The Brisbane Tigers became outright leaders on the Hastings Deering Colts ladder after claiming a victory over Redcliffe in the Round 8 top of the table clash.
Here is a wrap of Round 8 of the Colts competition.
Game of the week
The showdown between the Brisbane Tigers and Redcliffe Dolphins was the headliner of Round 8 of the Hastings Deering Colts, and it certainly lived up to expectations as the Tigers claimed a win to move into top spot on the competition ladder.
Heading into the clash, both the Tigers and Dolphins were undefeated so far in 2023, with Redcliffe the competition leaders based on for-and-against.
And the two teams showed why they are the Colts heavyweights, engaging in an arm wrestle for the opening 20 minutes before the Dolphins claimed the first points at Totally Workwear Stadium through hooker Taniela Otukolo.
Match: Tigers v Dolphins
Round 8 -
Venue: Totally Workwear Stadium, Brisbane
Izaac Jackson extended that lead seven minutes later - going to 12-0 - before Tigers hit back through winger Tea-Rani Woodman Tuhoro.
The Dolphins held a 12-6 halftime lead, but were unable to then stop a Tigers onslaught as second rower Joe Nadenic and impact player Samuela Vakadula scored within four minutes of each other to take move in front.
Then, with 13 minutes left on the clock, barnstorming forward Madison Beckett charged towards the try line to score next to the posts and seal the deal for the Tigers.
The Dolphins picked up a late consolation try through centre James Walsh, keeping the Tigers on their toes, but couldn't find the edge they needed to take back the lead.
The Tigers now remain the only team undefeated after eight weeks of the Colts competition and leapfrogged the Dolphins to take the outright lead on the ladder.
Tweed Seagulls 40 def Central Queensland Capras 16
Burleigh Bears 50 def Norths Devils 20
Townsville Blackhawks 42 def Sunshine Coast Falcons 30
Wynnum Manly Seagulls 56 def Mackay Cutters 6
Souths Logan Magpies 36 def Ipswich Jets 30
Byes: Western Clydesdales, Northern Pride
Mover of the week
Aside from the Tigers moving into top place on the Hastings Deering Colts ladder, Wynnum Manly also made a jump this week after leapfrogging the Townsville Blackhawks to move back into fourth place.
While both teams got the win in Round 8 over Mackay and Sunshine Coast respectively, the Seagulls' victory over the Cutters was far more comprehensive, boosting their for-and-against to 120 over Townsville's 86.
Match: Cutters v WM Seagulls
Round 8 -
Venue: BB Print Stadium, Mackay
This week's Heavy Lifter honours went to Wynnum Manly winger, Blake Anders, who clocked up four tries in his team's 56-6 victory over Mackay.
Anders also ran for 152 metres and had three line breaks and five tackle breaks.
Heavy lifter: Blake Anders
While Anders piled on the points for the Seagulls, Wynnum Manly's win came through a strong team performance. All the outside backs notched up 128 run metres or more while the entire starting front row picked up a try each.
A special mention also goes to hooker Tyree Bowman for a standout all-round performance, which included his try plus a try assist as well as 121 run metres, one line break, one line break assist and five tackle busts.
Elsewhere, Pat McGinn also scored four tries for the Sunshine Coast and recorded 145 run metres, two line breaks and four tackle breaks.
Falcons forward Blake Woodford was also strong with 192 run metres and 23 tackles while on the opposite side of the park, Ragarive Wavik, Jesse Yallop and Tyreice Baira-Gela all scored two tries apiece for Townsville.
Blackhawks centre Declan Dowson amassed 192 run metres and prop Jeremiah Matautia made 172 run metres through the middle, while fellow front rower Tyrone Gunn-James had 141 run metres and 36 tackles.
For Burleigh, second rower Adam Christensen was once again a standout, scoring a try and setting up another, running for 213 metres and recording two line breaks, one line break assist and a massive nine tackle breaks. His backrow partner Sam McIntyre meanwhile nabbed a double, ran for 150 metres, had seven tackle busts and 30 tackles.
Cruz Lasike also earned a double for the Bears while Immanuel Kalekale made a huge impact off the bench with a try and 196 run metres. Fullback Hunter Ploegsma also ran for 191 metres, scored a try and had seven tackle busts.
Opposition forward Ethan Jones ran for 197 metres for Norths, scored a try and recorded one line break and four tackle breaks.
Elsewhere in Round 8, Tweed fullback Jack Field scored a hat-trick; Brisbane Tigers lock Brock Ashton made 37 tackles in their arm wrestle with Redcliffe; and Dolphins hooker Taniela Otukolo scored a try and made 40 tackles in his side's loss.