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Round 3 in review: Hastings Deering Colts

Round 3 of the Hastings Deering Colts brought more high scores but also a few upsets, as teams started to make their move.

Here is a wrap of Round 3 of the Colts competition.

Game of the week

The undefeated Brisbane Tigers made quite the statement on Sunday, claiming their third win from the opening three rounds with a victory over the reigning premiers, Townsville.

In a last-gasp win, the Tigers came from 16-10 down at halftime to remain in third place on the Hastings Deering Colts ladder.

It was a tit-for-tat showdown with Brisbane posting the first points on the board through fullback Lachlan West before Townsville scored a triple within the space of eight minutes midway through the opening half.

Five-eighth Bailey Black then gave the Tigers a late try before halftime. West was in again after the break, equalling the game at 16-all.

Quick hands then put Townsville winger Declan Dowson over in the corner, handing the Blackhawks back the lead, with an added penalty goal three minutes later extending that lead to 24-16.

Brisbane weren't ready to throw in the towel however and mounted a comeback in the final six minutes, first crossing through a barnstorming Madison Beckett, who scored next to the post to set up Black for an easy conversion.

With the game at 24-22, it was three-try hero West - running off a beautiful pass from Joe Nadenic - who sliced through to score under the posts in the 76th minute to seal victory for the Tigers.

Brisbane will look to extend their unbeaten streak into Round 4 when they take on Norths Devils, while Townsville will enjoy a bye after two losses and one win to start 2023.

Other scores

Tweed Seagulls 56 def Western Clydesdales 14
Souths Logan Magpies 50 def Wynnum Manly Seagulls 8
Burleigh Bears 44 def Central Queensland Capras 16
Mackay Cutters 32 def Northern Pride 28
Norths Devils 34 def Sunshine Coast Falcons 30
Byes: Redcliffe Dolphins, Ipswich Jets

Mover of the week

After causing a Round 1 upset, the Tweed Seagulls returned from a bye last week to once again post a big win, this time over the Western Clydesdales.

The Seagulls notched up a 56-14 scoreline and moved from fourth place on the ladder into second with a for-and-against of 70 points from two matches.

Redcliffe remain in top spot on the ladder after enjoying a bye.

The other big mover of the week were the Souths Logan Magpies who - after two losses to start the season - came out with a bang against Wynnum Manly, running in a 50-8 victory at BMD Kougari Oval.

With nine different players crossing, Souths Logan moved from 13th spot into 10th and will look to continue to move forward when they take on the second-placed Tweed next week.

Shout outs

Souths Logan fullback Byron Johnson and prop Mou Taumaletila-Maulolo helped nab the club's first win of the season, with both players scoring a try each.

Johnson also kicked seven goals, amassed 196 run metres, had a try assist, a line break and eight tacklebreaks, while Taumaletila-Maulolo ran for a jaw-dropping 222 metres, had seven tackle busts, one line break, 15 tackles and zero missed tackles in a 59-minute performance.

Elsewhere, fullbacks were the standouts of the round. Tweed No.1 Jaylan De Groot not only nabbed a hat-trick but ran for 193 metres, had six tackle busts, one line break and one line break assist; Mackay's Kane Simon ran for 210 metres and had nine tacklebreaks; and Brisbane Tigers' Lachlan West scored a hat-trick, ran for 163 metres, had eight tackle busts and two line breaks.

Sunshine Coast prop Saxon Day had 34 tackles with zero missed while Norths centres Kealhan O'Brien and Blayden Dodd were impressive.

O'Brien bagged a double, ran for 98 metres and had eight tacklebreaks as well as two line breaks and 19 tackles while Dodd also earned two tries, ran for 105 metres and had four tackle busts.

Mackay lock Kobe Bone put in a strong all-round performance, notching up 126 run metres, scoring one try, making five tacklebreaks and one line break, and 32 tackles with none missed in a 63-minute performance.

Townsville's Jeremiah Matautia aimed up again for 178 run metres - 105 metres post-contact - five tacklebreaks, one line break and 18 tackles, zero missed, while Bears second rower Adam Christensen scored a try, ran for 208 metres, had four tacklebreaks, two line breaks and 24 tackles.

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