A big weekend for some of the top chances for this season’s Intrust Super Cup as Townsville, Redcliffe and Easts all ran up 50 points in big wins, and Burleigh continued their great run against the top sides with a win in Cairns against the Pride.
The battle of the Seagulls or “Flockbuster” went to Wynnum as they won their fourth game in a row, and there was another draw on the Sunshine Coast.
Finally a big win for the Capras, and quite the turnaround for a side who won just once last year to beat one of the competition’s front runners from this year and last.
RESULTS AT A GLANCE
TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS 52 Mackay Cutters 8
Ipswich Jets 20 EASTS TIGERS 52
Northern Pride 14 BURLEIGH BEARS 24
CENTRAL CAPRAS 27 PNG Hunters 20
REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 52 Norths Devils 10
Tweed Heads Seagulls 16 WYNNUM SEAGULLS 30
Sunshine Coast Falcons 16 drew Souths Logan Magpies 16
TOP PLACED BLACKHAWKS OVERPOWER BOTTOM PLACED CUTTERS
by Dan White
Mackay managed to score first in both halves in a game that ultimately met the expectations as that was all they scored. With a first half hat-trick Jonathon Reuben was devastating as he exploited some weak defence and Jahrome Hughes was equally damaging with his first half double. MPW also returned to the scoring list as the Blackhawks were a constant force in putting in six first half tries.
The second half was less prolific but MPW completed his double as Quabba, Jenson and Hoeter also troubled the scorers for the Blackhawks. Pearsall and Susuga were the entrants for the Cutters highlights reel but it was going to be a long trip home after they were clearly a step below in all facets of the game.
The Blackhawks will lose Hughes and Thompson to the Cowboys for Origin 1 replacement duties, but the commitment of MPW to not play in the top grade will keep many of the key pieces in place when these games impact on selection. The Blackhawks now head down to face the Easts Tigers and the Cutters will have the bye.
EASTS THRASH DEFENDING CHAMPS
Matt Crowhurst’s report here
BURLEIGH WET WEATHER WIN IN ATHERTON
by Dan White
In a match held in Atherton on a rather wet evening we saw one of the inform teams in the Burleigh Bears control the ball better for the first hour and had gone into the sheds with a handy 14 point to nil lead. Solid tries from Schwass and Rowe followed an early penalty and the Bears were in full control. The score was pushed out to 20 with a try to Wanahi before the Pride swooped on a dropped pass and winger Justin Castellaro sprinted eighty metres to raise the first points for the pride.
Luke George was in for the Pride soon after and the game was getting tighter until an error from the Pride allowed for Olly Regan to cross and push the lead out to 14 with only minutes remaining. A late try to Ahwang was good for the Prides for and against but not enough as the Bears completed a comfortable victory in rather ugly weather.
Next week the Pride are at their real home of Barlow park against Souths Logan and the Bears head over into Dolphin Territory to face Redcliffe.
CAPRAS WIN TV CLASSIC OVER HUNTERS
by Dan White
On the Sunday TV stage in Queensland we saw one of the classic upsets that brings us to the game every week. PNG headed in to this game after some strong home form and a week off whilst the Capras were licking their wounds after a tough game in Townsville. The game was already in the books as a Hunters win but nobody told the Capras.
In a dynamic first half it was the local lads who came out of the blocks firing and had run in four tries to the Hunters solo score and the crowd was buzzing. Baker, Cullen, Morseau and Kirisome all crossed with the Morseau try a string contender for the Capras try of the year. Amean for the Hunters did break up the domination but as they headed into the sheds, it was the Capras up 20-4.
The tough talk from Michael Marum brought a different Hunters team out in the second half and hearts would have been thumping hard for the locals as the Hunters relentlessly closed the gap to lock the scores up with still 15 remaining. Tries to Zeming, Wera and Amean were exactly what you expect from a team near the top of the table but it was not in the books just yet.
A field goal from Matthew Minto placed the pressure back on to the Hunters and it told as a midfield bomb was diffused and returned by Baker to complete his double and give the struggling Capras some much needed momentum for the rest of the season. They now sit one game out of the final 5 and know that they can beat anyone who comes to Browne Park.
This week they will head down to Wynnum Manly to take on the in-form Seagulls whilst the Hunters also head south to face the struggling Ipswich Jets.
DOLPHINS HAVE A FIELD DAY ON NEW FIELD DAY
by Shannon Meyer
Whilst the new grandstand at Dolphin Oval was not completely finished, the Dolphins still made a welcome return to their ground for the first time in 2016, and gave their footy starved fans plenty to enjoy with a 9 tries to 2 win featuring 8 different try scorers over one their biggest rivals Norths Devils.
After opening the scoring in the 7th minute, the home side went on to score two sets of back to back tries and held an almost uncatchable 28-0 lead at the break. After half time the two sides traded tries, but Norths could only get within 30 points of Redcliffe, who then went onto to score twice more and bring up the half century.
The Dolphins are starting to live up to the pre season expectation of top 6 improvement, and with a backlog of games to come at Dolphin Oval, will be a tough prospect for anyone to come in 2016.
WYNNUM’S SEASON TAKING OFF AFTER WINNING BATTLE OF THE GULLS
by Shannon Meyer
Hard to think after six straight losses to start the season, but Wynnum kept their season on track with a chance of finals football after their fourth straight win gave them two points, a win over their rival Seagulls team that allowed them to overtake them on the ladder, and draw within just two point of sixth placed Northern Pride.
The Pride themselves had a run of losses to start their season last year before regrouping to make the Top 6, and that seems entirely possible for Wynnum given their recent form.
There wasn’t much in the first half as Wynnum scored first, and Tweed Heads replied, but tries either side of half time allowed the Wynnum Seagulls to skip ahead 18-6 and despite another Tweed Heads try 8 minutes later, Wynnum put on another two tries to surge ahead of their rivals on the day and on the ladder.
SUNSHINE COAST KICKING THEMSELVES AGAIN AFTER MAGPIES DRAW
by Shannon Meyer
After missing out the week before against Tweed Heads by 6 points after kicking 0/4 conversions, the Falcons lack of goal kicking cost them another two points as they drew with the Souths Logan Magpies despite scoring 4 tries to 2.
It was a try a piece in the first half, with a conversion and a penalty goal making the difference for Souths Logan who lead 8-4 at half time. After the break the home side scored three tries to one, but once again failed to land any of the conversions, and a 79th minute penalty to the Magpies punished the Falcons for the second week in a row as they grabbed themselves a share of the points.
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|9||Wynnum Manly Seagulls||10||4||0||6||1||-25||10|
|10||Tweed Heads Seagulls||10||4||0||6||1||-69||10|
|11||Souths Logan Magpies||11||4||1||6||0||-23||9|