Perese stars for Dolphins in huge win over Capras

The people of Redcliffe turned Dolphin Stadium pink as part of the Intrust Super Cup celebration of Women in League.

The Dolphins named Norfolk Island native William Partridge for his first grade debut making him Dolphin #765.

Despite the inclusion of Broncos Rhys Kennedy and Izaia Perese after his cameo for the Broncos on Friday night, it was a poor start from the home side.

It was a willing start from the Capras who had the Dolphins camped in their own 20 metres for much of the opening 15 minutes.

However, on the back of a penalty, it was the Dolphins who opened the scoring when prop forward Jordan Grant sprinted away 40 metres to score.

Poor discipline and handling errors plagued the defending premiers during the opening half of the match.

Twenty-year-old winger Justice Utatao scored next for the Dolphins as the they worked their way into the game. 

A professional foul saw Capra Sione Veukiso sent to the sin bin and the Dolphins made the visitors pay when Perese crossed out wide.

A Tyson Gamble conversion saw the Dolphins take a 16-0 lead into the break.

The home side came out of the blocks firing in the second half with Perese crossing for his second try of the match just two minutes in to the second half. 

It was all one way traffic for the Dolphins as they ran in a further three tries through Taylor Brown, Aaron Whitchruch and Cory Paix for his second try of the match. 

Capras finally got on the board when George Grant crossed for a try in the 64th minute. 

Eight minutes later, Perese crossed for his third try of the match, and his 10th for the season. 

Nick Brown put the icing on the cake for Redcliffe when he crashed over for a try in the 79th minute.

After the game, coach Adam Mogg was happy with his sides second half effort and said he was proud to give William Partridge his debut.

“Will has been with our club for a while now and had overcome a lot injuries to earn his spot," Mogg said. 

However, he saved his biggest praise for Perese who chose to backup after his stint with the Broncos.

“I think it says a lot about Izzy and our footy club that he wanted to play tonight, it would’ve been easy for him to celebrate his NRL debut, but he chose not to and wanted to play tonight, I gave him the option not to.”

Despite the big result, Mogg said his team would have to improve going forward and would need to better for the whole 80 minutes if they were going cause a dent in the semi finals.

Next week, the Dolphins will head to PNG to take on the Hunters.

Match: Hunters v Dolphins

Round 22 -

Full Time
Hunters

Home Team

Hunters

Scored 0 points
Dolphins

Away Team

Dolphins

Scored 46 points

Venue: Oil Search National Football Stadium, Port Moresby

The Capras will take on the fifth-placed Norths Devils at Bishop Park.