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Intrust Super Cup Preview: Redcliffe Dolphins

Twitter: @DolphinsRLFC
Home Ground: Dolphin Oval, Redcliffe
Coach: Adam Mogg
Last Year: 7th – 10 wins – 12 losses – 1 draw

The Intrust Super Cup’s most successful side with 5 premierships and an additional 5 grand final appearances in total, have had a lean run since their Grand Final loss to Wynnum in 2012, as they have not made the finals since. For a club with such a winning tradition, the bayside club will be hoping to turn this around in 2016.

They started their off season with former Broncos and Redcliffe coach Anthony Griffin at the helm, but when the NRL came knocking in the form of Penrith. The Dolphins were looking for a new head coach again after Troy Lindsay had stepped aside at the end of last season. Former Dolphin and Origin rep Adam Mogg is now in charge and the pressure will be on early as it was the Dolphins poor early form that cost them a finals place after a great end of season run got them to 7th.

Home form will be equally important as Redcliffe went almost a year without a win at home across two seasons, and although they eventually broke their duck in style against Central 68-16 and had some big wins in the second half of the year, they were too far off the pace to seriously threaten the top 6 by season’s end.

The Dolphins have acquired some Intrust Super Cup winning experience courtesy of 2013 Premiers Mackay Cutters players Chris Gesch and Tyson Andrews and will hopefully have excitement machine Joe Bond back for a full season after an injury marred 2015 ruined his Redcliffe return.

Key Matches:
Early matches at home to ensure a good start to the season unlike in 2015.
Both matches against Wynnum – not only for the Herald Cup, but turning around the 0/2 record against a regular Top 6 side.

 

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