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REVIEW: Intrust Super Cup Round 10

INTRUST SUPER CUP REVIEW ROUND 10

Another action packed weekend of Intrust Super Cup, and another week of consolidation for the top three sides, with victories for the Blackhawks and Bears, and a guaranteed two points for a bye for the Hunters.

Below them there’s was a real tightening of the teams, with just four points separating fifth placed Redcliffe and third last Wynnum Seagulls who overtook reigning premiers Ipswich with a huge 62-16 win in the match that was second last v last going into the weekend.

RESULTS AT A GLANCE

TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS 34 Central Capras 16
Ipswich Jets 18 BURLEIGH BEARS 30
NORTHERN PRIDE 20 Redcliffe Dolphins 16
TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 22 Sunshine Coast Falcons 16
Norths Devils 20 SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 42
WYNNUM SEAGULLS 62 Mackay Cutters 16
Easts Tigers BYE
PNG Hunters BYE

 

BLACKHAWKS CONSOLIDATE TOP SPOT WITH WIN OVER CAPRAS

The Blackhawks came in after the draw to the Burleigh bears whilst the Capras came in of a brutal loss to the Wynnum Manly Seagulls. But the Capras have been the bouncing team of the league so far this year with the type of inconsistent form that makes coaches pull their hair out and so both teams knew this would be a challenging match.

The Blackhawks are gaining a reputation for some fast starts so far this season having crossed nine times before the fifteen-minute mark so far the season. So there were few surprises when Underwood and Murgha had both posted points before the quarter hour. But the Capras were not rolling over and returned fire with a couple of quick responses to Baker and Falepaini to trail by just a missed conversion after 25 minutes.

The Blackhawks then put Samsen O’Neill in off a perfect flat pass from Jahrome Hughes and the teams headed to the sheds with the Blackhawks leading 16 to 10.

Tries to Martin and Underwood pushed the margin out for the Blackhawks as they controlled the ball and the match. Hiscox dragged the margin back but the task was too great and Murgha put the seal on the match with his 76-minute completion that gave him a double for the game.

Good solid win for the Blackhawks but both coaches have work to do before next week. Blackhawks are staying home to face up to the Mackay Cutters who were subjected to a veritable pounding again at the hands of Wynnum Manly who took a liking to the Pride the week before. Capras head home to face the PNG Hunters in a match no team looks forward to playing.

 

BURLEIGH MAINTAIN TOP 3 STATUS AS JETS DROP TO SECOND LAST

The Burleigh Bears picked up where they left off after the International break with a comfortable win over the reigning premiers Ipswich on Saturday afternoon at North Ipswich Reserve.

Burleigh are currently halfway through a run of playing all of the top 5 and the premiers and on current form, which include a win over the Hunters and a draw with Townsville leading into this match, they could end up with a prefect run of those six games.

They were always in control against Ipswich after an early try in the 2nd minute started the scoring. Another try and penalty goal gave them a 14 point lead, and although Ipswich hit back in the 25th to make the score 14-6, it was as close as the Jets would get for the rest of the game as the Bears always seemed to score a try at the right time to maintain a comfortable gap throughout.

The home side who have been decimated by injury are now second last on just six points, and could just about be ruled out of finals, and a visit from the Tigers won’t be any easier. Burleigh head to Atherton to play the Pride.

 

PRIDE EDGE OUT PHINS

Pride comes in to this match after a tough loss inflicted by Wynnum Manly in the same ground the previous week. Redcliffe Dolphins took the fight to the PNG Hunters but came up short and were hoping to pile on the damage caused by the Seagulls the previous week.

The Dolphins began well and Anthony Cherrington crossed after only 7 minutes, but they then were overwhelmed as they saw Bowen, Ghietti and Ahwang all scored to send the Pride of at half time with a handy 16 to 6 lead.

Sam Anderson crossed to put the Dolphins in the hunt at only four points behind and that’s where it stayed up to the 70th minute when Javid Bowen crossed pushing the match out to more than a converted try. Redcliffe did what they could and Sam Anderson completed his double, but it was too little too late as the conversion was wide and the Pride shut down the last minute.

The Pride are home to the Burleigh Bears while the Dolphins are hosting the Devils who were rolled by the Magpies.

 

GOAL KICKING THE DIFFERENCE AS SEAGULLS OUTLAST FALCONS AT PIGGABEEN

The Sunshine Coast Falcons were much talked about as the big improvers in 2016, but they are in danger of not turning that potential into a top 6 as they were unable to turn around an early 16-0 deficit against Tweed Heads.

There hasn’t near as much buzz about the Seagulls for 2016, but the Tweed based side have now drawn level with the Sunshine Coast on 10 points on the back of four wins and a bye. They looked in control against the Sunshine Coast, with a 16-0 lead by the 29th minute, and a try 15 minutes after half time returned the margin to 16 points and gave them a 22-4 lead.

It wasn’t until the 66th minute that the Falcons put on a second try, and they made the home side nervous as they went on to score two more in the 71st and 78th minute, but unfortunately for the visitors they failed to convert any of their four tries. In the end both teams scored four tries, but it was the Seagulls who got home on the back of three conversion of their four tries.

Tweed Heads welcome the other Seagulls next weekend, whilst the Falcons welcome another feathered friend in the Magpies.

 

MAGPIES FIRST HALF BLITZ BURNS DEVILS

The Magpies and Devils headed into this match after providing NRL graduates to the Broncos and South Sydney, and the Magpies players that remained made the most of the opportunity with a solid win over Norths based on a first half of six tries to one.

Things didn’t look good for the Devils as the Magpies racked up two tries within the first 5 minutes, but they hit back in the 14th minute and it was game on at 12-6. It wasn’t to last though as Souths Logan went on a 4 try blitz in 15 minutes before half time, including one right on the buzzer to lead 36-6 into the break.

Despite the large deficit, the Devils threatened to make a game of it with three tries in 20 minutes after half time to trail by just 16 points, but it was as close as they got as the Magpies got over the line one more time to run out 42-20 winners.

Both sides head north next weekend, Souths Logan to the Sunshine Coast and Norths get to christen the new Dolphin Oval against Redcliffe.

 

WYNNUM EMBARRASS CUTTERS

Wynnum Manly went home very happy after their downing of the Pride where every play came off like a training drill. Mackay Cutters had broken their duck with a surprising victory over the Ipswich Jets and would be travelling south with the monkey left in the sheds back in Mackay.

With one of the faster starts in recent years, the Cutters were on the board in the first minute as Delayne Ashby pushed off some poor tackles and put the ball down in great position for the conversion. But that is where it started to go south for the lads from the North.

A five try feast was served up by the in-form Seagulls, as Buckett, Templeman, Gubb, Stromquist and Ogden all crossed as they opened up the Cutters from left to right and in the middle. A late try to Davey dragged the margin back, but the half time score was 26-10 in favour of the Seagulls as they headed off for the oranges.

The Cutters Liam Taylor opened up the second half and it was like stirring up an angry bear. Cronin scored a second half double, both Ogden and Stromquist completed theirs, and Eden and Harrold both made entries into the scorebook as the Seagulls ended up with an eleven try massacre over the hapless Cutters.

The Cutters face up to the top of the table Blackhawks while the battle of the Seagulls heads to Piggabeen as Tweed hosts Wynnum Manly.

 

The Ladder

Pld W D L BYE F/A PTS
Townsville Blackhawks 10 8 1 1 0 168 17
PNG Hunters 9 7 0 2 1 59 16
Burleigh Bears 10 7 1 2 0 62 15
Easts Tigers 9 5 1 3 1 40 13
Redcliffe Dolphins 9 5 0 4 1 54 12
Northern Pride 9 5 0 4 1 38 12
Sunshine Coast Falcons 10 5 0 5 0 -1 10
CQ Capras 9 4 0 5 1 -55 10
Tweed Heads Seagulls 9 4 0 5 1 -55 10
Norths Devils 9 3 1 5 1 -64 9
Souths Logan Magpies 10 4 0 6 0 -23 8
Wynnum Manly Seagulls 9 3 0 6 1 -39 8
Ipswich Jets 10 3 0 7 0 -35 6
Mackay Cutters 10 1 0 9 0 -149 2

 

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