The Redcliffe Dolphins moved to the top of the Intrust Super Cup ladder following a 28-22 win over Easts Tigers at Suzuki Stadium, Langlands Park yesterday.
While it was an even first half where both sides went into the break 12-12; the Tigers battled a poor completion rate of just 50% in the half to kept their opponents in the contest.
Their error count eventually caught up to them as the Dolphins scored the first three tries of the second half to run away with the win.
The first came from five-eighth Zach Strasser early in the half, while winger Jonus Pearson, who was strong for his side all day, secured a double, including one 70m effort.
Jeremy Hawkins scored a try in the 79th minute as he continued to build on his solid return from a hamstring injury.
Promising half Brodie Croft also crossed the line and kicked two conversions.
“We just have to take it week by week, the effort was there,” Easts coach Scott Sipple said.
“We need to go out against Wynnum (Manly) with the same intensity and execute a little better.
“That was the difference between us and Redcliffe, they just had the polish on the end of their sets and held the ball at crucial times.
“If we can do that against Wynnum this week we will get the lollies for sure.”
For the Dolphins, the win pushed them up to the top of the top of the ladder with Burleigh becoming the latest team to go down to the Hunters in PNG.
However, coach Adam Mogg would not have been please with their ending to the game, letting in two late tries.
REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 28 (Jonus Pearson 2, Darren Nicholls, Tyson Cleal, Zach Strasser tries; Darren Nicholls 4 goals) def EASTS TIGERS 22 (Whetu Austin, Mathew Pitman, Brodie Croft, Jeremy Hawkins tries; Brodie Croft 3 goals) at Suzuki Stadium, Langlands Park.
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