Round 7 saw a number of big scorelines and two games that came down to the wire, as three sides remain undefeated in 2018. All that and more in this week’s Hastings Deering Colts wrap.
Sunshine Coast 44 def. Ipswich 8
Sunshine Coast proved far too strong for the last placed Jets, defeating them by 36 points on Saturday afternoon. The Falcons had the game wrapped up by half time, as they lead 34-4 at the break. Winger Rueben Olive scored his second try in the second half, while centre Augustus Rangihuna finished with a 16-point haul. Jets’ fullback Denzel Burns, making his HDC debut, scored both of the Jets’ tries, as they remain winless in 2018.
Northern Pride 56 def. CQ Capras 6
The Northern Pride kept their unbeaten streak alive with a 50-point thumping of the Capras in Emerald. Much like the Falcons-Jets game, it was over by half time as the Pride lead 36-0. The Pride ran in 10 tries, with winger Joshtel Charlie and centre Marc Naleba picking up doubles, while halfback Jack Campagnolo recorded a personal tally of 20 points. The Pride now sit 3rd, while the Capras are on a two-game losing streak.
Mackay 22 drew with Redcliffe 22
The Cutters and Dolphins played out a 22-all draw as the curtain raiser to the Cowboys-Titans NRL game at 1300SMILES Stadium. Mackay scored first through fullback Jayden O’Shannessy before Redcliffe took control. The Dolphins lead 22-6, thanks to a double to fullback Sam Armstrong, and looked in control until the Cutters stormed back into the contest. Tries to Ryan Schill and a double to O’Shannessy (to complete his hat trick) levelled the game with 5 minutes to play. Neither side could take the lead in the final moments, as they split the competition points in Townsville.
Easts Tigers 22 def. Tweed Heads 18
Easts bounced back from a big loss in Round 6 to hand Tweed Heads their third straight defeat. Tweed jumped out to a 16-6 half time lead before the Tigers fought back to level the scores in the 54th minute when halfback Joel Hughes scored his second try. Tweed retook the lead within the last 10 minutes through a Bayley Gill penalty goal but it didn’t last long. Tigers’ winger Luke Self crossed in the 68th minute for his second try to give his side a last gasp victory. The win moves Easts into 8th spot, while Tweed remain stuck in 13th.
Souths Logan 42 def. Western Mustangs 18
A dominant first half set up a big 24-point win for Souths Logan over the Mustangs on Sunday afternoon. The Magpies ran in 8 tries by 8 different try scorers, 5 of those in the first half as they lead 28-4 at the break. The Mustangs gave themselves a chance early in the second, with 3 tries in 7 minutes to cut the lead to 10 points. The Magpies would soon restore order though, with tries to BJ Oates, Ashton Watson and Jacob Alick sealing the victory. The loss was the Mustangs fourth in a row, with the side winless since Round 3.
Townsville 46 def. Norths Devils 6
Townsville remain undefeated in 2018 after a dominant 40-point victory over Norths at Jack Manski Oval. The Blackhawks ran in 4 first half tries to lead 24-0 at half time and added 4 more after the break. Second rowers Campbell Duffy and Tom Gilbert both scored doubles in the win, which saw the Blackhawks stay at the top of the ladder. The loss was the second in succession for Norths, who currently sit in 6th position.
Burleigh 22 def. Victoria 4
Burleigh scored their second straight win and handed Victoria their second straight loss with a 18-point win away from home. The Bears lead 10-0 at the break and pushed their lead to 22 before the Thunderbolts scored their only try through centre Sale Finau. Burleigh captain Apiata Noema opened the scoring, while fullback Corey Alexander crossed for a hat trick. The win moves the Bears to 10 competition points, level with Victoria, who sit one spot ahead on the ladder.
Wynnum Manly – BYE
|Top try scorers||Top point scorers|
|8 Jayden O’Shannessy (Mackay)||54 Jack Campagnolo (Northern Pride)|
|7 Junior Ratuva (Victoria)||52 Kye Oates (Souths Logan)|
|6 Corey Alexander (Burleigh)||48 Shannon Gardiner (Wynnum)|
|6 Eli Noovao (CQ Capras)||42 Jack White (CQ Capras)|
|5 Sam Armstrong (Redcliffe)||40 Gerome Burns (Norths)|
|5 Sale Finau (Victoria)||34 Oscar Carter (Redcliffe)|
|5 Jalen Tangiiti-Turner (Wynnum)||32 Jayden O’Shannessy (Mackay)|
|5 Trent Toelau (Victoria)||32 Augustus Rangihuna (Sunshine Coast)|
|5 Solomon Vasuvulafi (Townsville)||31 Zakaria Taibi (Easts)|
|4 Eddie Blacker (Norths)||30 Cooper Johns (Victoria)|