Finals time fast approaching as teams aim for top-two finish
WITH two more rounds left to impress before the Cyril Connell Cup and Mal Meninga Cup finals – teams across the state will be eager to establish some winning form.
All teams will be aiming to be there on the weekend of May 2-3 for the state finals.
The finals series will begin on the weekend of April 25-26 with the top two sides from each pool progressing.
In the Meninga Cup – the early pace has been set by the Easts Tigers and the Norths Devils in the Pool A division, while perennial strong performers the Townsville Stingers are again proving to be the team to beat in Pool B.
The Tigers are unbeaten so far and also have two of the competition’s leading try scorers in their side with Hayden O’Hara (six tries) and Brodie Croft (five tries) sitting in third and fourth place respectively on the ladder.
O’Hara was one of seven try scorers for the Tigers last weekend in their 42-20 win over Gold Coast White last weekend. Norths also scored 42 points in their win over the Dolphins, who were only able to score six points against the strong Devils side.
The Stingers kept their unbeaten run in Pool B intact with a 30-22 win over the second-placed Capras last Saturday with Kayln Ponga booting five goals in the five tries to four victory.
In the Cyril Connell Cup, the unbeaten Gold Coast White and Souths Logan Magpies sit on top of the Pool A ladder, with both teams continuing to build with strong round 5 victories.
White were far too good for an Easts Tigers side who were also undefeated going into the match, with the Coast side running in 11 tries in their 62-6 win.
Both Jeremy Miller and Ben Thomas scored doubles; while David Fifita and Albert Liki also crossed for two tries each in the Magpies’ 56-0 win over Wynnum Manly.
Liki also kicked six goals to bring his point-scoring total so far to 42, equal second with Jacob Fairfield (Gold Cost White) behind leader Thomas McCagh (Townsville Stingers) with 48 points.
Pool B is equally as tight with the Sunshine Coast and Stingers equal on 10 points with four wins from four games and a bye.
The Falcons had the weekend off last week and will host the Capras this Sunday, while Townsville are coming off a 34-8 win over the Central Queensland side and will this weekend travel to Mackay to take on the Cutters.