Hastings Deering Colts wrap – Round 5

Jack Cornford

Victoria remained undefeated and top of the ladder after a heavyweight clash with Norths in Round 5, while the Sunshine Coast recorded their first win of the season. All that and more in this week’s Hastings Deering Colts wrap.

Townsville 18 def. Tweed Heads 16
The Blackhawks left it until late to keep their unbeaten streak alive, coming from 10 points down to defeat Tweed Heads. Townsville got on the board first through prop Solomon Vasuvulagi before Seagulls got out to a 16-6 lead halfway through the second half. Two tries in the final 10 minutes won it for the Blackhawks, with Adam Cook converting Jake Riley’s try in the 68th minute to take the lead and the victory.

Victoria 34 def. Norths Devils 18
The Thunderbolts had to overcome a 12-point half time deficit to earn their fourth straight win and remain on top of the ladder. Norths got off to a bright start with early tries to Eliott Vincent and Tom Best, before another late first half try gave them an 18-6 lead going into the break. The second half was a completely different story, as Victoria scored 28 unanswered points. Thunderbolts’ halfback Cooper Johns scored two tries and kicked five goals in the victory.

CQ Capras 52 def. Ipswich 4
Central Queensland moved into the top 4 thanks to a massive 48-point win over Ipswich in Yeppoon. Leading 22-4 at the break, the Capras piled on 30 second half points, which included a double to winger and captain Zaine Hammond. Interchange forward Zatana Tupouno-Pomare also got in the try scoring, picking up a double himself. Ipswich remain on the bottom of the ladder, still without a win in 2018.

Easts Tigers 30 def. Redcliffe 10
Easts picked up their second straight win after defeating the winless Dolphins by 20 points. Tigers’ debutant Sebastian Winters-Chang opened the scoring with a try in the 5th minute, with a James Price try soon adding to Easts lead. Redcliffe then fought back with two tries to tie the game going into half time. Second half tries to Zakaria Taibi and Luke Kisaloff extended Easts’ lead before a late try to prop Tiui Misi sealed the win.

Wynnum Manly 32 def. Souths Logan 16
A dominant first half set up Wynnum Manly’s 32-16 win over Souths Logan on Sunday afternoon. The Seagulls shot out to a 20-4 lead in the first half, with halfback David Quinlan scoring a double. Souths Logan hit back early in the second half with tries to Sam Tolu and Kye Oates to cut the lead to 4. Two Wynnum tries in the final 10 minutes sealed the win for the Seagulls as they remain undefeated in 2018.

Sunshine Coast 32 def. Western Mustangs 14
The Sunshine Coast opened their account for 2018, defeating the Mustangs by 18 points. The Falcons lead 10-4 at half time before the Mustangs stormed back to take the lead 14-10 early in the second. A four try blitz in the final 19 minutes by the Sunshine Coast, which included a double to lock Jake Egan, gave them their first win of the season and the Mustangs’ second straight loss.

Burleigh, Mackay, Northern Pride – BYE


Click here for Hastings Deering Colts ladder

Top try scorers Top point scorers
6 Junior Ratuva (Victoria) 40 Gerome Burns (Norths)
5 Trent Toelau (Victoria) 38 Cooper Johns (Victoria)
4 Eddie Blacker (Norths) 36 Shannon Gardiner (Wynnum Manly)
4 Zaine Hammond (CQ Capras) 32 Kye Oates (Souths Logan)
4 Michael McGrath (Norths) 32 Jack White (CQ Capras)
4 Eli Noovao (CQ Capras) 31 Zakaria Taibi (Easts)
4 Jayden O’Shannessy (Mackay) 24 Jack Campagnolo (Northern Pride)
4 Zakaria Taibi (Easts) 24 Junior Ratuva (Victoria)
4 Jalen Tangiiti-Turner (Wynnum Manly) 22 Duarne Dempsey (Townsville)
4 Solomon Vasuvulagi (Townsville) 22 Wally Pegler (Western Mustangs)
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