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Junior statewide competitions Round 6 preview

Tweed Seagulls are flying high at the top of the Mal Meninga Cup table and this week find themselves trying to stay undefeated against Souths Logan Magpies.

Tweed is coming off the week off after a draw against Redcliffe in Round 4.

The last two times the Seagulls and Magpies have played, it’s been close, with Tweed winning 22-18 in 2023 and Magpies winning 30-18 in 2022.

Tweed have won their last six games in a row dating back to Round 4 last year.

Mason Barber has been giving teams haircuts this year with his running game, Round 1 against Wynnum he made 152 run metres, 153 run metres against the Tigers and two tries and three line breaks against the Dolphins.

The Tweed fullback is having a real impact, with his long stride making him hard to pull down once he gets moving.

Making every effort to stop Mason will be the Souths Logan Magpies, who were well and truly stopped by the Redcliffe Dolphins.

The Magpies didn’t handle the defending premiers too well and as a result of their 43 percent possession the Dolphins couldn’t be stopped.

The line breaks kept stacking up and it was too much with the Dolphins scoring eight tries.

Mou Tam Tamaletila-Maulolo made 26 tackles and Jaden Solien made 112 run metres for the Magpies.

The Magpies have moved Bailey Trew and Israel Leota into the centres and getting them the ball will be key to their side winning the game.

Harvey Norman Under 19

Deleni Paitai was sensational for the Dolphins' Harvey Norman Under 19 team last week, and will have her named mentioned plenty more times against Norths Devils this weekend.

The Dolphins centre sprinkled magic dust all over Kayo Stadium, with three tries starting in the sixth minute and ending in the 40th minute in 34 minutes of carnage.

Paitai was supported by Mya Sautia with 150 metres gained, and Keira Rangi found 13 tackles.

It was just too much for the Magpies and this week the Devils will have to stop the Dolphins' momentum.

If the Devils don’t hold onto the ball like it’s their last $10, then things will get hard.

Norths only had 36 per cent of the ball against the Bears last weekend.

Burleigh had a massive 50 more runs than the Devils and that resulted in 11 line breaks.

Ava Walters stood out for the Devils, trying her hardest with 54 run metres gained, and Bonnie Zappa made 18 tackles.

Cyril Connell Cup

The Ipswich Jets' Cyril Connell Cup side might be writing the name Shaun Elara on the whiteboard this week.

The big Clydesdales prop had a day out against Wide Bay Bulls in the big 62-8 win.

Four tries of 11 had Elara’s name next to them. It was 24-0 at half-time and the Clydesdales were sensational.

Elara’s pace will cause plenty of issues this week. He’s been dynamic all season for the Clydesdales with 152 run metres gained against Wide Bay in Round 2, two tries against the Falcons and now four in total against the Bulls.

The Ipswich Jets had their own strong win against the Falcons 34-22.

Finn Kendall got the ball rolling in the 18th minute and from there the Jets were flying with six tries.

Young Ipswich half Tiger Campbell added the decoration with two points and the Jets won their third game for 2024.

The Jets will be looking for the brilliance of half Taupale Sauaso who scored the winner against the Falcons.

Ipswich finished both halves well and that will be something the Clydesdales will need to be aware of this week.

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