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Round 1 Saturday wrap: Happy Chook Pen, Milford stars for Capras

Wynnum Manly Seagulls centre Delouise Hoeter - spurred on by former skipper Sam Scarlett in the crowd - reckons the side should be "proud" after a stellar performance against Mackay Cutters.

"It was good... a lot of new faces but they did the Wynnum community proud, and themselves proud as well," Hoeter said.

The Brisbane Broncos-contracted talent bagged two tries during his side's 44-6 win, much to the delight of the Chook Pen and Scarlett.

Plenty of others were cheering loudly including former coach Adam Brideson, and former teammates Matiu Love-Henry and Aaron Rockley.

"The lungs were blowing a bit but good to get my first 80-minute game... it was good to play for the first time this year in Wynnum in front of the Chook Pen," Hoeter said. 

"My legs were starting to give way towards the end but it didn't really matter. I just wanted to put in a really good performance in Cup."

Former Burleigh Bears star Josh Rogers was also excellent for Wynnum Manly, scoring one try, kicking seven from seven conversions and one penalty goal.

Josh Rogers. Photo: Jorja Brinums/QRL
Josh Rogers. Photo: Jorja Brinums/QRL

"I feel like everyone played pretty well. Tyson Smoothy played 80 in the middle, Josh Rogers did pretty well. Matty Milson at the back, he did really well. It's hard to pinpoint one person. I think everyone did their job and everyone proud."

Hoeter said there were definitely positive signs going into Round 2.

"We were still a bit scratchy. We were one from eight in about the last 20 minutes. We let them in a lot towards the end with a lot of errors and penalties. But that's something we can clean up as we go along," he said.

"I enjoy whether I'm at Broncos or at Wynnum. I've been here for five years now. I've seen a lot of people come through. I always love playing in front of the Chook Pen."

In other games, Townsville Blackhawks narrowly defeated Sunshine Coast Falcons; winger Robert Derby scored a double for the Blackhawks and fullback Sualauvi Faalogo bagged a double for the Falcons.

Souths Logan Magpies, under the tutelage of Karmichael Hunt, started the season strong with a win over Ipswich Jets. Second rower Jesse Jennings scored two of the Magpies' five tries.

Burleigh Bears came out firing against 2022 premiers Norths Devils, with new recruit Creedence Toia scoring first in the wet conditions, and the side remained strong to finish with a win.

Guy Hamilton. Photo: Vanessa Hafner/QRL
Guy Hamilton. Photo: Vanessa Hafner/QRL

The final game of the day was a cracker between Central Queensland Capras and Tweed Seagulls in Rockhampton. The game came down to the wire with Dolphins talent Anthony Milford scoring the match-winning field goal in the 78th minute. 

Two more games tomorrow, with new outfit Western Clydesdales taking on PNG Hunters in the feature game of the round on

And the Redcliffe Dolphins will take on the Brisbane Tigers to round out Round 1.

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