The Redcliffe Dolphins put in another imposing performance to record their third win in a row following their 40-18 result over the Mackay Cutters at Dolphin Oval yesterday.
The home side got off to an ideal start and held a halftime lead of 24-6 which proved to be too much of a daunting task for the Cutters to overcome.
Redcliffe’s defensive effort throughout the match was impressive and their win over the sixth placed Cutters is bound to fill them with confidence going into the final weeks of the competition.
Captain Luke Capewell had another fantastic game with the boot, kicking six goals to guarantee his team the two points this weekend.
Coach Troy Lindsay said he wanted his team to keep up their attack and continue with their defence.
“I was pretty happy with our first 20-25 minutes, we got away to a good start. We attacked really well and had great ball control,” Lindsay said.
“I was a bit disappointed with the boys letting the Cutters in, also how they got in front dummy half. But that is something we can work on for this weekend.
“The Cutters missed Cameron Cullen (who withdrew from the match due to personal reasons) a bit and you saw that with their plays. We played really good footy and I think that shocked them a bit.”
With a great defensive effort again this weekend, Lindsay said he was pleased with the boys’ performance so close to the finals.
“Our defense has been great these last few weeks and is what we have been really concentrating on.”
While Anthony Cherrington picked up the XXXX man of the match award for his performance, Lindsay said he was pleased with the entire team’s efforts across the board and was hoping the momentum gained in recent weeks would help get them closer to that top six.
“It is another two points and edging closer to the top six. I’m hoping we can keep this up against the Wynnum Seagulls this weekend,” Lindsay said.
“Our halves were particularly good this weekend. But it was an all round team performance, everyone has been doing their little jobs right and doing them quite well.”
REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 40 (Josh Beehag, Tom Opacic, John Brady, Darcy Etrich, Nick Ritter, Harley Aiono, Aaron Whitchurch tries; Luke Capewell 6 goals) def MACKAY CUTTERS 18 (Josh Chudleigh 2, Aleki Falepaini tries; Liam Taylor 3 goals) at Dolphin Oval.
Redcliffe Dolphins: 1. Josh Beehag 2. Marlon Doak 3. Tom Opacic 4. Josh Rudolph 5. Curtis Johnston 6. John Brady 7. Luke Capewell (c) 8. Charlie Faingaa 9. Darcy Etrich 10. Jon Green 11. Nick Ritter 12. Anthony Cherrington 13. Trent Richardson 14. Hayden Hansen 15. Tyson Cleal 16. Harley Aiono 21. Aaron Whitchurch
Mackay Cutters: 1. Sam Clune 2. Blake Atherton 3. Ben Jones 4. Justin Tavae 5. Zack Walker 6. Rex Johnson 7. Liam Taylor 8. Brad Lupi 9. Josh Chudleigh 17. Sam Hoare 11. Brenden Treston 12. Tyson Martin 13. Chris Gesch (c) 14. Aleki Falepaini 10. Steve Rapira 15. Joss Boyton 19. Braden Uele