A big weekend for upsets and other interesting results for the Intrust Super Cup Round 7 this weekend, and some of the teams towards the bottom of the Intrust Super Cup had important wins that may be just timely enough to get their 2017 season back on track.
At the top the two sides that share a Melbourne Storm feeder arrangement also share the competition lead. They both overtake Redcliffe who were narrowly beaten by the Hunters at home, who moved onto 10 points with their opponents.
The big results of the weekend saw both of the Gold Coast sides upset high flying teams away from home providing Burleigh with their second win of the season and Tweed Heads their first.
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The upsets started on Saturday with both northern Queensland teams being beaten by sides who arrived with just one win for 2017 so far.
The first upset of the weekend was at Jack Manski Oval in the first game as the Burleigh Bears beat the Townsville Blackhawks 20-18. In the end a penalty for Burleigh just before half time proved the difference as both sides scored three converted tries each. The teams traded tries and the lead in the first half, but the penalty goal for the Bears gave them the half time 14-12 lead and a try just after the break gave them a lead they held onto.
The weekend’s second match in Cairns provided a second surprising result as the Ipswich Jets defeated the Northern Pride 24-10. The Jets put a try on within two minutes, and when they doubled up not long after they had a lead they weren’t to relinquish for the rest of the evening. Two tries after half time including a second for Nat Neale gave Ipswich a 24-4 lead by the 52nd minute, and the only other score was a Northern Pride reply five minutes later. The result sees both teams level on two wins and five losses.
The big game of the weekend was the TV game and was a tight affair as usual as the Easts Tigers beat the Wynnum Seagulls 19-11. The home side scored three tries to one, but nothing in the first half as Wynnum took a 9-0 lead to the break. The Seagulls added just a penalty goal after the break as the Tigers stormed home with three tries, but it needed a late field goal and a later penalty goals to seal the result.
A dark horse for the premiership has emerged from Davies Park as the Souths Logan Magpies beat the Mackay Cutters 42 – 24 in a neat reversal of the scores. The Magpies had to come from behind at half time as they turned the 14-12 deficit around with five tries to one in the second 40 minutes. Although two of those were in the last five minutes to boost the final winning margin. It is the third straight week Souths Logan have scored more than 40 points, and they now have won four on the trot.
Port Moresby saw yet another tight affair between two sides that are fancied for the premiership in 2017 – and the PNG Hunters got the upper hand against the Redcliffe Dolphins this time with a 12-10 win. A 46th minute penalty for the Hunters in the 46th proved the difference as both sides scored one try in each half, and converted just one of the tries.
Sunshine Coast beat the Central Capras 38-14 on Sunday afternoon, and with the two points and good margin took the competition lead in the intrust Super Cup. The Falcons scored seven tries to three and took a comfortable half time lead after scoring four tries to one, the first of which came in the first minute. The Capras threatened to make it more interesting with two tries just after half time to get within 6 points, and that remained the margin until the 69th minute when the Falcons scored three tries in seven minutes to seal the game.
Tweed Heads Seagulls upset the Norths Devils to bookend the upsets for the weekend for the Gold Coast sides. The win was the Seagulls first of the season, but the game was in the balance throughout, and a 74th minute converted try and 79th minute penalty goal sealed a rare two points for the Seagulls. The Devils led 22-16 at half time and led again with a quarter of the game to go, but the late scores from Tweed Heads saw them suffer a second straight loss.
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