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Round 2 in review: Hastings Deering Colts

Redcliffe, Wynnum Manly and Brisbane Tigers all flexed their muscle in Round 2 of the Hastings Deering Colts competition.

The three clubs notched up back-to-back wins to start the season while Tweed and Mackay enjoyed byes after Round 1 victories.

Here is a wrap of what happened in Round 2.

Game of the week

The reigning premiers are back in business.

The Townsville Blackhawks made quite the statement on Saturday in another high-scoring round across the competition.

After suffering a 34-6 defeat in their opening game of the season last week against Tweed Seagulls, the Blackhawks avoided back-to-back losses, running in a stunning 11 tries to three to claim the 58-12 victory over Souths Logan.

It was a particularly dominant display in the second half from the home team at Jack Manski Oval, after they went into the break up 16-12.

The forward pack did their job perfectly, setting a high standard against the Magpies in the second stanza, led strongly by Jeremiah Matautia, Wil Sullivan and Tyreice Baira-Gela.

Off the back of this work, the spine were able to shine, with the combinations between fullback Ragarive Wavik, halves Matthew Hunter and Zack Lamont, and hookers Jai Hansen and Joel Baldwin proving the key difference for the Blackhawks.

Winger Jesse Yallop and centre Dudley Dotoi were then the stars time and time again, completing the team efforts with four tries apiece.

The strong win has seen the Blackhawks move from second last on the ladder into sixth place with 18 for-and-against points.

Other scores

Norths Devils 34 def Northern Pride 18
Townsville Blackhawks 58 def Souths Logan Magpies 12
Wynnum Manly Seagulls 36 def Central Queensland Capras 8
Western Clydesdales 42 def Ipswich Jets 34
Brisbane Tigers 40 def Burleigh Bears 26
Byes: Mackay Cutters and Tweed Seagulls

The Tigers bench celebrate their Round 2 win. Picture: Rikki-Lee Arnold/QRL
The Tigers bench celebrate their Round 2 win. Picture: Rikki-Lee Arnold/QRL

Mover of the week

The Dolphins remained in top spot on the ladder with a solid 28-6 victory over the Sunshine Coast Falcons on Saturday, welcoming into the team a host of their Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup premiership-winning stars, including John Fineanganofo and Elijah Rasmussen.

Wynnum Manly meanwhile moved from fourth to second with Townsville making the biggest jump following their victory over Souths Logan.

Shout outs

Townsville duo Jesse Yallop and Dudley Dotoi were instrumental in their side's victory, both scoring four tries each. On top of this, Yallop ran for 216m with 10 tackle busts while Dotoi ran for 132m and had 15 tackle busts.

Meanwhile, Blackhawks fullback Ragarive Wavik had three try assists and forward Jeremiah Matautia ran for 170m and had six tackle busts.

Elsewhere, Western Clydesdales winger Luke Cesari scored a hat-trick while Ipswich Jets prop Max Banditt scored two tries and ran for 164m.

For Redcliffe, lock Tevita Toloi nabbed two tries, notched up 134 run metres and had seven tackle breaks in a 43-minute stint; backrower Braith Major made 38 tackles with no misses; and hooker Taniela Otukolo had seven tackle busts, 155 run metres, five offloads and 24 tackles.

Other standouts forwards were Wynnum Manly prop John Radel with two tries, six tackle busts and 39 tackles, and Norths prop Ethan Jones with 187 run metres, three tackle busts and 19 tackles in a 53-minute stint.

Also for Wynnum Manly, centre Charlie Kwock-Sun Barker had one try, 180 run metres and 15 tackle busts while Grand Hagai on the other side of the field had two tries, 146 run metres, 12 tackle breaks.

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