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Colts preview: Strong Dolphins and Seagulls sides renew rivalry

The Hastings Deering Colts competition launched Round 17 last week, with the Ipswich Jets hosting Brisbane Tigers in Ipswich in the only match to be played.

This weekend, all remaining teams are back in action for Round 14.

The Tigers had a handsome win and will be taking a seat this week with the Jets for their weekend off.

Arguably the most anticipated game taking place this weekend will be the first versus third clash between Wynnum Manly Seagulls and Redcliffe Dolphins. 

Both the Dolphins and Seagulls are on 22 points with 10 wins and with three rounds left to play in the season, this game might be on repeat in a few weeks when finals come around.

Wynnum Manly are coming away from a massive win in Cairns against Northern Pride.

On occasions, a big win like that where everything goes your way can do some harm to a team's preparation for future games, so it’s interesting to see how the Seagulls deal with the big win.

Coach Michael Dobson said he found the positives and moved on.

“There are positives when you win like that, our attack was obviously good and we kept them to zero too,” Dobson said.

“We have moved on pretty quickly, Dolphins will be a different beast and they beat us earlier in the year.

“We know there is a chance that we play them again, so now is the time to begin peaking and making sure you’re getting ready for finals.

“We want to finish top four and give ourselves the best chance."

Ryan Jackson made 218 metres in the 18-try win for Wynnum Manly, while Jack Bower took full advantage of the situation and now sits on 98 points for the season and in fifth spot on the points tally.

The Dolphins are hitting their straps. Photo: Erick Lucero / QRL
The Dolphins are hitting their straps. Photo: Erick Lucero / QRL

In their last game, the Dolphins had a 54-10 win over the Norths Devils.

William Dobson was tremendous with 206 metres and two tries, and Samuel Elara made two line breaks in the big win.

The Dolphins were an attacking force from the kick-off with 10 tries and five first half tries set them up for a great win.

Redcliffe coach Ben Te’o was happy with the performance against the Devils.

“I think it was a well-rounded performance,” Te’o said.

“This is a great match, Wynnum are well coached and the best defensive team, so we are number two and we are chasing them.

“I don’t think you can read too much into what Wynnum did last game, they would have been happy with it, but then put it in the bin."

Wynnum Manly have beaten the Dolphins the last two times they’ve clashed back to July last season.

Round 14 - Week 2 will kick off on Saturday, with the Townsville Blackhawks at home to Northern Pride. 

The Blackhawks will bring great form into this round, having won the last two games against the Pride. The side have also won their past two games by big margins. In summary, the Blackhawks are warming up nicely for finals.

Against the Bears last round, Townsville were convincing 52-18 winners, with Jacob Mene proving why he has become a try-scoring weapon in the Colts. Mene has 18 tries to lead the competition and the Pride will be on high alert for him this week.

The Pride are coming off a pretty dark time, getting beaten by Wynnum 100-0 and this game will show how the Pride bounce back.

Souths Logan Magpies fell to Brisbane Tigers 54-16 in their last match, letting in nine tries in the loss.

However, the Magpies had some hard triers with Connor Williams making 117 metres and Declan Buckley making 42 tackles, but teams will inevitably struggle with only 46 per cent of the ball. The Tigers also were allowed to make 48 tackle breaks in the win.

The Magpies this week come up against Norths Devils who also last played the Tigers in a quirk of the drawn. The Devils were pipped 26-24 in their Round 7 make-up match played at Bishop Park on July 22.

Mackay Cutters lost to the Ipswich Jets 30-26 in their last game, so they would have spent their time off reflecting on things they could have done better.

Mackay were in control at 22-12 at half-time, but from there, the Jets finished on top. Jack Hoffman and Ethan Sweet were high performers for the Cutters, but they needed support for the whole game.

The Capras will be itching for some action after their last scheduled match against Western Clydesdales was forfeited, so they will want to start well against the Cutters and not be left behind after a few weeks off.

The Coastal battle that sees the two neighbours fight it out for the honours. Tweed Seagulls lost to Sunshine Coast Falcons in their last match, but only by four points which is a good comeback. However, what will not please the Tweed is that they let the Falcons get out to 24-6.

Brent Barnes’ two tries and Oskar Bryant’s double got them back in the game, but it was too late. Barnes was exceptional with 196 run metres with his two tries.

The Burleigh Bears will be looking to bounce back from their last match which was a heavy defeat suffered at the hands of the Townsville Blackhawks. 

The Falcons had a “mixed bag” performance against Tweed Seagulls in their last outing, with some positives like being up 24-6 and starting well with four first half tries being mixed in with some average things like letting Tweed come back to nearly snatch a win.

However, there were some strong performances to celebrate, including Kaleb Sutton hitting the 200 metre-mark for the game.

Their opponents this weekend are the Clydesdales who have had an extended period of time off.

The side will be looking to overcome their last game against Wynnum Manly that they lost 64-0.

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