If the local fans turned up to Alec Inch Oval looking for an entertaining match during Round 20 of Intrust Super Cup Country week they were certainly in luck. In a match where the total points amassed by both teams was 86, a try was scored about every 4.5 minutes.
The Townsville and Districts Mendi Blackhawks were the orchestrators of most of those points in a huge 74-12 win over the CQ Capras on Saturday afternoon in Mount Isa.
The Mendi Blackhawks welcomed back Jahrome Hughes from injury and Ray Thompson from NRL duties to put together one of the strongest teams they have had available in a long time. It proved to be a winning formula as Thompson put in a massive performance to help the Blackhawks get back into the winner’s column.
Coming off an unlucky loss in Round 19, the Capras started with confidence, scoring the first try before the Blackhawks put them to the sword, scoring seven tries before the break.
The Capras were more competitive in the second half but the game was already well beyond their grasp.
In the second biggest win in the Blackhawks short history there was a hat- trick to Rhyse Martin and doubles to Moses Pangai and Conor Carey.
Normanton’s Davin Crampton scoring his maiden try just before half time had the parochial crowd on their feet. The huge cheer rivalled the one fan-favourite Matty Bowen received when he crossed for a try 10 minutes earlier.
Tries were also awarded to Delouise Hoeter, Willie Minoga, Michael Parker-Walshe and Thompson in the 13 tries to 3 win.
Coach Kristian Woolf said: “Our attack was outstanding on the back of a halves combination that looked to really enjoy playing together again.
“Everyone really enjoyed the whole country experience of getting to Mount Isa and the unique atmosphere that playing in the country provides.
“The important thing for us is to back up that performance with some consistency in the coming weeks.”
TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS 74 (Rhyse Martin 3, Moses Pangai 2, Conor Carey 2, Matt Bowen, Davin Crampton, Ray Thompson, Michael Parker-Walshe, Delouise Hoeter, Willie Minoga tries; Matt Bowen 7, Corey Jensen 4 goals) def CQ CAPRAS 12 (Junior Kirisome, Reece Baker, Chanel Seigafo tries) at Alec Inch Oval, Mount Isa.