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Wide Bay Bulls charge into final round against Jets

The Harvey Norman Under 19 caravan rolls on for Wide Bay Bulls, leaving the Western Clydesdales and Maryborough behind and rolling forward to Round 4.

When they arrive at the weekend, the team will face off against Ipswich Jets as both teams play their last round games.

The Bulls may not have gotten the win against the Clydesdales, but development and improvement are the key ingredient for Wide Bay.

The Bulls lost a close one last weekend with score at half-time score of 16-4 remaining the score at full-time to show some resilient defence by the Bulls.

The Bulls didn’t concede a penalty and only missed 18 tackles which was a great display of discipline from a team still learning the tricks of the game.

Bulls coach Shaun Hobson said concreting the rugby league path for the girls to follow was a major focus for the side.  

“The outcome we are after is to develop these girls,” Hobson said.

“It wasn’t too long ago I was ringing around and getting girls from the local schools to find out if they wanted to play rugby league.

“Nearly all of my team are first-time players and needed reassurance that they can do this and we wouldn’t put them in a position we didn’t think they could handle.

“We have unbelievable help... Tahnee Norris has been up here, Kelvin Wright has been to training and Antonio Kaufusi has been great for the region.”

Rashida Scott with the ball for Wide Bay Bulls. All photos: FC Sports Media
Rashida Scott with the ball for Wide Bay Bulls. All photos: FC Sports Media

The Bulls had plenty of star performers with Mikala Lobegeier topping the tackle count and Taryn Knight winning ground for the Bulls with strong carries.

“Mikala Lobegeier has been outstanding and Chelsey Larner has been great for us," Hobson said.

“We have had more girls at training this week, they’re very enthusiastic about the bus ride to Ipswich this week.”

For the Jets, the side are trying hard and working on getting to the spots on the field that will best allow them to attack and score points and will focus on that again this week against the Bulls.

Imogene Davidson was doing her best to march the Jets up the field and made 150 metres. While Zebadiah Latu Mulumulu made 22 of the Jets 156 tackles.

In other games this round, Tweed Seagulls will host Brisbane Tigers for their Round 4 match.

Tweed had Round 3 off and now will be ready to get at the Tigers who are coming off an impressive 44-4 win against Redcliffe Dolphins.

The Tigers were able to make 51 tackle breaks and that kept putting the Dolphins under pressure.

Redcliffe’s first thing to fix this week against Souths Logan Magpies will be ball control, having had only 40 per cent of the ball last week. As such, they didn’t give themselves the best chance to stop the Tigers.

In the end the score of 44-4 showed how the team that holds the ball holds the power. The Magpies also come into this game looking for improvement after going down 36-10 to Wynnum Manly Seagulls.

Mackay have recovered from their trip to Bowen to face the Blackhawks and will next take on the Pride this weekend.

The Cutters will need to up their 42 per cent of the ball this week, but will want to maintain their kicking game which was outstanding and gave the team space.

The Pride were winners last round against the Capras and will be hoping that form continues against Mackay.

The Pride won 28-20 and while they have players like Montanna Mook rucking it up for 134 metres and contributing two-line breaks and Kimberley Bryant making 21 tackles, things will continue to head upwards.

The Falcons were clinical in their win against the Jets at the Sunshine Coast last round. Emmogen Taumafai was powerful and commanding in her runs back at the Jets defence.

Shannyn Harm made one-line break and the Falcons finished with eight tries in the game, making it hard for the Jets attack to get back in the game.

The Falcons had 47 tackle breaks, with strong carries and their sets were covering a massive distance on their way up the field.

This week, the Falcons face the Clydesdales who also impressed in their 16-4 win over Wide Bay.

With 56 per cent of the ball, the Clydesdales were given too much leeway and found plenty of ways to use it with three tries in the first 16 minutes.

The Townville juggernaut rolled on in Round 3, with two wins and eight points to them in two games, the Blackhawks game is developing nicely.

The Blackhawks starved the Cutters of the ball and on the back of that, came a 12-4 lead at halftime and 28-8 win.

Theophelia Mosby-Nona was impressive with 193 metres and one-line break while Prue Peters made 21 tackles.

The Capras will face Townsville this week after they went down to the Pride by eight points, but there were positives everywhere for Central Queensland.

The Pride scored first and the Capras hit straight back and were only down by two at halftime. Antonia Hendry-Ratima made a difference and made 116 metres and Alenna Whipp made 18 tackles.

'What a weapon!' - Ebony Raftstrand-Smith

The Bears were outstanding last round with Ebony Raftstrand-Smith scoring the first three tries to turn up the heat on the Devils.

It was a family affair with Skye Raftstrand-Smith scoring the next try. Dannii Perese made four tackle line breaks and 227 metres for the Bears.

This weekend, they will take on Wynnum Manly Seagulls.

The Seagulls were sensational against the Magpies with Ellie Williamson scoring a try and kicking four goals in the 26 point win.

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