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Statewide score wrap: Carina make a roar

Carina Tigers have been uncaged in the In Safe Hands Cup, making a roaring statement that they are a team to be reckoned with in Brisbane's top flight competition.

With many punters thinking this year's premiers had to be one the 'big three', the Tigers have had a point to prove and put the competition on notice with a 26-18 upset win over West Brisbane Panthers on their own turf.

There was also a huge upset on the Gold Coast as competition frontrunners Burleigh were pipped at the post by Mudgeeraba, as were Mackay Brothers, who were outclassed by a determined Souths Sharks.

In Safe Hands Cup - Brisbane

Zak Taibi's boot proved the difference in the battle of the cats, with both teams scoring four tries each. Intrust Super Cup stars Linc Port, Jarrod Tuite and Jack Svendsen all crossed the line for a four-pointer; while doubles to both Brandon Downey and Kyle Van Klaveren weren't enough to get the mud and bloods home.

The win sees Carina draw level with Wests on the ladder with four rounds to play.

Jarrod Tuite in action for Carina. Photo: Vanessa Hafner
Jarrod Tuite in action for Carina. Photo: Vanessa Hafner

Valleys know how to put their foot down in the second 40; this week putting Normanby to the sword in the final half by scoring five tries to one.

Hat-tricks to Jayden Corrigan and Jared Chambers helped the Diehards fly away against the Hounds, who now face the ladder-leading Seagulls in a mouth-watering match-up on Saturday.

Even though Wynnum Manly were wary of Brighton's grit and determination when they faced each other in the battle of the birds, the competition's only undefeated team were unrelenting, keeping the Roosters at bay 38-8.

In the final match of the round, Pine Rivers got their second win of the season by clutching an eight-point victory over Bulimba in a high-scoring affair.

Justice Utatao was back to his point-scoring best, crossing for a treble, and Sunshine Coast Falcons flyer Nat McGavin was also one of the Bears to trouble the scorers on Saturday afternoon.

Round 6 results

Carina Tigers 26 defeated West Brisbane Panthers 18
Valleys Diehards 50 defeated Normanby Hounds 24
Pine Rivers Bears 38 defeated Bulimba Bulldogs 30
Wynnum Manly Seagulls 38 defeated Brighton Roosters 8

Round 6 ladder

# Team P W D L +/- Pts
1 Wynnum Manly Seagulls 6 6 0 0 +100 18
2 Valleys Diehards 6 5 0 1 +164 16
3 West Brisbane Panthers 6 4 0 2 +86 14
4 Carina Tigers 6 4 0 2 +26 14
5 Pine Rivers Bears 6 2 0 4 -92 10
6 Brighton Roosters 6 1 0 5 -52 8
7 Normanby Hounds 6 1 0 5 -106 8
8 Bulimba Bulldogs 6 1 0 5 -126 8

Holcim Cup - South East Queensland Women

Despite the Holcim Cup grand final combatants being decided before the opening whistle to Round 5, there was still plenty to play for at Tugun, with to be finalised for the upcoming NRLW season in coming weeks.

The Burleigh Bears impressed again against Souths Logan Magpies, just ahead of their battle next Saturday, winning 12-0 in the blustery conditions.

Defence was key for the Bears as they also held a clean sheet in their match-up against the Easts Tigers, but they weren't short of points, as Jodeci Nicholson bagged a treble across Burleigh's two games.

Souths Logan rebounded in their second half against Easts Tigers with Maroons centre Meg Ward aiming up with two tries and two conversions in readiness for next week's clash of the titans after the last two weeks of matinees.

The final match saw the youthful Tweed Seagulls put up a fight against West Brisbane panthers, who put last week's disappointment behind them to win the overall match 18-10, with the sides claiming one half apiece. 

Grand final action will kick off this Saturday from 12.30pm at Pizzey Park.

Round 5 results

Burleigh Bears 12 defeated Souths Logan Magpies 0
Burleigh Bears 20 defeated Easts Tigers 0
Souths Logan Magpies 20 defeated Easts Tigers 0
Tweed Seagulls 4 defeated West Brisbane Panthers 0 (first half)
West Brisbane Panthers 18 defeated Tweed Seagulls 6 (second half)

Round 5 ladder*

# Team P W D L +/- B Pts
1 Burleigh Bears 10 8 0 2 +100 4.5 12.5
2 Souths Logan Magpies 10 7 0 3 +69 4 11
3 West Brisbane Panthers 10 4 1 5 +15 2.5 7
4 Tweed Seagulls 8 3 0 5 -56 1 4
5 Easts Tigers 10 1 1 8 -128 0 1.5

*One half constitutes one game

QTOP A Grade Premiership - Gold Coast

Mudgeeraba caused the upset of the season against the ladder-leading Burleigh Bears, edging the defending premiers out by two points on Sunday.

The Redbacks came from behind to level the game when Dylan Pelo broke the line and scored, but the missed conversion left the game ajar for anyone to take in the dying minutes.

In the final minute of play, a crucial offside penalty was awarded to the home side 20 metres out, to which Kyle Williams added the all-important two points to the tally, breaking the deadlock and claiming the Redbacks' second win of the season.

At Currumbin, doubles to Kobi Annand and Curtis Dansey-Smaller helped Southport get back on track with a 34-10 win after a shaky start to the season; and Runaway Bay continued their unbeaten start to the season, recording a 28-18 victory over Tugun. 

Round 5 results

Southport Tigers 34 defeated Currumbin Eagles 10
Mudgeeraba Redbacks 20 defeated Burleigh Bears 18
Runaway Bay Seagulls 28 defeated Tugun Seahawks 18
Ormeau Shearers - bye

Round 5 ladder

# Team P W D L +/- Pts
1 Runaway Bay Seagulls 4 3 1 0 +24 14
2 Burleigh Bears 5 4 0 1 +108 13
3 Southport Tigers 4 2 0 2 +26 11
4 Mudgeeraba Redbacks 4 2 0 2 -30 11
5 Currumbin Eagles 4 1 0 3 -24 9
6 Tugun Seahawks 5 2 0 3 -62 9
7 Ormeau Shearers 4 0 1 3 -42 8

Volunteers Cup - Ipswich

The competition heavyweights are beginning to break away from the rest of the pack at the halfway point of the Volunteers Cup.

The Goodna Eagles continued to flex their muscle in their match-up against Souths Tigers, amassing 11 four-pointers to three to defeat the Norths Tigers 60-12.

Among the try scorers was Leevai Sutton who bagged a hat-trick, while BJ Aufaga-Toomaga and Chris Schwalger both crossed the chalk twice each.

The second-placed Valleys Roosters shot out of the blocks early to lead 16-0 in their clash against Darling Downs foes, Gatton Hawks.

Just as Gatton crawled back to only trail last year's TRL premiers by a try, Chooks flyer Alex Hinch took the game away from the Hawks, adding a treble to his name and another stroke in his team's win column.

The final game in Round 5 was quite bizarre as Norths shot away to a 26-0 half-time lead over the unlucky Bulldogs, who have been within a converted try of all their opponents all season.

 

Norths holding on in a game of halves 26-18. Let’s hear from coach Mick Newton

Posted by Rugby League Ipswich on Saturday, 29 August 2020

However, West End came out of the sheds at the break a completely different outfit and really stuck it to the Tigers, scoring four tries of their own and preventing Norths from crossing again in the second 40.

Sadly for the Bulldogs, time got the better of them; and they will be hoping for some better luck against Souths in Toowoomba this Saturday.

Round 5 results

Goodna Eagles 60 defeated Souths Tigers 12
Valleys Roosters 32 defeated Gatton Hawks 10
Norths Tigers 26 defeated West End Bulldogs 18

Round 5 ladder

# Team P W D L +/- Pts
1 Goodna Eagles 5 5 0 0 +98 10
2 Valleys Roosters 5 4 0 1 +66 8
3 Norths Tigers 5 3 0 2 +4 6
4 West End Bulldogs 5 1 0 4 -10 2
5 Gatton Hawks 5 1 0 4 -78 2
6 Souths Tigers 5 1 0 4 -80 2

Components Only Cup - Mackay A Grade

The Souths Mackay Sharks are hitting their straps at the right time of the year, making light work of Mackay Brothers at home on Sunday.

This year's Sharks outfit is a mix of players from Sarina, Whitsundays and Moranbah joining existing Souths players, and the win has leapfrogged the team into the top four.

It was business as usual for juggernauts Townsville Brothers who just keep on winning, flexing their muscle against cross-city rivals Norths Devils at Jack Manski Oval.

In the final match of the round, the undefeated West Mackay Tigers were able to hold out a resurgent Mackay Magpies to win 16-8, thanks to a late Kimi Hemodo try.

Coach Craig Menkins described the Tigers' performance as their bravest so far in 2020.

Round 5 results

West Mackay Tigers 16 defeated Mackay Magpies 8
Townsville Brothers 70 defeated Norths Devils 10
Souths Sharks 40 defeated Mackay Brothers 12
Carltons Devils - bye

Round 5 ladder

# Team P W D L +/- Pts
1 Townsville Brothers 4 4 0 0 +122 10
2 West Mackay Tigers 4 4 0 0 +88 10
3 Mackay Brothers 5 3 0 2 +36 6
4 Souths Sharks 4 2 0 2 +6 6
5 Carltons Devils 4 1 0 3 -18 4
6 Mackay Magpies 4 1 0 3 -24 4
7 Norths Devils 5 0 0 5 -210 0

Mackay Airport Cup - Mackay Women

With only two weeks left until the Mackay Airport Cup playoffs, every win is vital to be as best placed as possible.

Townsville Brothers recorded their first win in a month (after two byes and a loss), defeating Norths 42-4; meanwhile, Magpies also notched up another win, this time against West Mackay Tigers 26-0.

Round 5 results

Townsville Brothers 42 defeated Norths Devils 4
Mackay Magpies 26 defeated West Mackay Tigers 0
Mackay Brothers - bye

Round 5 ladder

# Team P W D L +/- Pts
1 Mackay Brothers 4 4 0 0 +82 8
2 Townsville Brothers 3 2 0 1 +32 6
3 Mackay Magpies 5 3 0 2 +46 6
4 West Mackay Tigers 3 1 0 2 -52 4
5 Norths Devils 5 0 0 5 -108 0

Mount Isa A Grade Premiership

Results pending.

Lightning Challenge - Cairns A Grade

Last year's Hastings Deering Colts player of the year Tom McGrath was in red-hot form for the Reef Kings on Saturday, scoring two tries to help his team remain on top of the Lightning Challenge ladder with an 18-point victory over his fellow Northern Pride team mates.

Tully were also able to defeat Cairns Brothers for the second week in a row, this time on the Brethren's turf at Stan Williams Park on Saturday.

Jonty Ivey flourished in his call-up from Reserve Grade, scoring two tries and playing a number of positions across the park for the Tigers.

The Reef Kings now sit two wins clear at the top of the table with two rounds to play.

Round 4 results

Tully Tigers 32 defeated Cairns Brothers 26
Northern Pride Reef Kings 36 defeated Northern Pride Giants 18

Round 4 ladder

# Team P W D L +/- Pts
1 Northern Pride Reef Kings 4 4 0 0 +54 8
2 Northern Pride Giants 4 2 0 2 +11 4
3 Tully Tigers 4 2 0 2 -3 4
4 Cairns Brothers 4 0 0 4 -62 0

 

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