Hastings Deering Colts Round 15 preview

Round 15 of the Hastings Deering Colts will kick off on Saturday after last weekend’s bye for the representative round of matches.

The first match of the round will see the Tigers hosing traditional Brisbane adversaries the Devils.

The Tigers are currently in ninth and would welcome a win over their north side rivals. The Devils have won their past two games in a row, while Easts are coming off a massive win over top of the table Bears.

This clash see the Tweed Seagulls, who are in sixth position, flying north to Townsville to come up against the third-placed Blackhawks in what could be the game of the round.

When they met in Round 2, the Blackhawks came away with the 24-12 win at the Coast.

Tweed have won their past three games and Seagulls coach Matt King will head to Townsville full of confidence in what his team can do on the trip away.

“When we last met the result was probably a good read of where we were as a team, but I think we have improved since that game,” King said.

“Our halves Kobe Whalan and Tahne Robinson are taking ownership of our sets and ending them with a positive.

“(At the) start of the year maybe we got a bit too excited and impatient.”

Redcliffe will not be going too far to come up against the Falcons this round. The Falcons are clinging to eighth spot and will not be giving that up without some serious fight.

While they haven’t had the best of results, Redcliffe are a proud club with a proud Colts tradition.

Redcliffe coach Andrew Wynyard was sure of what he wanted to see from his team this week.

“The last two weeks have been full of positives for us, we are concentrating on the basics and doing those really well,” Wynyard said.

“We haven’t had the same spine for two weeks in a row, so that’s hard for young guys.

“We will just keep developing and moving forward playing good football.”

After the two-week break, the Seagulls will be at home to the Capras. The Seagulls had a win over the Jets before the bye, while the Capras had a win over the Pride.

A trip to BMD Kougari Oval in the wet will sort out the Carpas who have been in a good form; winning their last two games.

Wynnum are in second spot and will welcome back Queensland Under 18 hooker Jake Simpkins from injury.

The top-of-the-table Burleigh lost last round to the Tigers, so the Jets may be worried that Easts have stirred up the bear.

The Gold Coast side have only lost two games all year, while the Jets are at the opposite end of the table and only won one game so far this season.

In their last round game, the Jets went to Wynnum and lost 36-18. This week in Ipswich, it may yet be another wet affair.

The Northern Pride are in fourth spot on the ladder and coming off a loss to the Capras. The Pride have Norths and Tweed one point behind them on the ladder, so cannot afford to drop games.

 The Mustangs have been battling away and only have the one win to show for their efforts so far this season; a victory in Round 9.

When the Pride and Mustangs clashed in Round 2, it was a big win to the Pride 54-8.

The Cutters will travel to a set-to-be-wet Davies Park to take on the Magpies. The Cutters are in seventh spot and in that log-jam of teams that can finish anywhere from eighth to second on the ladder.

The Magpies are in 11th, but with a few wins in a row, they could move up there very quickly.

Souths coach Shayne Boyd reflected on the Magpies position.

“This is a really important game for us, they are above us and it’s a chance to just keep moving forward,” Boyd said.

“A win here and then a few more in a row sets the second half of the year up.

“Our fullback Creedence Toia has come up from our (Auswide Bank) Mal Meninga Cup side and has been really safe and dependable at the back.”