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Intrust Super Cup Round 6 review

The top of the Intrust Super Cup tightened up as the results of some of the weekend’s key clashes bunched the top of the ladder up to the point that just three points separates the table topping Townsville Blackhawks and the eighth placed Norths Devils.

With byes not spread out evenly, and the fact that it is early days in the competition, there’s plenty of adjusting to be done, but we can enjoy the moment of a close competition while it lasts.

The big clashes saw the PNG Hunters continue their regular season form against the Blackhawks with a predicably close finish, and the Tigers got the best of their local rivals and condemned Wynnum to a sixth straight loss.

Elsewhere Norths, Sunshine Coast and Burleigh all got great away wins, Redcliffe took a game to a new location and were rewarded with two points, and the Northern Pride handed out the season’s biggest win so far.

At the bottom of the table both Wynnum and Mackay are still without a competition point in six games, and their finals hopes have dimmed somewhat. As are the reigning premiers Ipswich chances of a repeat in 2016 as they remain on two wins.

RESULTS AT A GLANCE

REDCLIFFE 38 Ipswich 12
Central 22 SUNSHINE COAST 38
Mackay 16 NORTHS 32
EASTS 30 Wynnum 18
Souths Logan 32 BURLEIGH 38
NORTHERN PRIDE 48 Tweed Heads 0
PNG HUNTERS 11 Townsville 10

 

Jets grounded by Dolphin’s first half blitz

The defending premiers Jets suffered a fourth loss in five games as they were well beaten by the Redcliffe side playing their home game at Albany Creek whilst they wait for the completion of an upgrade to Dolphin Oval.

All the damage was done in the first half and just after the break as Redcliffe underlined their much expected improvement by scoring five tries to none in the first half followed by one more just after the interval to build a 36-0 and held the reigning premiers to no tries until the 71st minute.

The Dolphins have now won three on the trot, proving playing away from home isn’t a bad thing, but despite going a year without a home win from mid 2014 to mid 2015, they will no doubt look forward to their first game at home on the bayside. The way they are going they may well be at the sharp end of the table when that happens.
Sunshine Coast knocking on Top 6 door with fourth win.

Like the Dolphins earlier in the day, the Sunshine Coast Falcons were expected to improve in 2016 and like the Redcliffe side, some had predicted finals for the men from the Sunshine Coast this season.

Despite losing to their fellow major improvers last weekend in an emotional occasion to honour James Ackerman, the Falcons got back on track in Rockhampton and won their 4th game in the first 6 rounds with a seven tries to five victory.

The Sunshine Coast extended their 24-8 half time lead with two more tries by the 50th minute, and a late rally from the Capras wasn’t enough to get them a victory which would have had both sides on three wins in 2016. Despite the loss, Central look massively improved from last year, and have already doubled last year’s tally of one win, and there’s no doubt they will double that again and more in 2016.

The Falcons are yet to receive their two point bye bonus so their position on the ladder looks a little worse than it does currently.

Devils too go for Cutters

In a game of two halves, unfortunately for the Cutters they lost both of them. After the devils came out with a strong start, Mackay was only able to claw back one of the Devils three tries before half time and it was an 18-4 half time score thanks to Todd Murphy’s perfect kicking thanks to tries close to the pegs.

While the Cutters were able to put two more meat pies on after the break, the Devils pushed it out to the final margin with three of their own. In a businesslike performance the Devils were a level above the Utters for the entire match and never really under threat.

Next Week sees the Cutters hosting Redcliffe who grounded the Jets and the Devils face both the Hunters and an estimated 12, 000 fans in Port Moresby.

Tigers outclass Seagulls – by Matt Crowhurst

 

Plenty of points at Davies Park as Bears remain second with an eye on first.

The Burleigh Bears continued their great run of form to start 2016 with a win over the Souths Logan that leaves them second, but importantly on the same amount of wins and points as all conquering Townsville and the PNH Hunters. And they achieved this weekend’s victory without Cameron Cullen who got to make his Gold Coast Titans debut.

Like a lot of Souths Logan games this year, they were close enough to trouble the Bears throughout the game, but unlike last weekend where they got the better of Wynnum with the latest of field goals, they just fell short against Burleigh.

The Bears got the dream result in PNG to get them level on points with Townsville, and with the Blackhawks facing a tough road trip to the Sunshine Coast next weekend, a home win against the Capras could get them the top spot.

Pride shut out Tweed

Khan Ahwang sits atop of the individual point scorers list after nailing all 8 conversions as the Pride dominated a lacklustre Seagulls at Barlow Park. With Doubles to Hancock and George, the Cairns team were brutal and methodical as they both spread it wide and beat them through the middle and as the heat and humidity sapped the battered Seagulls and two long range efforts broke their hearts on either side of half time.

The Pride will face a tougher task as the Easts Tigers venture north and The Seagulls will face off against the Souths Logan Magpies who will be eager for the win after pushing the Bears all the way in a thriller.

Hunters edge out Blackhawks

If you were working on name recognition, you could have mistaken the Hunters for scoring all four tries as local products and Blackhawks players Rhyse Martin and Willie Minoga offset the efforts of Adam Korave and Justin Olam in a hot and steamy encounter on Sunday afternoon. Both kickers were one from two and the game was locked up at 10 apiece right up until the last minutes when Ase Boas defied the Forwards Union and safely slotted the winning field goal to send the 12,000 local fans into ecstasy as he sealed the win.

In a pitched battle, both sides left nothing on the field and the errors and penalties made it obvious that both sides were pushing the pedal to the metal as they fought hard for the points. With two key injuries and playing in what will easily become the hardest away game in the competition, the Blackhawks pushed hard, but fell agonisingly short in maintaining their perfect start to the season.

Next week the Hunters will again play host this time to the Norths Devils who are riding high after their sold victory over the Mackay Cutters. The Blackhawks will be again away facing off against the Sunshine Coast Falcons who secured a valuable away victory over the inconsistent Capras.

 

 

P W D L B +/- Pts
Townsville Blackhawks 6 5 0 1 0 107 10
Burleigh Bears 6 5 0 1 0 54 10
PNG Hunters 6 5 0 1 0 41 10
Easts Tigers 6 4 1 1 0 50 9
Northern Pride 5 3 0 2 1 61 8
Redcliffe Dolphins 5 3 0 2 1 54 8
Sunshine Coast Falcons 6 4 0 2 0 25 8
Norths Devils 6 3 1 2 0 -2 7
CQ Capras 5 2 0 3 1 -21 6
Ipswich Jets 6 2 0 4 0 -27 4
Souths Logan Magpies 6 2 0 4 0 -45 4
Tweed Heads Seagulls 5 1 0 4 1 -90 4
Mackay Cutters 6 0 0 6 0 -86 0
Wynnum Manly Seagulls 6 0 0 6 0 -121 0

 

 

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