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Round 11 in review: Hastings Deering Colts

It was a high-scoring round as some of the competition's heavy-hitters found their attacking groove during Round 11, with Burleigh Bears jumping into the top four.

Here is a wrap of Round 11 of the Colts competition.

Game of the week

Souths Logan Magpies and Western Clydesdales gave us an enthralling contest on Sunday at Davies Park.

In an important game in the context of the season for both teams in the mid-table, it was the home side who started the stronger when hooker Zan Lothian dived over to open the scoring inside three minutes.

Clydesdales winger Kaden Buhse turned the momentum with his try midway through the second stanza.

It was only a temporary reprieve for the visitors as Souths Logan turned the screws, scoring three more tries in the 12 minutes before halftime.

The 26-6 lead at halfime looked a formidable one but the boys from the west went about the second half with vigour and it paid dividends.

Hopoate Finau joined his fellow winger on the score sheet just four minutes after the interval to spark some belief among the Clydesdales.

It worked as they galloped right into contention - lock Brock Patti and centre Braden Leigh scoring within three minutes of each other - and after Kai Duggan converted both tries it was a four-point ball game in the blink of an eye.

It turned into a thrilling arm wrestle for the next 10 minutes before the home crowd rose in the 68th minute when halfback Cody Hamilton sliced through to score, converting his own try to make it 32-22 with time ticking away.

Western Clydesdales fought bravely in a bid to respond but couldn't do so until it was too late, prop Flynn Kaiser Capewell getting a meat pie in the 79th minute.

Tweed Seagulls had a 50-0 win over Norths Devils. Photo: Vanessa Hafner/QRL
Tweed Seagulls had a 50-0 win over Norths Devils. Photo: Vanessa Hafner/QRL

Other scores

Burleigh Bears 60 def Sunshine Coast Falcons 22
Brisbane Tigers 48 def Northern Pride 12
Mackay Cutters 52 def Ipswich Jets 30
Redcliffe Dolphins 28 def Townsville Blackhawks 24
Tweed Seagulls 50 def Norths Devils 0
Byes: Central Queensland Capras and Wynnum Manly Seagulls

Mover of the week

Burleigh Bears are back in the top four after an awesome 60-22 win over Sunshine Coast, but they didn't have it all their own way as the scoreline might suggest.

The Falcons led 16-10 at one stage before Cruz Lasike scored with three minutes to go in the first half to level the scores.

Heavy lifter: Cruz Lasike

The centre would score seconds into the second half and add another three by the end of it to go with 161 run metres, four line breaks and seven tackle breaks.

Elsewhere, the Dolphins win against Townsville was crucial to solidifying their position near the top of the ladder and importantly put two points' distance between them.

Tweed Seagulls also gained a spot, but the 50-0 results was a handy boost to their for-and-against in the tight battle at the pointy end.

Shout outs

Brisbane Tigers had a big win in Cairns, getting into the flow against Northern Pride thanks to a huge effort from the engine room.

It was fitting prop Casey Morgan crossed the stripe on the back of running for 188 metres gained along with providing one try assist, one line break assist, one line break and seven tackle breaks.

It allowed playmakers like his fullback Lachlan West to shine - the No.1 scoring two tries and setting up another, having two line breaks, a line break assist and 146 running metres.

It was no surprise to see Michael Waqa lead the way for Redcliffe, the prop having a massive 198 run metres and 28 tackles leading into a deserved selection for the Queensland Under 19 team.

He was ably supported by Braith Major who shouldered a 31-tackle defensive load in the second row, while Dolphins centre Will Starling had 152 metres gained and scored two tries.

For Townsville, Tyrone Gunn-James was a standout once again, but this time on the defensive side notching 35 tackles, while Cathane Hill and Jesse Yallop scored doubles.

On top of Burleigh Bears centre Cruz Lasike scoring five tries, one of the game-changing performances came from prop Carsen Patu, who had 171 run metres, one try assist, one line break assist and five tackle breaks.

And Mason Peut made every chance a winner for Sunshine Coast, nabbing a hat-trick in a losing cause against the Bears.

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