Diehards move to the top of the In Safe Hands Cup

The In Safe Hands Cup has a new leader, with Valleys Diehards assuming top spot thanks to a 41-16 win over the Magpies in Round 4.

It was Heritage Round at Emerson Park and the Diehard faithful went home as happy as they would have 40 years ago when Valleys won the 1979 grand final 26-0 over Souths.

Valleys fullback David Fauid was untouchable while Luke Archer and prop Joe McGuire were among the try-scorers with the 2017 premiers simply too good for the Magpies on the day.

With three wins and one loss, they sit on equal points with defending champions Wynnum Manly, with only for-and-against separating them.

Wynnum Manly were also victorious in Round 4, claiming a 20-12 win over the Redcliffe Dolphins in a grand final rematch.

Dynamic playmaker Pat Templeman returned for his first game of 2019 and played as if he hadn’t missed a game.

Like two prized fighters, the Gulls and Dolphins went toe-to-toe in the opening 10 minutes before the Seagulls broke the deadlock.

Templeman, along with fellow Intrust Super Cup regular Salesi Funaki, were both looking to catch the eye of selectors, and it was their combination on the left side that did much of the damage.

After a good carry from another Cup aspirant, Matt Groat, in which it took four ‘Phins to bring him down five metres from the line, the home side’s line defence was in chaos.

Templeman hit Funaki at pace as the big unit stepped off his left to beat the defence and crash over.

Redcliffe threw everything they had at the premiers, but the Seagulls continued to deny them any points.

With 12 minutes left in the first half, Funaki and Templeman were at it again.

Templeman fed Funaki a similar pass close to the line, but this time the big number 11 shimmied off his right for his second try.

‘Won’t you take me to Funaki town’ may have been the Seagulls new anthem as they went to the sheds with a 12-0 lead.

The restart was not what Redcliffe coach Daniel Green would have wanted with the Steeden going out on the full.

A minute later the Seagulls took full advantage of that error and were over on the right side after a powerful run from centre Drendin Sorensen-McGee.

The Dolphins improved from there and stopped the flow of points, but despite some chances were unable to score any of their own.

A penalty goal with 12 minutes to go gave the Seagulls an 18-0 lead, but the green and red wall was finally breached by Dolphins halfback Kyle Foxwell shortly after.

That try gave the Dolphins life, but another penalty goal stretched the lead to 14 and essentially put the game to bed.

A Foxwell grubber to the in-goal got away from Seagulls fullback Shannon Gardiner before it straightened for Regan Baker to score a consolation try, bringing the final score to 20-12.

Finally, the Wests Brisbane Panthers flexed their muscle as they dominated the Tigers at Langlands Park, 34-10.

The Panthers backline clicked into gear with wingers Campbell Mohr and James Olds dancing down the sidelines as they inflicted the Tigers second straight loss.

In Safe Hands Cup Round 4 results

Diehards 41 (Beau Cordtz, Sam Collins, Luke Archer, Jack Miers, Joe McGuire, Joe Bradley, Namila Davui tries; Jack Miers 6 goals, Beau Cordtz a field goal) defeated Magpies 16 (Jerome Vere 2, Willie Malala tries; Josh Bowyer 2 goals)

Seagulls 20 (Salesi Funaki 2, Dredin Sorensen-McGee tries; Pat Templeman 4 goals) defeated Dolphins 12 (Regan Baker, Kyle Foxwell tries; Regan Baker,  Oscar Carter goal)

Panthers 34 (Campbell Mohr, Luke Pollock, James Olds, Khan Ahwang, Mackenzie Reid, Troy Swift tries; Khan Ahwang 5 goals) defeated Tigers 10 (Maxwell Fesolai, Heath Wilson tries; Nathan Brown 1 goal)

Ladder

Pos Team +/- Pts
1 Diehards 57 10
2 Seagulls 40 10
3 Tigers -10 8
4 Panthers -12 8
5 Dolphins -10 6
6 Magpies -65 6