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Tweed aim to claw their way up the ladder against Falcons

All 14 Hastings Deering Colts teams are gearing up to get back onto the field this weekend, with the competition rewinding back to Round 10.

The matches which were originally scheduled for July 3-4, but postponed due to a lockdown, will be played this weekend.

The sides will be aiming to get straight back into action after taking a break last week while the Intrust Super Cup sides took part in Activate! Queensland Country Week matches.

The Sunshine Coast Falcons and Tweed Seagulls will come together in a feathered and fierce battle at Piggabeen. The Falcons are flying high and are in third place, while the Tweed are in seventh place and will be looking to make the jump up.

In Round 11, the Falcons played Western Mustangs and probably wouldn’t have welcomed the week off following a clinical 64-12 win.

This week, the Falcons will be looking to pick up from that outstanding performance and inflict some pain on the Seagulls.

Pat McGinn scored two tries and ran 169 metres with his two line breaks; overall, the Falcons winger was sensational.

Blake Wilson will be another danger for Tweed to keep an eye on. He’s now scored nine tries in 2021 – the fifth most in the Hastings Deering Colts competition.

The Falcons ticked all the boxes; producing 11 line breaks, 12 tries and only 25 missed tackles in a performance that pleased coach Jamie Vogler.

“This is an important game for us, we have a jam of teams behind us on 12 points, so you start losing games and you fall back there and you can be overtaken,” Vogler said.

“We will be going to Tweed knowing they are a very good team and we need to play like we did against Toowoomba.

“We have had some very good performers lately with Pat McGinn playing well and Blake Wilson who trains with our Intrust Super Cup team going very well.

“Kane Jackson hasn’t scored a try this year, but I think when he does he will score plenty more.

“Tweed is a hard place to go play football and we need to be ready to go.”

The Tweed had their own fantastic win against the coastal enemy the Bears in their last match and dominated Burleigh with a 38-22 win.

Lock Juwan Compain showed plenty of attack with 150 metres made for his side. The Seagulls top defender was John-Thomas Manuofetoa who tackled the Bears 21 times.

The Tweed dominated possession and as is normally the way, it led to a lot of points.

An excellent completion rate of 86 per cent meant Tweed were always in a position to attack.

Tweed coach Matt King knows the Seagulls will need to work hard this week however to get a result.

“I think last round we got ahead and then just lost our shape and principles,” King said.

“We need to work out that if we are ahead or it’s close, we don’t lose our minds.

“Patient smart football will win the next six weeks.

“Falcons have skilful backs and big forwards, so they are a good mix and we need to be ready for that and prepared.”

Wynnum Manly Seagulls and the Burleigh Bears had different days out last round; the Seagulls beat Redcliffe Dolphins 30-16 while the Bears got trampled by the Seagulls 38-22.

Wynnum Manly are top of the table and have won eight out of 10 games.

Ben Farr was outstanding against Redcliffe and made 231 metres. The Seagulls fullback returned the ball with interest and was an attacking focal point with one try.

Branden Whittaker kicked five goals and leads the competition with 128 points.

The Bears will be looking to rebuild after a disappointing day against Tweed. Blake Campbell would have slept well after the Tweed game though, he made 29 tackles and 160 metres in a losing side.

Norths were on the end of a high-scoring loss to Souths Logan Magpies. The Devils wouldn’t like losing at home and will be keen to right their ship this week.

The Devils scored first, but from there it was all Magpies. Lodoviko Cokanauto can certainly be proud of his running efforts, keeping the Magpies alert with 185 metres and two-line breaks and a try.

Cokanauto has scored 11 tries in the Colts and leads the competition, while Zac Brooks defended his way to 40 tackles.

The Devils will be looking to replicate their 57 per cent ball and 70 per cent completion, but not the 45 tackle breaks they allowed the Magpies or 45 missed tackles.

The Cutters were outstanding against the Capras with 10 tries and there isn’t too much the Cutters need to do differently.

Flynn Camilleri made 229 metres and Sean Dalton 31 tackles, while the Cutters line break king was Blake Paskins with three.

Henri Stocks has scored 74 points this season and seven goals against the Capras to improve his tally.

Mustangs came home from the coast and welcomed the week off last week after losing 64-12 to the Falcons.

The Mustangs had 52 per cent of the ball, but just couldn’t do enough with it and couldn’t stop the Falcons.

Kyle Peterson continues to make sure the Mustangs are doing their best with the ball and contributed 156 metres, while Brendon Clarke made 34 tackles for his side.

The Pride had a similarly glum day out against Townsville Blackhawks and will be hoping that they can turn it around this round.

The Blackhawks beat the Pride 54-12 and started going off from the start and kept the momentum with four tries before the Pride were able to score one.

Robert Derby made 136 metres and tried to find a way through for the Pride, while Zane Knowles was determined in defence with 31 tackles.

The Capras were certainly cut down by Mackay last game which would have stung the Central Queenslanders.

The Capras just didn’t have enough ball and when they did have it, they were too gassed from defending.

The Capras will be looking to rectify their 47 missed tackles and eight penalties against.

Samuel Strohfeldt can certainly hold his head up high with 46 tackles and 140 metres, while Laish Salam made two line breaks for the Capras and scored two tries.

The Tigers had a strong 40-18 win over Ipswich, scoring at regular intervals throughout the game.

The thing that will please the Tigers the most will be that they only had 46 per cent of the ball, yet made 11 line breaks and 45 tackle breaks.

Defensively, they kept the Jets to 18 while making 12 more tackles than Ipswich.

The Jets are searching for their first win of 2021 and will be hoping it can come against the Dolphins this week.

The Jets are coming home after a loss to the Tigers where they missed 45 tackles and conceded seven penalties which just kept handing the Tigers good position to attack.

Lochlan Turnbull has been a shining light for the Jets this season with 66 points. Turnbull was at it again against the Tigers with 28 tackles and a try.

The Dolphins sit in sixth place with four teams on 12 points, so they can’t afford to come to Ipswich with an off attitude after they went off track against the Seagulls and lost 30-16 in their last game.

This weekend, a Dolphin to watch may be Harrison McIndoe who has plenty of speed, scoring a try against Wynnum and will be appearing on the Jets radar.

The Magpies had a 30-20 win over the Devils and will be keen to move up from 12 points, a position they share with Blackhawks, Dolphins and Seagulls.

Byron Johnson has scored 90 points this season to be in fourth place on the points scorers list, and will be looking to keep that going as he knocks over more conversions for the Magpies.

Cruise Ten powered to 34 tackles and Fa’ata’ape Timai made 183 metres and two tries.

The Blackhawks dominated every facet of the game against the Pride and at the front of the queue to inflict pain was Jesse Yallop with 200 metres.

The Blackhawks weren’t called on to do too much tackling, but Joey Jensen put his hand up with 29 tackles.