A number of Intrust Super Cup clubs were in action this past weekend; looking to find their right combinations during trial matches held in the lead-up to the 2019 season.
The Souths Logan Magpies ventured to Warwick to take on a fresh-faced Brisbane side – but the young Broncos proved far too strong in the hit-out.
The CQ Capras and Wynnum Manly Seagulls also went regional and travelled to Bundaberg for their trial.
Approximately 400 people witnessed the Capras come out on top in a close one 34-32.
However, they had to overcome a horror start after they dropped the ball from the kick-off to allow the Seagulls to score on the first play.
As expected for a trial, overall it was a scrappy game that featured plenty of dropped ball.
There was however no shirking of effort and there were many hard-hitting and heavy tackles, so both team coaches would’ve been happy with the contact.
Billy Gilbert was a standout for the Capras in the early part of the game; while former Capra Matt Groat dominated as well in the opening stages.
For the Seagulls, Pat Templeman was strong at halfback with a dominant and directing performance, while Mitch Cronin showed good awareness out of dummy half for Wynnum Manly.
Elsewhere – the Sunshine Coast Falcons outgunned the Ipswich Jets to the tune of 48-0 on Saturday after racing to a 24-0 lead at halftime, with recruit Nicho Hynes impressing onlookers with his performance.
Unfortunately, the lights went out at Bishop Park before fulltime in the match between the Norths Devils and Redcliffe Dolphins, resulting in a 12-12 score in their match.
Up north, the Northern Pride survived a late scare from the Cairns Foley Shield team in their match at Mossman Showgrounds to record an 18-12 win, with centre Shawn Bowen crossing for a try in front of his home crowd.
The Pride led 14-2 at halftime and young side were forced to work hard for their eventual win.
At Langlands Park, the home side were too strong for the Bears, with the Easts Tigers claiming a 24-4 win.
After the game however, Burleigh coach Jim Lenihan was not too displeased with the result and told Bears Media he was happy to give his depth players “ a lot of game time”.
It was the first time in Burleigh colours for front rowers Jacob Hind and Oliver Percy, while former Colt Jordan Scott was back for his first hit out of the season.
- More clubs are in action this weekend in trial matches across the state. Keep track of the dates, venues and times >> 2019 trial match info