Jonus notches double as Dolphins triumph
Three converted tries in the final 15 minutes has allowed Redcliffe to blow out to a 38-10 victory over Mackay in the Intrust Super Cup.
While the Dolphins had the upper hand throughout, it was only a flurry in the final moments that put the result beyond doubt.
Indeed at 20-10 with 30 minutes left in the contest, the game was still there for Mackay to win.
However, Jonus Pearson found the tryline twice down the closing stretch for a nice confidence booster after being in and out of the Brisbane Broncos NRL squad through the opening two months.
He was part of a big and powerful backline, with Kotoni Staggs and Scott Schulte - both more than capable of playing in the forwards - lining up in the centres, and in-form Tony Tumusa at fullback.
The first of his tries came off a spilled ball on a genuine Cutters' attacking chance while the game hung the balance, while his second came off a freakish length-of-the-field kick-and-chase from the back of a scrum win that caught the hosts off guard.
Mackay pounced first via Yambie Bowie in the 18th minute, with Redcliffe not finding the tryline until Jamil Hopoate crossed in the 26th.
Yet Redcliffe snuck another past in the 32nd minute and took a 12-6 advantage into halftime.
Deadeye kicker Staggs had his radar working perfectly throughout, potting all six conversions and adding a penalty in a perfect seven-from-seven strike rate.
Another young gun to enjoy a night out was pint-sized Trai Fuller, making just his second appearance in the Dolphins top squad this year.
The Eidsvold speedster notched the final try of the game just seconds after coming on to the field in jersey number 25.
Fuller was last year part of the Dolphins team that went undefeated through the FOGS Under 20s competition, scoring two tries in the grand final.
In this year's Intrust Super Cup standings, Redcliffe has now won its past five games after starting the season with successive losses.
They are now pressuring the leaders at the head of the ladder, but have a stern test with an away game at Ipswich looming next Saturday.
Mackay crashed back to earth after a spirited win over the Jets last week, and are now sitting at two wins and five losses after seven rounds.
Defence will be a concern, having conceded close to 30 points per game on average.
Next week Mackay hosts Tweed Heads in the televised Channel 9 (QLD) game, kicking off at 1.10pm on Saturday.
REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 38 (Jonus Pearson 2, Jamil Hopoate, Cameron Cullen, Scott Shulte, Trai Fuller tries; Kotoni Staggs 7 goals) def MACKAY CUTTERS 10 (Yamba Bowie, Nathan Saumalu tries; Yamba Bowie goal) at BB Print Stadium, Mackay.