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Round in review: Junior statewide competitions

Round 2 of the junior statewide competitions produced more exciting action between Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup, Harvey Norman Under 19s and Cyril Connell Challenge.

Here is a wrap up of Round 2.

Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup Round 2

Game of the week

Wynnum Manly and Norths Devils went tit-for-tat in an exciting affair at BMD Kougari Oval on Saturday. The pair went into the sheds at 6-4 favouring the home side, then traded tries in a tense second half until William Lane crossed with seven minutes remaining to all but seal the win. Despite a late Devils try, the Seagulls held on 22-16.

Other scores

Mackay Cutters 24 def Northern Pride 4 

Western Clydesdales 30 def Wide Bay Bulls 26 

Burleigh Bears 36 def Souths Logan Magpies 10 

Townsville Blackhawks 36 def Central Queensland Capras 10 

Tweed Seagulls 36 def Brisbane Tigers 10 

Ipswich Jets 32 def Sunshine Coast Falcons 22

Shout outs

Ipswich Jets winger Alton Naiyep notched a first half hat-trick in a 32-22 win away to Sunshine Coast. The powerful athlete was impossible to put down at times, breaking tackles at will and making in-roads in critical runs from his own end of the field.

Player to bank on: Alton Naiyep

Bailey Simpson similarly had a day out at Carina with a personal haul of 16 points for Tweed against Brisbane Tigers, including two tries from the wing and four goals.

Mover of the week

Burleigh bounced back in fine style after missing out in their first match of the season. The Bears led 12-4 at half time against a formidable Souths Logan outfit, before piling on five tries to one in a dominant second stanza at UAA Park.

Harvey Norman Under 19s Round 2

Game of the week

Western Clydesdales had a great start to their campaign when they headed to Kingaroy to take on Wide Bay Bulls. The Clydesdales had three tries in the first 14 minutes, while halfback Bonnie Zappa scored either side of half time in a runaway victory.

Other scores

Wynnum Manly Seagulls 30 def Norths Devils 6

Western Clydesdales 36 def Wide Bay Bulls 4

Central Queensland Capras 18 def Townsville Blackhawks 4

Brisbane Tigers 38 def Tweed Seagulls 14

Mackay Cutters 26 def Northern Pride 6

Ipswich Jets 26 def Sunshine Coast Falcons 4

Burleigh Bears 26 def Souths Logan Magpies 0

Shout out

Malaela Sua was barnstorming in an incredible display for Brisbane Tigers on Saturday. Not only did the second rower score four tries in the 38-14 win over Tweed Seagulls, she had a hand in two more and was regularly in the right place to shut down attacking threats from the visitors.

What a weapon: Malaela Sua

Mover of the week

Wynnum Manly Seagulls made a positive start with a strong first showing for 2023. Jayde Herdegen scored either side of half-time to help her teams to a 30-6 win.

Cyril Connell Challenge Round 2

Game of the week

Townsville Blackhawks showed tremendous spirit in a come-from-behind win against Central Queensland Capras at Browne Park on Saturday. The visitors were down 20-4 shortly after half-time and still trailed by 12 with 10 minutes to go. Tries to Eneliko Savelio and a double to Immanuel Kawane eventually sealed a 24-20 triumph in the dying stages.

Other results 

Norths Devils 40 def Wynnum Manly Seagulls 4

Western Clydesdales 24 def Wide Bay Bulls 22

Mackay Cutters 20 def Northern Pride 4

Burleigh Bears 14 drew with Souths Logan Magpies 14

Brisbane Tigers 46 def Tweed Seagulls 6

Sunshine Coast Falcons 32 def Ipswich Jets 30

Shout out

Braithen Scott was elusive at the back for Western Clydesdales in a 24-22 win over Wide Bay Bulls on Saturday, scoring two tries and having a hand in another. The No.1 was quick, powerful and solid in defence with some desperate try savers.

What a weapon: Braithen Scott

Elsewhere goalkicking was the difference in an action-packed contest between Sunshine Coast Falcons and Ipswich Jets at Kawana on Sunday. Ellyjah Birve hit four from six to help secure a 32-30 victory, despite seven tries from the visitors including doubles to Dennis Papua and Finn Kendall.

Mover of the week

Norths romped to a 40-4 win over Wynnum Manly Seagulls to make it two wins from two games this season. It's a cracking start for the Devils after the club went the previous two seasons without recording a victory.

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