A long weekend of Intrust Super Cup produced some great games and interesting results in some different locations, highlighting the great and diverse competition it is.
At the top the Townsville took North Queensland and Intrust Super Cup ladder bragging rights with a win over the Northern Pride. Redcliffe’s travels took them to Burpengary and were rewarded with two competition points against Easts in a tense affair. The final game of the all Top 6 battles in Round 8 was the traditional Anzac Day clash between Burleigh and the PNG Hunters.
Two of the other three games were played at locations that see very little Intrust Super Cup in Yeppoon and Hervey and in both cases the home side were beaten by the visitors. Finally, the Tweed Heads Seagulls ensures Mackay’s winless start continued handing them an eighth straight loss.
RESULTS AT A GLANCE
REDCLIFFE 28 Easts 26
Sunshine Coast 6 IPSWICH 20
Souths Logan 16 CENTRAL 28
TWEED HEADS 37 Mackay 24
TOWNSVILLE 26 Northern Pride 13
BURLEIGH 20 PNG Hunters 18
Phins edge out Tigers
See QRL match report here
Hervey Bay the location for Jet’s season to take off.
The Ipswich Jets got a desperately needed win on Saturday night as the Intrust Super Cup made its first appearance on the Fraser Coast in Hervey Bay.
Coming into the game having lost five of their last six including three losses in a row, and with key players missing including big name Marmin Barba, it looked a tough prospect playing the improved Sunshine Coast side.
The reigning premiers needn’t have worried as they secured a hard fought but comfortable victory over the Falcons with two tries in each half, and keeping their opposition scoreless until the latest of consolation tries in the 79th minute.
For Ipswich it was their third win of the season, and much needed if they intend on defending their crown. Sunshine Coast have now lost their last three home fixtures and sit ninth with a 50% record overall, but have a favourable run of 4 games against non-Top 6 opposition and a bye coming up to build on their promising start.
Capras move to sixth win victory over Magpies
Both sides came in off victories, but it was the team that had not won back to back games since 2013 in the Capras that got off to the better start, first spreading it wide and then through the guts with two tries in the opening half hour. The locals hit back with four minutes to go in the half only to see Kirisome Kirisome ended a sweeping set with a classic wingers try.
He finished off a highlight reel with his second as the Capras kept the ball alive straight after the resumption to pounce on the cross field kick after a dozen passes and brushed tackles. Matching pairs of tries finished off the match as the Capras were happy to hold out for a valuable away win that moved them up to 6th on the table. Souths Logan fought hard all the way but the final score reflected the quality of the game and will give the Capras confidence for the coming challenges.
Next week sees the Capras head over to Piggabeen to face the Tweed and Souths Logan travel to Suzuki Stadium to face the Easts Tigers who lost a tight one at the Dolphins.
Tweed outclass Cutters
The Cutters headed into this match without a win and in need of a break, the football gods looked down and decided to shine on the Seagulls and made the day a trial of punishment for the Cutters as they saw their opponents score 4 tries to 2 in the first half. The final try of the half coming immediately after they had got to their kick after their second try was scored. A brilliant run by Shannon Walker opened them up and the move was finished by Leva Li as they went the length of the field to lead 24 -12 at the break.
The second half maintained the status quo with two tries apiece and a penalty and final field goal sealed the deal in a tough afternoon down at Piggabeen for the struggling Cutters. Tweed Heads will be happy to be back on the winners list with this victory after some excellent individual efforts that should give them confidence for the coming weeks.
Next week the Seagulls remain at home to face the CQ Capras who are coming off a win whilst the Cutters return home to face a rejuvenated Jets side after their best win this year.
Blackhawks win ANZAC Derby
History repeated itself yesterday as at half time we saw the Blackhawks trailing their opponents as they headed into the sheds for the break. Again it repeated as the same teams came out of the sheds and the Blackhawks dominated the second half, so as it was against the SC Falcons, so it was against the Northern Pride.
It was a game in which the observer could see that the Blackhawks were a step above and that it would take something special from the Pride to challenge them. The first half saw a great break from deep in Blackhawks territory that was finished off well by Jared Allen. The Blackhawks responded with Jonathon Reuben finishing off a typical backline manoeuvre and the margin was reduced to 6-4. Pride almost immediately hit back with another standout effort from Jack Svendsen before Reuben completed his first half double. Torpy potted a field goal and with the accurate kicking from Khan Ahwang we saw the halftime end with a 13 to 8 lead to the Pride.
They will probably be checking the Blackhawks water bottles as once again they came out and powered over for a try just minutes into the second half. The left side worked neatly and the conversion overturned the Pride’s lead as the Blackhawks gained the lead in the 43rd minute. Laybutt then extended the lead but you could not see where the Pride were going to get a try from and only desperate defence stopped the score from growing by just the two tries that sealed the game.
Next week see the Blackhawks head south to face the Burleigh Bears in the TV game on Sunday (1:40pm) after they downed the PNG Hunters in a tight match, and the Pride return home to Barlow Park to face up to Wynnum Manly who are coming in off the bye.
As a prelude to the main game, we saw the Cyril Connell (U16) and Mal Meninga (U18) Cup sides play the Victorian teams. The Victorians had many players involved in the Storm academy and they fought tooth and nail in both games. The heat may have had an impact, as the locals ran out successors in both games. The crowd had the opportunity to observe a number of young men display their quality and skills at a packed Jack Manski Oval. Both the Storm and Cowboys have the signatures of many on display and you could see why.
Burleigh hold on in another Anzac Day thriller
The Burleigh Bears turned around last year’s fast finishing defeat by the PNG Hunters by holding on in their traditional Anzac Day clash.
In a game which mirrored last year’s clash in some way, the Bears were dominant in the first half and took a sizeable 14-0 lead to the break. When the Hunters scored just after the break, a similar second half comeback win looked possible for the PNG side with ball in hand. The Bears replied to make it 20-6, and the Hunters had enough time to come back, and although they scored two further tries, a combination of dropped ball and perpetually enthusiastic defence from Burleigh held them out.
It take the Anzac Day clash record to 2-1 in Burleigh’s favour, and with 6 more points could have taken the Hunters third spot on the ladder too.
|Sunshine Coast Falcons||8||4||0||4||0||-19||8|
|Souths Logan Magpies||8||3||0||5||0||-39||6|
|Tweed Heads Seagulls||7||2||0||5||1||-95||6|