INTRUST SUPER CUP REVIEW ROUND 3
Round 3 of the Intrust Super Cup produced some surprise results, with last year’s last and second last teams posting home wins over 2015 Top 6 sides. The Capras, who won just once in 2015, have doubled that tally in 2016 with a win over the Premiers no less.
Whilst there were those surprises, there’s no surprise at the top of the table with PNG and Townsville still on top and unbeaten. PNG were made to work hard in their new stadium against Tweed, but Townsville had it slightly easier against the Magpies.
Elsewhere, the Melbourne Storm teams – Easts and Sunshine Coast – recorded wins, both with a second half surge. And Redcliffe won the Bayside derby over a winless Wynnum side.
RESULTS AT A GLANCE
Burleigh 14 SUNSHINE COAST 36
TOWNSVILLE 46 Souths Logan 26
CENTRAL 23 Ipswich 14
NORTHS 28 Northern Pride 20
PNG HUNTERS 20 Tweed Heads 18
Mackay 22 EASTS 26
Wynnum 6 REDCLIFFE 38
BLACKHAWKS CLIP MAGPIES WINGS
FALCONS TOP OF THE COASTS AS BURLEIGH SUFFERS FIRST LOSS
The Bears impressive start to the season ended at the hands of the Sunshine Coast Falcons as the visitors overcame a half time deficit to power past the Bears for a 36-14 win.
The Bears had a first half lead despite going behind in the first minute of the game, and went even further behind in the 8th. With the half time lead and all the momentum, the Bears looked good for a third straight win. But four unanswered second half tries to the Falcons saw them triumph over the previous competition leaders.
It was a game all about eights as the Bears scored in the 28th and 38th minute, whilst the Falcons scored in the 8th, 48th, 58th, and 68th minute. The good news for both sides is that their start to the year sees them currently sitting in the Top 6.
JETS ROCKY AGAINST CAPRAS
The pre-match discussion was how Matt Minto was performing and what the Jets were going to do to handle his current hot form streak. It was a good question as he ran in 2 tries, punched through a penalty and sealed the game with a field goal.
Whilst both teams put three tries on, it was a two missed conversions versus two successful penalties that determined the margin. In a tight game, Minto broke the line for his 70th minute try that was the major difference between the two sides and you might have felt that the Capras would have liked to have the bye a bit later than next week whilst their form is hot. The Jets will be asking themselves some questions, yes they are a different side from last year, but they are not executing the game plan with the same efficiency and they may struggle against the Magpies, who though defeated did manage to put five tries on against the Blackhawks.
PRIDE TAKE NORTH BRAGGING RIGHTS
In the battle of the Northern sides it was the Devils that held of a fast finishing Pride to take the points with a five try to four victory.
Norths Devils have been hard to pick and this game will help the punters when they are tossing up a decision when these guys are at home or playing a team from the bottom half of the table. They were out of the blocks quickly and piled on four tries with Murphy kicking two from four to give them 20 before the clock hit 20 set the Pride a tough task. Whilst they clawed two tries back, the game was put out of reach with a try for Faamita with 15 to go. Two late tries, gave the Pride some respect but it was a long flight home as they have struggled awe from home this season.
The Devils are away to take on the Tigers, whilst the bye is there for the Pride, they need it.
PORT MORESBY RETURN A WINNER FOR PNG HUNTERS…JUST
After a three game burst at Sir John Guise Stadium in 2015, the PNG Hunters have returned to Port Moresby for the entire 2016 season at the National Football Stadium, formerly known as Lloyd Robson Oval. Big, enthusiastic crowds have been expected at the newly refurbished ground, and the first game on Saturday night didn’t disappoint, with a crowd that would be mid NRL at worst.
The locals were almost disappointed by a plucky Tweed Heads side, who almost stole the big occasion from the Hunters on one of Rugby League’s longest road trips. Tweed also managed the first try at the new NFS in the 16th minute after a PNG penalty saw the ground’s first points. Tweed also had the audacity to hit the front in the 57th minute to lead 18-14, but the Hunters scored the final try of the game in the 70th minute and held on to give them a first home win at the NFS. Much to the delight of the huge local crowd.
This gives the Hunters the lead of the Intrust Super Cup, whilst Tweed are left with a 1 win 2 loss record, but will be buoyed by the performance against one of the competition’s front runners in possibly the hardest place a team will play in this season.
EASTS EDGE OUT MACKAY
PHINS RULE FEATHERS IN BAYSIDE DERBY
Redcliffe paid back 2 years of Wynnum domination, and possibly the 2012 Grand Final with a powerful victory over their Bayside foes in the most recent chapter of the Herald Cup rivalry.
The Dolphins recorded a seven tries to one win over a Wynnum side who have started the season with three consecutive comprehensive home defeats. Three tries in the first half and another four in the second half gave the Dolphins their first competition points of the year, and just before the Redcliffe side gets to play their first home game of the year next weekend. They also have the third best for and against after just 1 win. An early season treble too for Tom Opacic, who made some of the Broncos squads in pre-season.
Not much joy for the Seagulls fans whose only try came in the 68th minute when the game was well and truly over. And the 0-3 task doesn’t get any easier ahead of a trip to Townsville to face the Blackhawks.
ROUND 3 LADDER
|6||Sunshine Coast Falcons||3||2||1||5||4|
|11||Tweed Heads Seagulls||3||1||2||-8||2|
|12||Souths Logan Magpies||3||1||2||-32||2|
|14||Wynnum Manly Seagulls||3||0||3||-68||0|