Dolphins hoping to continue their strong defence efforts
The Redcliffe Dolphins are hoping to draw on their newly-found defensive resolve when they meet the Toowoomba Clydesdales on Sunday.
The defence from the Dolphins was spectacular last week in a convincing 52-6 victory over Ipswich.
Coach Michael Roberts said his boys controlled the game well and will be looking to carry that momentum forward into their Round 17 FOGS Colts Challenge match.
Ahead of the weekend, the focus at training this week has again been defence.
“We are looking for more consistency in our defence and hoping to keep teams to single figures,” he said.
“Our defence in the season has not been that great, we have let in too many points. But because of our attack we have been able to win games.
“Points come pretty easy in the FOGs Colts competition, but keeping teams to low points is where you are going to win games.
“With the semi-finals approaching you have to execute your attack.”
After 16 rounds the Dolphins sit in second place and Roberts paid tribute to his whole team for playing together. However, one standout player was five-eighth Tyson Gamble who has impressed with his form this year.
“Across the board the boys have been good and all the players have been lifting each week,” Roberts said.
“Tyson Gamble is definitely one of our key players. He has been scoring a lot of points and is playing really well.
“He has been training with first grade (but) hasn’t played in first grade yet. He has improved so much this year and he will be close to getting picked.”
The Dolphins, who have only had three losses this season, are aiming for their fifth win in a row.
The match between Redcliffe and Toowoomba kicks offs at 10.15am.
Round 17 will kick off on Saturday with one game between the Sunshine Coast Falcons and Souths Logan Magpies.
Sunday sees the Ipswich Jets host the Easts Tigers and the Norths Devils playing Wynnum Manly Seagulls at Bishop Park.
Coast teams the Tweed Heads Seagulls and Burleigh Bears both have byes this week.