintain that form, and before the half time break the home side scored another two tries for the six point half time lead.

Central persevered and although they were outscored three tries to one in the second half, they never gave up, and a reward will hopefully come their way before the end of the season.

Sunshine Coast continue to build momentum for next year and face Burleigh next round to try for three straight wins. Central will be hoping for just one in a row against Tweed Heads.

 

REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 46 def SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 6 @ Dolphin Oval (H/T 16-0)

Two things that would have surprised those at Dolphin Oval on Sunday, firstly there was no score after 20 minutes after the previous clash produced 62 points, and secondly the Prime Minister Tony Abbott attended an Intrust Super Cup match at Redcliffe. He was there to launch the Federal Government’s assistance in building a new stadium at Redcliffe. More on that story below.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/questnews/moreton/federal-government-to-commit-4-million-for-new-stadium-in-south-east-queensland-at-dolphin-oval/story-fni9r1i7-1227476078572

In fact the game was at 26 minutes before the first points were scored, and thankfully for the big crowd at Redcliffe it was the home side who were the ones to score. Two more in the next ten minutes gave the home side at 16-0 half time lead.

The Dolphins then turned on the style in the second half with a further six tries and got the lead out to 46-0 before a late consolation try gave the Magpies something to enjoy.

Redcliffe will rue not starting their charge to the finals a little earlier in the season but still hold fate in their own hands when they meet sixth place Northern Pride next round. Souths Logan don’t get it any easier next round when they travel to play Easts.

 

WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS 46 def BURLEIGH BEARS 24 @ Pizzey Park (H/T 30-4)

Wynnum Manly moved into third with a comfortable win over the Bears on Sunday afternoon. They also collected the Club Championship with the win.

A big first half from the Seagulls saw them lead at half time 30-4, and there was no relenting after the break as the visitors scored the first two tries of the second half and at 40-4 it looked only the margin of the victory was up for grabs.

Burleigh battled on and went on to score four of the final five tries in the last 20 minutes to bring back some respectability to the score line.

Wynnum Manly are now on level terms with Ipswich and every win will be vital with second still up for grabs given favourable results. They play the second placed side PNG Hunter in PNG next weekend. Burleigh face the Sunshine Coast.

 

ROUND 22 RESULTS IN DETAIL

PNG HUNTERS 32 (Stargroth Amean, Noel Zeming, Israel Eliab, Atte Bina tries; Noel Zeming 8 goals) def IPSWICH JETS 14 (Marmin Barba 2, Dane Phillips tries; Carlin Anderson goal) at North Ipswich Reserve.

TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS 52 (Kyle Feldt 3, Jahrome Hughes, Zac Santo, Tom Humble, Samsen O’Neill, Daniel Beasley, Kelepi Tanginoa tries; Kyle Feldt 6, Robert Lui 2 goals) def TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 12 (Nathanael Barnes, James Wood tries; Jamal Fogarty 2 goals) at Jack Manski Oval.

NORTHERN PRIDE 26 (Javid Bowen 2, Luke George 2, Sam Obst tries; Javid Bowen 3 goals) def MACKAY CUTTERS 22 (Sam Clune, Jordan Pereira, Ben Jones, Liam Taylor tries; Liam Taylor 2, Buchanan Rawhiti goals) at Stadium Mackay.

SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 36 (Young Tonumaipea, Travis Robinson, David Oakes, Ryan Hansen, Jaz Nahu-Main, Mboya Adams tries; David Oakes 3, Ryan Hansen 3 goals) def CQ CAPRAS 16 (Sam Smith 2, Matt Minto tries; Ian Webster 2 goals) at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 46 (Josh Beehag 2, Luke Capewell 2, Aaron Whitchurch, Curtis Johnston, John Brady, Darcy Etrich, Shane Pumipi tries; Luke Capewell 5 goals) def SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 6 (Daniel Tamou try; Scott Doyle goal) at Dolphin Oval.

WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS 46 (Mitchell Frei 3, Matthew Grieve 2, Greg Eden 2, Patrick Templeton tries; Mathew Seamark 7 goals) def BURLEIGH BEARS 24 (Dimitri Pelo 2, Jamie Dowling, Christian Hazard, Tyron Haynes tries; Kevin Gordon 2 goals) at Pizzey Park.

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