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Round 14 in review: Hastings Deering Colts

Round 14 of the Hastings Deering Colts saw a number of finals contenders stand up to deliver statement performances as the battle for the top eight heats up.

It was a high-scoring round with the Tweed Seagulls, Sunshine Coast Falcons and Western Clydesdales all notching up over 60 points each.

Meanwhile Townsville Blackhawks, Brisbane Tigers and Burleigh Bears all claimed closer wins but flexed their muscles as they head into the final weeks of the regular season.

Here is a wrap of Round 14 of the Colts competition, including a look at how the finals race is shaping up.

Finals analysis

The stage is set for a nail-biting final two weeks of the Hastings Deering Colts competition, with nine teams to fit into eight spots and a minor premiership up for grabs.

After a high-scoring Round 14 in which the majority of favourites won - including the three frontrunners in Tweed Seagulls, Burleigh Bears and Brisbane Tigers - the ladder remains tighter than ever, with a number of results to be determined before finals kick off on August 26.

The three competition leaders all sit on 24 points, with 54 for-and-against points the difference between the first-placed Tweed and third-placed Brisbane.

And the race for the minor premiership is set to take an interesting twist this weekend, with a top-of-the-table clash between Tweed and Burleigh in the final game of the round on Sunday afternoon at Piggabeen. 

Brisbane Tigers meanwhile will open the round on Friday evening when they take on current wooden spooners, Ipswich Jets.

From the first-placed Tweed down to the seventh-placed Wynnum Manly, all teams are locked in for a finals appearance but are still battling it out to make the top four, which guarantees two weeks of finals action.

Then outside of the top seven, the Mackay Cutters are still a mathematical chance of making this year's finals, but will need some big wins over the next two weeks to do so.

Sitting in ninth, two points behind the eighth-placed Souths Logan Magpies, the Cutters are coming off a much-needed bye and will face Central Queensland this weekend and the Western Clydesdales in the final round of the competition.

Souths Logan meanwhile are coming off the back of a 20-6 loss to the Tigers and will meet Norths Devils in Round 15 and Central Queensland Capras in Round 16.

Every result will matter for the top nine teams in the next two weeks.

Round 14 results

Western Clydesdales 62 def Norths Devils 18
Tweed Seagulls 64 def Northern Pride 4
Sunshine Coast Falcons 62 def Ipswich Jets 10
Townsville Blackhawks 38 def Central Queensland Capras 14
Brisbane Tigers 20 def Souths Logan Magpies 6
Burleigh Bears 36 def Wynnum Manly Seagulls 20
Byes: Mackay Cutters and Redcliffe Dolphins

Shout outs

Burleigh Bears made a huge statement against the seventh-placed Wynnum Manly Seagulls on Sunday.

In the match of the round, the Bears overcame the Seagulls 36-20 at BMD Kougari Oval, with an impressive second half comeback securing the two points.

Ten weeks ago the Bears were in eighth place on the ladder but have worked hard to march their way through the top half of the table to land in the top two.

On Sunday, prop Carsen Patu was one standout, scoring a double in the victory - and claiming this week's Heavy Lifter honours.

Heavy lifter: Carsen Patu

Elsewhere, Sunshine Coast Falcons centre Mason Peut backed up his six-try haul from a month ago with another four tries against the Ipswich Jets on Saturday. Peut also ran for 243 metres and recorded seven tackle busts and four line breaks.

Prop Jackson Ricotta and second rower Jayden Taufa were also strong for the Falcons while centre Flynn Groth starred on the opposite side of the park for the Jets with 260 run metres - 147 of which were post-contact metres - and 10 tackle busts.

For Tweed in their 64-4 victory over the Northern Pride, centre Jaylan De Groot notched up two tries with 190 run metres and four tackle busts while second rower Reico Ratana scored a try, ran for 186 metres, had eight tackle breaks and one try assist.

Coming off the bench for the Seagulls, Khyan Weir also stunned with a try, 199 run metres, three tackle busts and one line break.

For the Tigers, fullback Lachlan West continued his red-hot form with 266 run metres and four tackle breaks while prop Casey Morgan was sensational with a try, 195 run metres, six tackle busts and a huge 35 tackles with no misses.

For Townsville, the usual suspects starred as Ragarive Wavik, Jesse Yallop and Cathane Hill all bagged doubles against Central Queensland.

And for the Western Clydesdales, it was a big day out for Hunter James and Darcy Carswell who both scored two tries each while prop Flynn Kaiser Capewell was strong with 152 run metres and 20 tackles.

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