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Falcons beat Dolphins in James Ackerman Cup clash

The Sunshine Coast Falcons produced a dominant display over the Redcliffe Dolphins to win the much sought-after James Ackerman Cup 24-4 at Moreton Daily Stadium.

Following a stirring rendition of “Ode to Ackers” by Dolphins patron Rupert McCall, it looked like it was going to be a good day for the Dolphins.

Tyson Smoothy and Dunamis Lui with the James Ackerman Cup. Photo: Erick Lucero/QRL
Tyson Smoothy and Dunamis Lui with the James Ackerman Cup. Photo: Erick Lucero/QRL

Several near misses in the opening five minutes was as close as the Dolphins got until they crossed for a consolation try three minutes from full-time.

The Falcons were dominant down the edges, running the Dolphins forward pack ragged.

The star of the show was Falcons hooker Tyson Smoothy. Not only did he contribute half of the Falcons points, he was outstanding in everything he did in both attack and defence.

If tonight’s performance is any indication, Smoothy, who was not re-signed by the Melbourne Storm for this season, is perhaps the one they got wrong.

He was well supported by front rower Max Bailey and fullback Luke Polselli, who bobbed up all over the park and was always dangerous in attack.

Luke Polselli. Photo: Erick Lucero/QRL
Luke Polselli. Photo: Erick Lucero/QRL

Three tries in ten minutes to Smoothy, Will Warbrick and Polselli blew the Dolphins off the park, but it was the Falcons defence that won them the game.

James Ackerman would’ve been impressed with the efforts of the Falcons pack - they ran and tackled harder than their opponents just like how Ackers did it so effectively.

The Ackerman family. Photo: Erick Lucero/QRL
The Ackerman family. Photo: Erick Lucero/QRL

A positives to come out of the game for the home side was the performance of skipper Dunamis Lui.

The Dolphins didn’t ask any questions of the Falcons defence and losing halfback Adam Cook after twenty-five minutes to a head knock didn’t help, but nobody stepped up to fill the void which gives coach Scott Murray something to work on this week.

 The best for the Dolphins was Lui, Lachlan Timm and centre Justin Worley.

The Dolphins will play Norths Devils in Round 2.

The Falcons will take on Tweed Seagulls.


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