Rested Dolphins look towards winning return
HAVING sat out last weekend with their third bye, the ladder-leading Redcliffe Dolphins will be hoping to extend their considerable lead at the top of the FOGS Cup ladder with a strong performance against the Souths Logan Magpies this weekend.
The Dolphins on nine wins have recorded four more victories this season than their nearest rivals the Wynnum Manly Seagulls.
However, they lost the last game their played – going down to the Jets 24-20 in round 13 – and will be looking to bounce back following the week off.
Their opponents for their round 15 match will come into this weekend’s game with plenty of confidence, having recorded a strong 28-22 win over Easts Tigers in last Saturday’s match at Brandon Park. Prop Simanu Crichton opened his try-scoring account for the season in fine style – scoring a double to get off the mark.
This will be another home game for the Magpies – this time at Davies Park – and the side will be aiming to reverse the result of the two sides’ last meeting, where the Dolphins were able to post a 36-10 win back in round 10.
In other round 14 results in the FOGS Cup, the Ipswich Jets were too good against Carina Tigers in a 40-6 win with David Talavalu, Pat McCallum and Kevin Bell scoring doubles; while Norths Devils and Wynnum Manly Seagulls showed how close the competition is behind the Dolphins in their 20-20 draw.
Easts will have the bye this weekend, while the Jets and the Devils will both look for win number seven when they meet at Bishop Park on Sunday. Carina face Wynnum in what could be a challenging match for the still-developing side.
In FOGS Colts Challenge last weekend, the top-of-the-table clash between Burleigh Bears and Sunshine Coast Falcons lived up to pre-game expectations and ended in a thrilling 16-16 draw.
Souths were pushed all the way in their 32-26 win over the Toowoomba Clydesdales, while Tweed Heads came back from their heavy defeat the weekend before to impress against Ipswich to record 38-20 win. The Devils got a valuable 40-18 victory against Wynnum, with Dwayne Malone crossing for four tries.
Round 17 sees Sunshine Coast host Wynnum, Souths welcome Redcliffe Dolphins, Norths take on Ipswich, Tweed Heads face Burleigh and Toowoomba play Easts.