Redcliffe win BRL pre-season silverware
Redcliffe have taken out back-to-back Struddy's Sports Brisbane Rugby League pre-season titles with a committed defensive effort earning a 36-8 victory over Easts.
The Dolphins were undefeated heading into the decider and clicked into gear in the second half following an error-riddled first forty.
Ahead 12-4 at the break, the halftime message from Redcliffe coach Daniel Green was ''play straight'
"We tried to play on their edges but we were getting the results by playing quick on them. Their bigger guys were tiring, and we wanted our nine to get out of dummy half," he explained.
"And the guys reacted to the game plan and got rewards."
An intercept try to Kyle van Klaveran and supporting run from forward Tyson Cleal saw the Dolphins stretch their lead to 24-4 early in the second half.
Easts mustered a mini-revival when Foisa Peni crashed over with twenty minutes to play, but it was quickly snuffed out when Ash Harawira scored from a short ball.
Dolphins' halfback Tyson Gamble claimed official Man of the Match honours but Green paid tribute to Logan Harris, who was a late inclusion at hooker for Hayden Hansen.
"It was his first game for the year and he played the full 80 minutes which was a fantastic effort."
A fit and healthy roster at the club means Green will implement a rotation policy, giving players from his extended squad a game at least every three weeks.
"There's two spots on the bench we're going to use, there'd be five or six guys missing out I'll rotate through. You don't want blokes not getting a reward for their work in the pre-season," he said.
Redcliffe meet defending premiers Ipswich at Southpine Sports Complex in round one.
It took a late try to elusive fullback Ono So'Oialo for the Jets to break a 30-all deadlock with Valleys Diehards in the third v fourth playoff.
REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 36 (Kyle van Klaveren 2, Ashley Harawira, Jayden Best, Dan Randall, Tyson Cleal tries; Tyson Gamble 6 goals) def EASTS TIGERS 8 (Jacob Paul, Foisa Peni tries) at Emerson Park No. 1, Grange.
NORMANBY HOUNDS 30 (Joe Henderson, Mitchell Hallinan, Luke Archer, Jack Walters, Daniel Russell, Anthony Seeto tries; Jacob Thomas 3 goals) def CARINA 20 (Ben Lanskey 2, Braeden Leahy, Steve Tyrrell tries; Matt Craven 2 goals) at Emerson Park No. 2, Grange.
LOGAN BROTHERS 30 (Tim Brooks, Codey Kennedy, Terry Kepu, Jake Eden, Elliott Boyle tries; Ben Jackson 5 goals) def GATERS 22 (Dwayne Duncan 2, Adam Wickins, Tyler Jones tries; Josh Cattell 3 goals) at Emerson Park No. 1, Grange.
WYNNUM MANLY REDLAND CITY SEAGULLS 28 (Tyson Brooks, Dan Wallace, Te Carew, Brad Mana, Ben Davis tries; Tyson Brooks 4 goals) def WEST BRISBANE PANTHERS 24 (Jack Makin, Luke Pollock, Michael Rasmussen, Rogan Dean tries; Luke Pollock 4 goals) at Emerson Park No. 2, Grange.
IPSWICH JETS 36 (Ono So’Oialo 2, Josh Damen, Mikaere Beattie, Mitch Koina, Hugh Sedger tries; Mikaere Beattie 6 goals) def VALLEYS DIEHARDS 30 (Arthur Brown, Andrew Lancaster, Jeremiah Lale, Tristan Lumley, Paul Steele, Liam Herrington tries; Arthur Brown 2, Andrew Lancaster goals) at Emerson Park No. 1, Grange.