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REVIEW: Intrust Super Cup Round 12

Round 12 was a great weekend for the chasing pack as the top three sides and sixth placed Northern Pride were all defeated, as result there has been a little movement in the top 6 with the big movers Easts Tigers into second. Second to fifth is only covered by a solitary point.

The Sunshine Coast Falcons climbed to sixth without playing a game courtesy of the two points for the bye, and they are only two points above 11th placed Norths Devils, showing how open this year’s competition is. And there’s still premiers Ipswich in second last who could easily turn their season around based on Sunday’s win over the Hunters.

It was a great weekend for greater Brisbane sides as well, as all of the competition’s sides based in and around the capital defeated their opponents from up north or the Gold Coast.

 

RESULTS AT A GLANCE

WYNNUM SEAGULLS 50 Central Capras 28
IPSWICH JETS 30 PNG Hunters 12
REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 32 Burleigh Bears 14
EASTS TIGERS 29 Townsville Blackhawks 20
NORTHS DEVILS 46 Tweed Heads Seagulls 18
Northern Pride 18 SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 24

 

DISAPPOINTING CAPRAS SWOOPED BY SEAGULLS

Both sides came in of strong wins but it was the home side that was on a solid streak of four wins who were favourites going into the match. The Capras had come of a tough loss to the Blackhawks followed up by a bruising but satisfying victory over the PNG Hunters and so when the whistle blew time on, this game was up for grabs.

The first half opened with a try off a fumbled bomb and it was the locals leading, the Capras hit back but then the Seagulls found some of their prior form and crossed three times in relatively quick measure. At this stage, the Capras from last year would have been gone, but they are showing some fight in them and it was three tries in seven minutes that led to a locked up scoreboard come the break.

At 22 all it was anyone’s game, and the locals decided to make it theirs. Ogden opened up the scoring on what would be a five try second half for the Seagulls and with a double to Buckett this game was sealed. A late try for Graham was nice for the Capras but the home side was probably already in party mode after a couple of good away wins led up to a much needed home victory.

For the Capras, they will return to face the Redcliffe Dolphins who will be in a confident mood after taking care of the highflying Burleigh Bears. Wynnum Manly have the SC Falcons coming in from their bye round and they will not be giving an inch. I expect their wingers will be catching a lot of high balls given the success the Seagulls had with it in this match.

 

JETS TURBULENCE TEMPORARILY HALTED AFTER BEATING HUNTERS

The Ipswich Jets headed into the big game against the Hunters lying in a lowly second last with a very shabby 6 losses from their last 7 games, but turned it around in style with a 30-12 defeat of the PNG Hunters who are have now lost three of their last four and have subsequently dropped to 5th.

Both sides have been the entertainers of this competition, although not quite so much in 2016 as last year at least. But there was plenty of the tricks that the Jets are famed for in Sunday’s match, the short kick offs including the one that is kicked low and hard at the sideline, and a repeat of my favourite piece of play from last year, where the Jets fielded a kick off after their try and instead of the usual prop hit up, the ball was shifted a few times then booted for the flying Carlin Anderson up the field. If not for a cruel bounce Ipswich would have claims for try of the year already. Like last year, the ballboy did well to avoid the oncoming players.

As for the rest of the game, Ipswich were in control throughout, scoring the first try after a 12 minute arm wrestle, and again in the 26th minute to lead 12-2 at half time. That 2 points from the Hunters was courtesy of a penalty goal from 10 metres out and right in front, whether it was out of respect for the Jets or a lack of confidence in breaking their line.

The Hunters did threaten after Thompson Teteh `scored a try was followed that up a few minutes later by a great run which led to a try to Watson Boas on his return to the side. The trouble was the Ipswich had scored in the minutes in between those tries, and also had the answer to the Hunters. Two more tries in the 67th and just before full time gave the Jets a much deserved and needed victory.

A telling statistic during the second half was the offload count for which Ipswich has six times the offloads, which highlights not only the Jets dominance but the drop off in an area the Hunters were so strong at in past seasons. It was that exciting ball movement that made them a team to watch and the success they have been.

The Jets are possibly out of range for top 6 finish to the season, but given the show they put on today and Wynnum’s turnaround after an even worse start to the season than Ipswich after seven rounds, in addition to how tight the midfield is, you could never say never.

DOLPHINS ENJOYING HOME COMFORTS TO SPOIL BEAR RUN

Redcliffe seem to be enjoying their return to Dolphin Oval as they took an important win over a Burleigh side in top form, and one of their closest competitors to the top rungs of the Intrust super Cup ladder.

After only making their home debut at Dolphin Oval last weekend in Round 11, the Redcliffe side are making up for lost time for the fans, and didn’t waste much time in scoring against Burleigh after crossing just 4 minutes into the match. The Bears did respond to reduce the gap to 6-4, just two tries in reply reasserted the Dolphins lead, and the match was 16-4 at the break.

Burleigh threatened to make a game of it by crossing first in the second half thanks to Titans player Eddy Pettybourne, but as in the first half the Dolphins responded to a Burleigh try with two more of their own to put the game out of reach. Another try a piece in the last minutes didn’t affect the overall result, and the end result leaves Redcliffe just one point from the Bears.

 

TIGERS DOWN BLACKHAWKS IN ‘GAME OF THE YEAR’
See Matt Crowhurst’s report here
FIRST HALF POINTS FRENZY TO THE DEVILS ADVANTAGE GETS VITAL WIN

After being on the receiving of some big losses in the last two weeks, the Devils were able to pour on a pile of first half points and take a much needed win which keeps them in the hunt for a top 6 place as the midfield teams all concertinaed after the completion of Round 12.

That first half points frenzy came after 20 minutes until half time as the Devils scored 4 tries of the 5 tries in that 20 minute period to consolidate the 8-0 lead they already had after an early try. Norths extended their 28-6 half time lead just minutes after the break and cemented the win with two of the next three tries to enjoy a comfortable home win.

It gets a lot harder next week for Norths as they have to travel to Townsville.

 

MAGPIES UPSET PRIDE

The Pride came in off a tough loss to the Burleigh Bears in Atherton, whilst the Falcons were in after their draw with the Magpies. Both sides have had inconsistent seasons and you kind of knew it would take something unconventional to break one of the team’s hearts when it came down to the final whistle.

The Pride have struggled to have the ball bounce their way at home in recent times, but it was not the bounce but quick hands that led to the Falcons opening the score with six on the clock. Jered Allen must be in dance classes as he livened up the crowd with a twinkle-toed effort that finished up under the posts to draw the Pride level. A Pride backline move was neatly intercepted by Marion Seve and he took it 90 metres to give the Falcons a handy half time lead of 6 points.

They extended this lead with a nice finish to a kick by Doyle and with 28 left on the clock they held a 10-point lead. Linc Port gave some hope to the locals as he crossed for the pride and then Khan Ahwang finished off a smother kick to give the Pride the lead with seven minutes left to go. George Fai was the heartbreaker, the powerful forward resisted the efforts of three tacklers to barge and twist his way over from close range to give the Falcons the lead. A late penalty twisted the knife as the Visitors left Barlow Park with the two points and leapfrogged the Pride to add some extra pain to the open wound.

 

The Ladder

Team P W D L B F A +/- Pts
Townsville Blackhawks 12 9 1 2 0 396 193 203 19
Easts Tigers 11 7 1 3 1 309 228 81 17
Burleigh Bears 12 8 1 3 0 342 288 54 17
Redcliffe Dolphins 11 7 0 4 1 298 184 114 16
PNG Hunters 11 7 0 4 1 255 221 34 16
Sunshine Coast Falcons 11 5 1 5 1 221 222 -1 13
Northern Pride 11 5 0 6 1 263 241 22 12
Wynnum Manly Seagulls 11 5 0 6 1 292 295 -3 12
CQ Capras 11 5 0 6 1 244 314 -70 12
Souths Logan Magpies 12 5 1 6 0 299 316 -17 11
Norths Devils 11 4 1 6 1 238 316 -78 11
Tweed Heads Seagulls 11 4 0 7 1 221 318 -97 10
Ipswich Jets 12 4 0 8 0 280 329 -49 8
Mackay Cutters 11 1 0 10 1 216 409 -193 4

 

 

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