Round 19 in the Hastings Deering Colts will resume this weekend with the second week of matches. The split round saw three games played last weekend, with the remaining four to be completed this week.
In the Week 1 matches, Norths Devils, Souths Logan Magpies and the Mackay Cutters posted wins.
Match: Tigers v WM Seagulls
Round 19 -
Venue: Langlands Park, Brisbane
Old Brisbane Rugby League rivals the Tigers and Seagulls go head-to-head this week. The Seagulls are aiming to maintain their top four spot, while the Tigers will want to make sure the logjam at the bottom of the eight does not get much tighter for them.
Wynnum played the Dolphins before the break and won 34-22; competing with only 42 per cent of the ball, somehow scoring seven tries.
Reece Hoffman was the chief destroyer with 14 points from two tries and three goals.
The Tigers had a draw against the Jets wtih Solomona Faataape scoring two tries just after halftime.
Easts will be chasing better execution of skills when they have the ball this week to make sure they capitalise on that possession.
Tigers coach Ben King was still ruing the missed chance against the Jets.
“We let in 26 points and that’s just not the effort we are after in defence,” King said.
“The Jets exposed us a bit and we will be working on that this week. Luke Self has been excellent for us and is developing in to a leader.
“We will be on high alert for Wynnum and Clayton Mack and the room he creates for Jake Simpkin.”
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Match: Blackhawks v Mustangs
Round 19 -
Venue: Jack Manski Oval, Townsville
The Blackhawks were in scary form against the Pride, crossing for six tries before halftime.
Adam Cook was in amongst the points with a try and eight goals.
The Blackhawks had the better of the possession and made 130 runs compared to 86. Townsville have a massive points differential of 302, so the Bears and Wynnum cannot afford to let them finish equal on competition points.
The Mustangs were full of hope against the Devils, but it all was too much against a red-hot Falcons where they let in six tries before halftime, a led which was impossible to peg back.
The Mustangs will be hoping after to get back to their best form which saw them competing and winning.
Match: Falcons v Capras
Round 19 -
Venue: Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sunshine Coast
Tom Dwan and Jack Wright were key factors in a big win for the Falcons last round. Dwan scored three tries, while Wright kicked seven goals and scored a try.
The Falcons ran 1675 meters and made 12 line breaks to produce great attacking football.
Like a lot of Hastings Deering Colts teams, the Capras need to nail their starts against the Falcons or it could be trouble. The Capras did not score until nearly halftime in their last game.
The Capras defence will be aiming for greater contact after falling down against the Cutters.
Sunshine Coast coach Sam Mawhinney has the task of making sure the his Falcons don’t get too carried away with their last big win.
“We pride ourselves on defence and we let in three tries late so despite the big win that is my focus this week,” Mawhinney said.
“Jack Wright was very strong for us and Johnny McLaughlin as well.
“Trent Loiero made his Intrust Super Cup debut too, going up from our Colts team and that’s a real achievement for him.”
Match: Bears v Dolphins
Round 19 -
Venue: Pizzey Park, Gold Coast
The Bears are still top of the charts and playing like Guns and Roses. The Bears have scored a massive 503 points this year with another 44 added last game.
What would please the Bears is the fact they did it with 47 per cent of the ball.
The Bears are safe in the top four, but now, it is all about momentum and taking form in to the finals.
In their last game, the Dolphins were behind 18-6 at halftime, but they did lots of things right. However, allowing 10 line breaks to Wynnum was not part of the plan.
The Dolphins will be trying to make better use of pressure. In their last match, they produced three line dropouts which gave them repeat sets, but they didn’t capitalise on that chance.