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Round 12 in review: Hastings Deering Colts

From blowout scorelines to tight top eight clashes and one draw, Round 12 of the Hastings Deering Colts produced a mixed bag of results.

With the competition going on a two week break, teams had one last chance to make a statement over the weekend, before they return at the end of the month for the final block of the season.

Here is a wrap of Round 12 of the Colts competition.

Game of the week

The Burleigh Bears caused the upset of the week, as they improved their chances of a top four finish this season.

The Bears have worked their way up the ladder over the past two weeks, claiming the scalp of the Tweed Seagulls in Round 10.

They then went to another level on Saturday, as they took down the Redcliffe Dolphins, one week after the Dolphins overcame last year's premiers in Townsville Blackhawks. 

It was a classic back-and-forth battle, with Bears winger Zac Munn bursting out of the blocks early to post the first points for the away team.

Taniela Otukolo responded six minutes later before Munn nabbed his second by the ninth minute.

Burleigh then ran out to an 18-6 halftime lead before Redcliffe surged into the second half with a vengeance, claiming two tries through Connor Williams and Will Starling.

The Bears didn't have the best day with the boot - nailing only one from six conversions - and had to rely on finding their points elsewhere as the Dolphins' Sully Hoad kicked four from four.

Redcliffe held a 24-22 lead at the 65th minute following centre Starling's try, but the excitement was short-lived as Burleigh hit back one last time.

A one-on-one strip from halfback Boston Tagg gave the Bears possession at a crucial moment in the match and crafty rake Nicholas Zusak made the most of slow Redcliffe defence, darting out from dummy-half to score the match winner with eight minutes left on the clock.

While they missed the conversion, it was enough to seal a 26-24 victory.

Other scores

Tweed Seagulls 38 def Brisbane Tigers 30
Central Queensland Capras 48 def Ipswich Jets 16
Townsville Blackhawks 62 def Western Clydesdales 6
Souths Logan Magpies 30 drew Mackay Cutters 30
Sunshine Coast Falcons 86 def Northern Pride 4
Wynnum Manly Seagulls 74 def Norths Devils 24

Mover of the week

The Tweed Seagulls moved into No.1 spot on the ladder after Round 12, leapfrogging the Brisbane Tigers and Redcliffe Dolphins to continue a heated top-of-the-table battle in the Colts competition.

Sitting in third place prior to their clash with the Tigers, the Seagulls claimed a close win over the former competition leaders to move forward with a stronger for-and-against.

The Bears meanwhile stayed firm in fourth after their upset victory over Redcliffe, who slipped down to sixth spot.

Shout outs

The Sunshine Coast Falcons posted a huge 86-4 victory over the Northern Pride, with centre Mason Peut scoring a jaw-dropping six tries for the away team at Barlow Park.

Peut showed both individual excellence and sharp teamwork to notch up 24 points, as the Falcons ran in 15 tries to one.

Heavy lifter: Mason Peut

His teammate Josh Chappell also did incredible work with the boot, kicking 13 from 15 conversions.

Elsewhere, Tremaine Harry and Tea-Rani Woodman Tuhoro both scored a double each for Tweed and Brisbane respectively, in a close showdown at Piggabeen Sports Complex while Zac Munn earned a hat-trick for Burleigh in their win over Redcliffe.

Townsville winger Jesse Yallop also collected three tries in a big effort against the Western Clydesdales.

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