There was a mix of close encounters and blowouts in Round 8, as Townsville remain undefeated atop the ladder. All that and more in this week’s Hastings Deering Colts wrap.
Norths Devils 52 def. Easts Tigers 10
Norths bounced back from last week’s loss with a 42-point win over Easts, thanks to a dominant second half performance. Norths lead 12-6 at half time with Easts cutting the lead to two shortly after the break through a James Price try. From then on it was all Devils, as they ran in seven second half tries. Fullback Kegan Tuhega and halfback Tom Best both scored doubles in the try fest, as the Devils snapped their two-game losing streak. The win now moves Norths into 5th position on the ladder.
Redcliffe 46 def. Ipswich 22
A strong final 20 minutes saw Redcliffe defeat the winless Jets in Ipswich. A first half double to centre Jake Sparey gave the Dolphins’ a 22-10 half time lead that was quickly lost after the break. Tries to Mike Sau and Blake Lenehan saw Ipswich level the game before the Dolphins took control in the last 20. Redcliffe would run in five second half tries, which included five-eighth Radean Robinson score his second try. The Dolphins are now unbeaten since Round 5, while Ipswich remain in last place.
Sunshine Coast 30 def. Mackay 26
The Sunshine Coast came out on top in a tight contest with the Cutters in Mackay. Cutters’ winger Walter Lauenstein recorded a first half double as the scores were locked at 12-all at the break. A Mackay penalty goal put them two in front after half time as the lead changed hands twice more in the next 10 minutes. Back-to-back tries to Augustus Rangihuna and Caleb Daunt gave the Falcons a some breathing room and 10-point lead. A late try to Cutters’ winger Will Paki wasn’t enough, as the Falcons held onto win.
Souths Logan 19 def. Wynnum Manly 4
Souths Logan extended their winning streak to three and handed Wynnum their first loss of 2018 on Saturday afternoon. The Magpies lead 10-4 at half time and stayed in control of the game in the second half. Fullback BJ Oates scored his second try late in the game to seal the win, while five-eighth Kye Oates added a late field goal. Despite the loss, Wynnum remain in 3rd, while Souths Logan move into 7th.
Burleigh 26 def. CQ Capras 4
A strong first half set up a 22-point win for Burleigh over the Capras in Rockhampton. The Bears opened the scoring early through hooker Brodie Hannon and added two more tries to lead 18-4 at half time. Two second half tries in five minutes to Reece Tapine and Harley Wood sealed the victory for the Bears as they recorded their third successive victory and move into 4th on the ladder. The Capras on the other hand are now on a three game losing streak.
Tweed Heads 32 def. Western Mustangs 28
Tweed Heads ended a three game skid with a four-point victory over 14th placed Mustangs in Beaudesert. Halfback Liam Hampson and winger Aublix Tawha both scored doubles in the Seagulls’ first win since Round 3. In a back and forth encounter, Tweed lead 32-22 with under 10 minutes remaining. Mustangs’ prop Michael Naseri crossed to cut the lead and give his side a shot at victory but the Seagulls held onto for the win. The loss would be the Mustangs fifth straight.
Townsville 34 def. Victoria 12
Townsville remain undefeated and on top of the ladder thanks to a 22-point win over the Thunderbolts in Victoria. The Blackhawks lead 16-0 at the break and extended their lead to 26 with second half tries to Jake Riley and Lachlan La Rosa. The Thunderbolts hit back quick tries in succession to Jordin Leiu and Junior Ratuva before a second to Riley late in the game put the Blackhawks’ lead beyond doubt. After a four-game winning streak to start the year, the Thunderbolts are now on a three-game losing streak.
Northern Pride – BYE