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Round 15 Saturday wrap: Home teams strike for XXXX Rivalry Round

There were a number of dominant displays on the opening day of the XXXX Rivalry Round repeat, as home teams swept the draw in a big way.

The Northern Pride set the standard from the outset on Saturday, keeping the Townsville Blackhawks scoreless at Cairns' Barlow Park with a stunning 48-0 victory.

Jensen Taumoepeau, Jake Clifford and Will Partridge all bagged doubles in the convincing win, which sent a warning to the rest of the competition, as they flexed their muscle ahead of the final eight weeks of the regular season.

The Central Queensland Capras claimed a solid 30-18 win over the Mackay Cutters in Rockhampton before the Redcliffe recorded the upset of the day, defeating fellow top eight contenders Wynnum Manly 38-8.

Brenton Baira scored twice against the third-placed Seagulls at Kayo Stadium and kicked five conversions to help the Dolphins edge closer to the top four.

The Sunshine Coast Falcons then capped off the first day of XXXX Rivalry Round with a 52-22 scoreline over the Western Clydesdales, keeping them within striking distance of the top four.

Falcons coach Brad Henderson said it was a vital victory after returning from two weeks of byes.

"Aside from the two competition points, it's just good to get out and play some footy," Henderson said.

"We played our style of footy, which was nice. It was good to see them take their training onto the field and be effective. We certainly didn't have it all our own way.

"Toowoomba threw a lot at us and we absorbed it well at times.

"I spoke to the boys before the game to say that today was all about attitude. If you're stupid, you're going to look at the Clydesdales and see they've won only one game but if you're smart you'll know how hard they compete.

"I challenged them and said you'll get what you deserve today."

Centre Scott Galeano was the only player to cross twice, with a number of Falcons scoring to get the win.

Henderson was particularly impressed with the spine, as well as a number of the team's forwards.

"Scotty Galeano had his best game for a long time for us - he got across the line a couple of times and defended really well," Henderson said.

"Laz (Vaalepu) was as strong as usual and Sam Burns also did a great job.

"I'm incredibly happy with our spine. Danny Heenan played for nearly 80 minutes and Luke (Polselli) and Cody (Hunter) in the halves with Zac (Miles) back at fullback, we were really connected for the whole game."

Heenan. Photo: Benny Hassum/QRL
Heenan. Photo: Benny Hassum/QRL

With a logjam in the middle of the table as the competition edges closer to the final third of the regular season, Henderson was pleased with the win but knows there is a lot more required if the Falcons are to make a finals run.

He said while they can take confidence from the win over the Clydesdales, he knows a similar performance may not stand up against some of the teams currently sitting at the top end of the table.

"It's being more consistent with our footy and being more consistent in those tough moments," he said.

"We still had some moments where we took a soft option and it hurt us today. It will hurt you tenfold against the teams at the top of the ladder.

"Our intensity needs to keep lifting and it's in a good place but how we're playing now isn't going to win the comp in 10 to 14 weeks."

There are two games remaining in Round 15, with Souths Logan Magpies to play host to the Norths Devils from 2pm on Sunday.

In the feature broadcast match, the Burleigh Bears and Tweed Seagulls will meet in the famous Gold Coast rivalry at Burleigh's UAA Park.

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