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Intrust Super Cup Round 5 review

No home comforts for teams in the Intrust Super Cup this weekend as all seven home sides were beaten in a Round 5 that rewarded travel.

Some didn’t have to travel too far like Souths Logan and Redcliffe for their wins, others like Easts, PNG, Townsville and Northern Pride had to cover a large chunk of the state to earn their two competition points. To round out the away pays, Burleigh beat Norths in the TV game at Bishop Park.

The wash up is that Townsville remain unbeaten and top of the table with Burleigh and PNG Hunters just one win behind. Easts sit in fourths 1 point better off than a group of four teams on six points.

At the bottom of the table both Wynnum and Mackay remain without a competition point in five games.

RESULTS AT A GLANCE

Ipswich 24 NORTHERN PRIDE 26
Sunshine Coast 12 REDCLIFFE 16
Mackay 20 PNG 34
Central 10 EASTS 30
Norths 6 BURLEIGH 26
Tweed Heads 8 TOWNSVILLE 42
Wynnum 20 SOUTHS LOGAN 21

 

PRIDE UPSET PREMIERS

The Northern Pride pulled off their biggest upset this season when they took the points off the Jets in a tight tussle at the North Ipswich Reserve.

A warm up injury shuffled the Prides forwards around but they responded well to the changes. A see-sawing battle marked the opening half with the Jets at one time holding a 10-0 lead only for it to be overtaken with two quick Pride tries. And while the Jets scored four tries to three in the first half, it was level pegging at 18 all as they went into the half time break.

The second half was a reverse of the open first. A tighter effort by both teams limited the scoring opportunities with a try apiece in the opening 20.

With the game on the line and with a drop-out by the Jets, there was always going to be drama. A trick play is always the first option for the Jets and when the short kick was taken to the other end of the field the locals were rejoicing only to see the arm of the Referee up indicating the kick had not gone past the 10 metre mark and the Pride were left to slot the awarded penalty through the goals for the final score-line of 26 to 24.

Pride travel home to host Tweed Heads, while the Jets head over to Redcliffe to face the Dolphins.

 

DOLPHINS EARLY SEASON ROAD TRIP NOTCHES SECOND CONSECUTIVE WIN

Redcliffe’s seemingly endless road trip away from Dolphin Oval yielded its second consecutive win on Saturday night as they beat the Sunshine Coast Falcons on a night that honoured the late Dolphin and Falcon James Ackerman.

It was a good follow up from Redcliffe after beating bayside rival Wynnum in their last match, and although they have a home fixture next weekend, it will be at the unfamiliar territory of the South Pine Sports Complex at Albany Creek.

For the full match report, catch up with Matt Crowhurst’s report.

http://www.nothingbutleague.com/2016/04/03/intrust-super-cup-phins-win-inaugural-ackerman-cup/

 

GALLANT CUTTERS FALL TO HUNTERS

A good start by the Mackay Cutters had the Hunters looking down the barrel of a second loss for the season as the first half ended with the Cutter leading by 16 -12 with a three try to two lead and some confidence returning to the struggling side.

Unfortunately for the home side, the Hunters came out from the break a new side and had claimed the lead by the 50th minute. From there they were never headed and the result finally put out of reach with a sealer by Adex Wera.

In a tough fought encounter, the Cutters should take some solace in their improvements as the Hunters will be taking the points quite frequently his season.

The Hunters now host the Townsville Blackhawks in what should easily be the game of the season so far. The Cutters host the inconsistent Devils who seem to win games they shouldn’t and lose when they should win. Interesting times.

 

EASTS def Central

Report to come

 

SECOND IS BEST FOR BURLEIGH AS EARLY SEASON SURGE CONTINUES

Burleigh continued their great start to the 2016 season as they defeated the Norths Devils on their first appearance for the cameras in 2016.

A tight first half opened up for the Bears in the second half who scored all the points including the two competition points after some great attack spearheaded by Cameron Cullen, who was almost playing for the Titans instead this weekend. His soccer style assist that kind of looked like a karate kick was a fine piece of innovation that led to a try, despite a hint of offside.

It’s all good for the Bears who only have the all conquering Townsville Blackhawks above them. Although a tricky fixture at Davies park awaits in Round 6.

 

BLACKHAWKS REMAIN UNBEATEN

Tweed Heads had Titans NRL player William Zillman take the field on his injury return in their clash with ISC heavyweights the Townsville Blackhawks and he opened their scoring in the third minute giving hope to the locals.

 

Then the Blackhawks turned up and once again had the result almost in their pocket before half time. Three tries and only a few attacking opportunities for their opponents saw them in to the sheds with a 14 -4 lead. Obviously wanting more from his players, Coach Woolf sent the Blackhawks out and they quickly extended their score-line with two converted tries in five minutes to take a firm grip on the game. Three more tries went in before the Seagulls finished the day with their second.

A nice preparation for the Blackhawks who now head north to face the PNG Hunters, Tweed Heads is also heading north to face the in-form Northern Pride.

 

MAGPIES HAND SEAGULLS FIVE STRAIGHT LOSSES

Souths Logan underlined their 2016 improvement by notching their second win of the year at the expense of the Wynnum Seagulls who have lost 5 in a row to start the season including their first four games at BMD Kougari Oval.

The home side were always chasing the result after Souths Logan scored in the second minute, the sides were going tit for tat for try scoring until the last Wynnum try in the 45th minute. The home side looked to have salvaged at least a draw with a penalty in the 76th minute with the first points in 30 minutes, but had not time to respond to a late Magpies field goal in the 79th minute.

Both sides face tough games next weekend with the Magpies at home to second placed Burleigh and Wynnum face their local rivals Easts who won’t be doing them any favours.

 

P W D L B PD PTS
Townsville Blackhawks 5 5 0 0 0 108 10
Burleigh Bears 5 4 0 1 0 48 8
PNG Hunters 5 4 0 1 0 40 8
Easts Tigers 5 3 1 1 0 38 7
Redcliffe Dolphins 4 2 0 2 1 28 6
Northern Pride 4 2 0 2 1 13 6
Sunshine Coast Falcons 5 3 0 2 0 9 6
CQ Capras 4 2 0 2 1 -5 6
Norths Devils 5 2 1 2 0 -18 5
Ipswich Jets 5 2 0 3 0 -1 4
Souths Logan Magpies 5 2 0 3 0 -39 4
Tweed Heads Seagulls 4 1 0 3 1 -42 4
Mackay Cutters 5 0 0 5 0 -70 0
Wynnum Manly Seagulls 5 0 0 5 0 -109 0

 

 

 

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