It was a split round in Round 9 with just five games on the menu, but there was an upset, a change at the top the table and a number of close contests. All that and more in this week’s Hastings Deering Colts wrap.
Norths Devils 36 def. Mackay 20
Norths overcame an early deficit to defeat Mackay and record their second straight victory. Mackay got out to an early 8-0 lead with tries to wingers Will Paki and Walter Lauenstein before Norths got on the board thanks to centre Kegan Tuhega. Three tries in the 10 minutes after half time gave the Devils a 16-point lead that Mackay would soon cut to four with two tries in three minutes. A Joe McGuire try pushed Norths’ lead to 10, with Eddie Blacker scoring his second to seal the win in the 67th minute.
Burleigh 20 def. Townsville 6
Burleigh made the trip north to Townsville and handed the Blackhawks their first loss of the season. The two sides couldn’t be split in the first half, with the scores locked at 6-all heading into the break. Two penalty goals gave the Bears a four point lead with just under 30 minutes to play, before a Taine Tuaupiki try pushed the lead to 10. Five minutes later, centre Mikey Williams scored his fourth try of the season to seal victory for his side. The win moves Burleigh into 3rd spot, while Townsville drop to 2nd.
Northern Pride 28 def. Wynnum Manly 24
The Pride remained unbeaten and moved to the top of the ladder after defeating Wynnum Manly in their rescheduled Round 1 fixture. Wynnum burst out of the gate with three tries to lead 18-0 after 16 minutes but the Pride pegged back two tries before the break to trail by eight. They cut the lead to two shortly after half time when Terrence Casey-Douglas scored before Wynnum extended their lead to eight again, thanks to a Brad Spicer try. The Pride finally took the lead in the 64th minute when winger Lui Lockington scored, with a Jack Campagnolo penalty goal in the final minute icing the game.
CQ Capras 30 def. Sunshine Coast 28
Central Queensland snapped their three-game losing streak after defeating the Sunshine Coast in a back-and-forth affair. The Falcons lead 18-16 heading into the break after a first half which saw four lead changes, three in the first 15 minutes. Capras retook the lead 10 minutes after half time through Eli Noovao before a double to Falcons’ five-eighth Riley Moore put his side eight points ahead. Charlice Atoi scored to get the Carpas within four to set up a grandstand finish, with prop Zantana Tupuono-Pomare scoring the match winning try, his second of the game, with three minutes to play.
Souths Logan 34 def. Easts Tigers 22
Souths Logan held off a spirited Easts Tigers comeback to record their fourth straight victory. The Magpies got off to a hot start, leading 24-0 after 19 minutes, which included a double to winger Ashton Watson. Easts scored twice before the break and then again after half time to trail by just eight. Souths Logan returned to serve with a try to Thane Kellermeyer before Easts gave themselves a chance late when five-eighth Nathan Brown scored his second. That chance was ended though, when Magpies second rower Clayton Mack crossed in the final minute to secure the competition points.
TEAMS – BYE
|Top try scorers||Top point scorers|
|8 Eli Noovao (CQ Capras)||73 Kye Oates (Souths Logan)|
|8 Jayden O’Shannessy (Mackay)||62 Jack Campagnolo (Nthn Pride)|
|8 Junior Ratuva (Victoria)||60 Shannon Gardiner (Wynnum)|
|7 Eddie Blacker (Norths)||54 Augustus Rangihuna (SC Falcons)|
|6 Corey Alexander (Burleigh)||48 Gerome Burns (Norths)|
|6 Liam Hampson (Tweed Heads)||48 Oscar Carter (Redcliffe)|
|6 Riley Moore (Sunshine Coast)||46 Jack White (CQ Capras)|
|6 Rueben Olive (Sunshine Coast)||42 Michael McGrath (Norths)|
|6 Ashton Watson (Souths Logan)||40 Adam Cook (Townsville)|
|5 Sam Armstrong (Redcliffe)||34 Nathan Brown (Easts)|
Saturday, May 12
Tweed Heads Seagulls v Ipswich Jets – Piggabeen Sports Complex, 12pm
Redcliffe Dolphins v Northern Pride – Dolphin Stadium, 3pm
Western Mustangs v Mackay Cutters – Gold Park, 3pm
Sunday, May 13
Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Victoria Thunderbolts – BMD Kougari Oval, 11:45am
Burleigh, CQ Capras, Easts, Norths, Souths Logan, Sunshine Coast, Townsville – BYE