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Round 7 Saturday wrap: Big scores across the board

Redcliffe Dolphins captain Dunamis Lui is happy his side stood up against a quality Sunshine Coast Falcons outfit and excelled in Round 7.

Lui said the aim going into the clash was to bring intensity and leading by three tries early in the game showed his side brought that intensity.

"It was good, a good win... one we really needed after our hot and cold start to the season," Lui said, adding it was made sweeter by beating a quality opposition stacked with Melbourne Storm players.

"It was a really good test for us against Sunny Coast. We had a good win last week against Ippy, but Sunny Coast have been up there with setting the standard all year with the competition. I thought our boys really turned up tonight.

"We really wanted to play high tempo, with a lot of energy. Especially with the side they have, it's a really quality side.

"With Storm having their bye and a lot of boys coming back, we knew it was a real good test for us. I'm happy with the way the boys started both halves... had a lot of energy there so we ticked that box, then it was just a long game from there."

Lui said the win took a real team performance.

"I thought the boys did well across the board. Especially with the boys coming back (from the NRL side), we really struggled at the start of the year with our combinations with them coming back and not having them in pre-season... we struggled a bit," Lui said.

Jeremiah Simbiken. Photo: Erick Lucero/QRL
Jeremiah Simbiken. Photo: Erick Lucero/QRL

"With boys coming back now, we're starting to click. They showed a lot of leadership."

Lui said having regulars Sheldon Pitama, Cody Hunter and Albert Kelly all in the mix this week also helped their performance.

"It was a good overall team win," Lui said.

Dolphins stalwart Cameron Cullen has been training with the side for the past three weeks and is expected to make his return to Cup football in the coming weeks.

"He's a quality player, it will be good," Lui said.

Elsewhere, PNG Hunters proved too strong for Mackay Cutters in Port Moresby.

Souths Logan Magpies were on fire against Townsville Blackhawks.

Western Clydesdales winger Mitch Watson scored a massive five tries in his side's win against Ipswich Jets.  

Norths Devils hooker Liam Horne scored a hat-trick as his side kept Northern Pride scoreless at Bishop Park.  

Central Queensland Capras winger Brandon Roberts scored a double in his side's tight win over Wynnum Manly Seagulls.

Burleigh Bears and Brisbane Tigers will face off on Sunday in the feature game of the round; it can be watched live and for free at

Hero photo: Redcliffe Dolphins captain Dunamis Lui by Erick Lucero/QRL

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