Round 2 Details
Redcliffe 20 (Asher Elamani 2, Phil Daisy, Bob Jones tries, Tim Benson 2 goals) def Ipswich 16 (Wade Watson, Tim McIlwain, Lachlan Sippel tries, Tim McIlwain 2 goals)
Redcliffe led 14-6 at half-time and held on to win 20-16 with Ipswich denied an potential equalising try in the last minute. Ipswich played the last 20 minutes with 12 men after centre Tyson Lofipo, who had been a real handful for the Redcliffe defence was sent off following a scuffle after a tackle form which two Redcliffe players are on report.
Aspley 42 (Michael Bond 2, Chris Bella 2, Matthew Baird, Jacob Fauid, Troyden Edwards, Matt Bailey tries, Jacob Fauid 3, Scott Millar 2 goals) def Tweed Heads 12 (Brad Mason, Brodie Williams, Trent Iselin tries)
MATCH REPORT (from WEBMINDER):
This match was the new team Aspley's first game at their home ground Kirby Park.
The highlight of the first half was the combination between Jacob Fauid and centre Michael Bond, who despite being named initially in the CLydesdales side played Colts. The first try 15 minutes into the game was scored by Fauid after passes between the two players. Two minutes later Fauid kicked downfield and the ball was touched by a Seagulls player before going into touch. From the scrum feed on the 10 metre line Bond scored, followed by another try to him in the 23rd minute.
The second stanza of the first half saw the left hand side of the field increasing and improving their handling of the ball, with centre Bella running in 2 tries in the 27th and 30th minute.
In the 35th minute, Trent Iselin from the Seagulls chip kicked and then doubled around to receive the pass to score to make the half time score 26 to 4.
Tweed Heads poor ball handling and completion of sets in the first half kept them out of the game.
Fauid was not on the field in the second half (due to a hand injury) and initially Aspley lost their control on the game and the winger for Tweed scored after 5 minutes. Their combinations gradually improved however and fifteen minutes into the second half, Aspley progressed downfield with some good hitups. A neat grubber kick by five eighth Tallon was dived on to score by Troyden Edwards to make the score 30 to 8.
Iselin set up Tweed's Brodie WIlliams for a try on the right side of the field in the 25th minute.
Not long after this, a beautiful spiral bomb by Bond looked to pay off for Aspley but Edwards knocked the ball on over the try line.
Eventually Aspley's Matt Bailey scored in the 33rd minute, followed by MAtthew Baird in the 35th minute.
Aspley used 4 kickers today for a total of five out of eight conversions and Tweed Heads kicker Iselin was unable to convert any of their three tries.
Burleigh 12 (Jack MacGougan, Mitchell Herlihy tries, Matt Paratta 2 goals) def Western Districts 6 (Lachlan Gowland try, Mataika Vatuvei goal)
A tight match throughout with Burleigh scoring early, but the Panthers scoring right on half-time to go to the break at 6 all. A converted try to Burleigh was the only score of the second half, against a much improved Panther outfit.
Easts 28 (David Woods 2, Pueki Ofanhengaue 2, Matthew Klein tries, Brent Kuskey 4 goals) def Norths 14 (Daniel Isaac, Luke Samoa, Jay Aston tries, Luke Samoa goal)
The first twenty minutes of this match gave little indication of what was to follow. The Devils started their first home match of the season in devastating fashion, seemingly making breaks at will, with only poor finishing costing them a host of tries. They did score two tries in this time, the first when halfback Michael Tamariki bounced a pass off Will Chambers head for Luke Samoa to grab it and score in the corner. Their next try was a little more orthodox with a nice offload from Rohan "Rocky" Ahern close to the line saw Daniel Isaac score. Neither try was converted, and with Easts handling poorly Norths seemed to have the game well in control leading 8-0. Easts dropsy seemed to spread to Norths and in a half where both sides' completion rates dropped below 50% it seemed inevitable that one of these mistakes would be costly, and so it proved with Easts centre Matthew Klein swooping on a Norths error in their own 20m zone to score a simple try, with the Tigers closing to within 4 points at the break. The try came just after Israele Folau was put on report for a high tackle, the first of 3 Norths player to be put on report in what turned out to be a forgettable day for the Devils.
Norths started the second half with much better ball control and extended their lead to 14-4 when Jay Aston burrowed over from dummy-half after 7 minutes and they seemed to have the match back in control. Easts struck back on their next set however when a grubber from replacement halfback Todd Hair hit the base of the upright allowing impressive fullback David Woods to touch down. This seemed to lift the Tigers and 2 minutes later they were in again when a simple blndside move on the fifth tackle for Pueki Ofahengaue to score, and suddenly it was 14 all. Easts forwards really started to make ground up the middle and on the back of successive penalties, including one from which centre WIll Chambers was put on reports, had Norths pinned in their own territory. With 15 minutes to go David Woods dived over from dummy half for his second try and the conversion of this try and a penalty goal for a professional foul 3 minutes later the Tigers had scored 18 points in 12 minutes and held an 8 point lead with Norths' prop Adam Kambouris in the sin bin. Norths had a couple of opportunities to score but poor handling let them down, and their day was pretty much summed up when fullback Jarrad Stack was put on report, then a great hit by winger David Tyrrell saw Norths again cough the ball up and Ofanhengaue stroll over with captain Brent Kuskey's sideline conversion putting a full stop on an impressive 28-14 upset.
For Easts fullback David Woods was impressive, and their left side combination of Ofahengaue and Tyrrell doing some great work. David Goergiou was solid at five-eight but it was the forwards who lifted in the second half that deserve a lot of credit for the win. Props Josh Roberts, Tyrone Omundsin and Deacon Johnston particularly did some great work and hooker Kuskey was dangerous around the rucks.
For Norths Rohan Ahern went well and WIll Chambers went well with limited opportunity. Jay Aston did a lot of work in the forwards, and Isaac Schwenke and Kambouris had some good moments, although overall the team was very inconsistent. They clearly missed young halfback Luke Capewell who was ruled out with an eye injury
CHANGES TO LISTED TEAM: Easts: Lachlan Pilon out; Todd Hair in; Norths: Luke Capewell, Scott Idec out; James Friske, Steve Beaumont in
STATS: Pens Easts 10-5; Scrums Norths 9-4; Completions Norths 18/34, Easts 26/40
Sunshine Coast 32 (Danny McMah, David Brown, Chris McGill, Ben Harney, Steve McPhee, Henry Tardent tries, Ben Whiddon 4 goals) def Souths-Logan 26 (Chris Sandow, Tom Fisher, Antonio Winterstein, Matt Sepelini, Jeremiah Walters tries, Chris Sandow 3 goals)
The SUnshine Coast Falcon Colts scored the first win for the fledgling club by beating Souths-Logan in a thriller.
Ipswich Jets v Redcliffe Dolphins Sat 12:45pm QLD Group Stadium
Ipswich will be looking to put a disappointing start to the season against Burleigh last week behind them in their first home game of the season. Redcliffe had the bye last week so this is their first comp game after some promising trial form. The 'phins have a good mix of new and experienced Colts player. The matchup between 2005 Colts top-tryscorer Matt Gillett and newly signed Titan Tyson Lofipo in the centres should be a highlight. "THE COMPUTER" tips Redcliffe by 10.
Aspley Devils v Tweed Heads Seagulls Sat 3:30pm Kirby Park
Aspley started with a patchy win over fellow newcomers Sunshine Coast Falcons whilst Tweed pushed fellow Seagulls Wynnum-Manly all the way before going down by 12 at Kougari. Aspley have been further hit by suspension and Clydesdale call-ups on top of a number of injuries, whilst Tweed will field an unchanged side, and will have learned heaps from last week's loss. Should be a close one and could go either way. "THE COMPUTER" tips Aspley by 2.
Western Districts v Burleigh Bears Sat 4:00pm Kev McKell Oval
Western Districts could hardly have had a worse start to the season with a very disappointing loss to Easts, and their preparations for this match have been hampered by injury concerns, with a final team not to be named till tonight. Burleigh had an easy win over an Ipswich side beset wuth "dropsy" and will be looking to make it 2 from 2, despite centre Hayden Allsop still being retained for Qld Cup duty. "THE COMPUTER" tips Burleigh by 8.
MATCH OF THE ROUND:
Norths Devils v Easts Tigers Sun 11:45am Bishop Park
With both teams coming off impressive wins last week end, this should be a great game. Whilst the young Norths side has more representative talent, the Easts side performed very well as a team, with 5/8 David Georgiou in fine form and Lachlan Tanzer devastating off the bench. Norths Captain Dean Frankcom is battling a back problem to be fit and would be missed. Young winger Issie Folau grabbed a hat-trick last week and will be dangerous. "THE COMPUTER" tips Norths by 8.
Sunshine Coast v Souths-Logan Magpies Sun 1:30pm Quad Pk
Sunshine Coast put on a good first half performance in their competition debut against Aspley last week, but faded in the second half. Souths-Logan similarly faded in the second half against Norths. There should be plenty of desperation, with neither side wanting to start the season with two losses. The move of Chris Sandow to fullback for the Magpies should be interesting. "THE COMPUTER" tips Souths-Logan by 10.