Round 6 Details

MATCH OF THE ROUND: Norths Devils 44 (Luke Capewell 2, Aidan Guerra 2, Jason Poppi, Will Chambers, Israel Folau, Kieran Turner tries, Luke Samoa 6 goals) def Redcliffe Dolphins 18 (David Hala 2, Tom Benson tries, Tim Benson 3 goals)
I caught the first half of this match before heading off to Langlands. Redcliffe started well with big prop David Hala strolling through some soft defence to set up a 6-0 lead after only 5 minutes. This seemed to sting Norths into action and they struck back with two tries of their own, the first  with Jason Poppi goingthrough some soft defence and the second to Luke Capewll backing up a a good break by Kieran Turner. After 20 minutes they extended their lead to 14-6 when Will Chambers beat his opposition centre one-on-one after a scrum win, and five minutes later the home side went 14 points clear with a converted try to Israel Folau off a good wide ball.  Redcliffe needed some points before halftime amd managed it when Tim Benson recovered his own grubber kick, but this good work was cancelled out when the Dolphins made a mistake from the kickoff  and Aiden Guerra crossed just before halftime to set up a 26-12 lead. Norths went on with the job in the second half to run out comfortable 44-18 winners.
FIRST HALF STATS: Penalties: 2 -2 ; Scrums: Norths 4 - 3; Completions: Norths 13/20, Redcliffe 8/16
Ipswich Jets 24 (Nigel Naawi 2, Tyson Lofipo  2, Joseph Chudleigh tries, Tim McIlwain 2 goals) def Sunshine Coast Falcons 10 (Danny McMah, Steve McPhee tries, Ben Whiddon goal)
Oppressive heat greeted the two teams for what would turn into a very stop start game. Both teams were back to full strength, after representative commitments and a bye, and were ready for a great battle. Sunshine Coast started the game well with great ball control which saw them take an early 4 – 0 lead through a try from Danny McMah. The Sunshine Coast completion rate plummeted after that which opened up the opportunity for the Jets to get some good field position and apply some pressure to the Falcons. A weight of possession saw Ipswich attack the line and a great timed pass by Geoff Holcombe put new Southern Rep Joe Chudleigh into a hole and he scored out wide. Tim McIlwain failed with the attempt at goal and the scores were locked at 4-4. Continual errors from the Falcons proved costly and the Jets were there to capitalize on the mistake. A great show and go from McIlwain opened up a hole for winger Nigel Naawi to stroll over. McIlwain’s kick hit the upright and the Jets were ahead 8-4. Naawi was in again from some good lead up work by the halves with another missed goal, the Jets went into half time with a 12 – 4 lead.
The Second half started with many errors and non completions from both sides and it seemed the first team to actually apply some pressure and play with patience was going to be the winner. The Jets were the first to score through Tyson Lofipo when he barged over from close by. McIlwain converted his first goal of the day and the Jets led 18 – 4. Another drinks break and players were nearly at a standstill when the Flacons went over after some good lead up work from 5/8 Todd Wilson and Steve McPhee scored under the posts. The Jets held a 18-10 lead with ten minutes remaining. Lofipo scored his second try, again close to the line, used all his strength to carry three over, the try was converted and the Jets ran out winners 24 – 10. Best for the Jets were Alex Talifi, Geoff Holcombe, Mananui Te Heu Heu, while the Falcons were serve well by halves Todd Wilson and Ben Whiddon.
This would have been a great game of footy if the QRL or whoever is responsible for game times, had half a clue. Theses games need to be starting at 4:00 pm or later, if teams have TV commitments, play the Colts and A Grade after the Q Cup while we are in these hot conditions.
Penalties: Sunshine Coast 7 – 5; Scrums: Sunshine Coast  12 - 11
Easts Tigers 34 (Brent Kuskey 2, Matthew Klein 2, Chris Woods, David Wood, Pueki Ofahengaue tries, David Georgiou, Todd Hair, Dane Phillips goals) def Aspley Devils 26 (Charlie Fetoai, Alex Tallon, Matthew Baird, Troyden Edwards, Zac Webber tries, Scott Millar 3 goals)
Another extremely warm day for footy greeted the teams at Langlands Park for what was to prove to be a very entertaining match betweed the teams placed 2nd and 4th on the table. Both teams started fairly safely, concentrating on completions and after three penalties on the trot it was Easts who opened the scoring when hooker Brent Kuskey burrowed over from dummy-half after 10 mins. Five mins later the Tigers extended their lead to 8-nil with one of the tries of the season seeing centre Matthew Klein crossing wide out. Things were starting to look grim for the visitors as Fletcher Holmes and Bynjar Ragnarrson were both forced from the field with injury, the latter having toi return only partially fit fo r the second half, and a reserve bench with only 1 forward meant it was going to be a long hot day for the forwards. To Aspley's credit however they fought back, scoring 3 tries in 7 minutes to take a 16-8 lead 5 minutes before the break. Charlie Fetoia scored the first off interchange halfback's  Josh Costello grubber, but this saw more trouble for the Devils with Costello splitting his eye in an accidental head-clash, and with the trainers unable to stem the bleeding, Costello was a constant visitor to the blood bin from that poiint forward.  Fetoia turned provider for the second try, a great ball seeing stopgap centre Troyden Edwards crossing, and Alex Tallon spun over for th third after a wide ball from Rob Fisher on the 5th tackle. Probably the most critical try of the match came as the half-time hooter sounded when elusive Easts fullback David Wood scored under the posts, the conversion bring the home side within 2 points at the break.
Easts started the second half weel and within 10 minutes had scored another two tries, both from well-executed grubber kicks from David Wood and David Georgiou but missed conversions saw them only leading by 6 despite scoring 5 tties to 3 at this stage.  A determined effort from Aspley fullback Scott Millar narrowed the gap to 2 with 15 minutes remaining, but a converted dummy-half try to David Kuskey extended the lead to 8 points shortly after this. The undermanned visitors did not throw in the towel however and were again back within 2 with 7 minutes remaining wnd diminutiuve Zac Webber crossed off a Simona Vavega offload.  Interchange player Chris Woods sealed Aspley's fate however with a try with 4 minutes remaining, David Georgiou's sideline conversion destroying any hope of Aspley snatching a late draw and bring the final score to 34-26.
Easts again proved they will be a real force in the competition, and once again it was a rel team effort with everyone doing their job, hooker Brent Kuskey in particular outstanding.  David Tyrrell proved a real handful for the Aspley defence, and centre Matthew Klein also played strongly. John Helu tuned in a strong perfomance in the forwards and Chris Woods performed well off the interchange bench.
For Aspley, none was better than Simona Vavega who was close to best on the field,  ably supported by second row partner Michael Tierney, whilst Vaughan Eriksen did well off the bench.  In the backs 5/8 Charlie Fetoia went well whilst Alex Tallon did a lot of work in defence. The Aspley side face a concerning week with injury reports to come in on Holmes and Ragnarsson and hooker Keiron Lander and halfback Josh Costello both on report for incidents in the second half.
Penalties: Easts 9 – 5; Scrums: Aspley 8 - 4; Completion Rates:  Easts 22/32, Aspley 21/30
Souths-Logan Magpies 28 (Chris Sandow 2, Mase Laulu Togagae, Louis Makuare, Adam Power tries, Mase Laulu Togagae 4 goals) def Western Districts Panthers 16 (Dylan Castle, Matthew Butler, Kristain Freed tries, Michael Walker 2 goals)
The heat of the day had abated somewhat for the final Saturday match with Western Districts hosting Souths-Logan and hoping for their first win of the season. The Magpies were keen to stop them however and started well with tries to winger Louis Makuare and 5/8 Adam Power giving them an early 10-0 lead.  The home side struck back with a try to Matthew Butler, but soon found themselves trailing by 10 again when Mase Laulu crossed after a typical jinking run.  A great try by lanky Dylan Castle from a cross field bomb right on half-time closed the gap to 16-10 at the break.
The second half was a carbon copy of the first with the Magpies racking up an early try to the mercurial Chris Sandow when a grubber from Tom O'Connor rebounded off the posts, and Souths led by 12. The next 20 minutes was a real arm wrestle with great defence a feature. The Panthers eventually broke through with 8 minutes remaining with Troy Rowbotham crossing, Michael Walker's conversion from wide out getting them back within a converted try. Unfortunately for the home side this was to be the closest they would get with Sandow putting in a brilliant chip-kick, recovering and running 60 metres to score wide out to seal the match for the Magpies, Laulu's sideline conversion bringing up the final score of 28-16.
Sandow was simply brilliant and in the end probably the difference between the teams, although he was well supported by halfback Tom O'Connor and centre Mase Laul inthe backs and powerhouse front-rower James Pritchard in the forwards.
The Panthers had plenty of triers, with Liam McDonald again getting through a mountain of work and the new halves pairing of Chris Chaisty and Dean Sheppard going well.
Penalties: Western Districts 10 – 4; Scrums:Souths-Logan 10 - 8; Completion Rates:  WD 18/34, SL 17/32
Wynnum Manly Seagulls 19 (Ben Cronin, Shaun Cotter, Pat Noonan tries, Luke Menhinitt 3 goals, Matt Smith field goal) def Burleigh Bears 12 (Ben Thomas, Matt Parata, Mitch Herlihy tries)
Burleigh started well and scored three tries to one to lead 12-6 at halftime with goalkicking letting them down. Wynnum-Manly eventually wore them down in the second half to run out 19-12 winners with both sides scoring 3 tries, the goalkicking of Luke Menhinnitt and a field goal from Matt Smith proving the difference.

Another tough round for Tipsters, with 1 playing 3, and 2 playing 4.
Norths Devils  v Redcliffe Dolphins Sat 10:45am  Bishop Park
Both teams scored big victories against trial-weakened Southern Division sides last weekend, although Redcliffe did put in a forgettable second half, after a brilliant first one. Redcliffe will be strengthened by the return of players from AIS commitments and suspension, whilst Norths will also have nippy halfback Luke Capewell back. This should be a tremendous game.   "THE COMPUTER" tips Redcliffe by 6.
Ipswich Jets v Sunshine Coast Falcons  Sat 11:15am  QLD Group Stadium
Ipswich scored a dramatic one-point win over Souths-Logan last week, despite having several players away on representative duty. Sunshine Coast had the bye last weekend after a big loss in their first away game. Ipswich have been desperately unlucky to lose their previous home games against Redcliffe and Aspley and should make amends here. "THE COMPUTER" tips Ipswich by 18..
Easts Tigers v Aspley Devils Sat 11:45am  Langlands Park
Second plays fourth on the table in this one, although Aspley are undefeated, whilst Easts lost to Redcliffe in their last outing at home. Easts had a tremendous win against Wynnum last week, whilst Aspley struggled to win against bottom-of-the-table Western Districts, just getting out of jail as they had the previous week against Ipswich. Tiger winger David Tyrell has been in devastating form and is 3 tries clear at the top of the competition try-scorers list and will have to be watched. Aspley welcome back Josh Costello from suspension and will have to improve dramatically to win, but certainly have the talent to do it.  "THE COMPUTER" tips Aspley by 6.
Western Districts Panthers v Souths-Logan Magpies Sat 4.00pm  Kev McKell Oval
Both teams led their games till late in the second half last week before going down, and will be looking at this game as an opportunity to pick up some much-needed competition points. The Panthers have lost their kiwi halfback Mataika Vatuvei for 3 months, but will welcome back Chris Chaisty from suspension, with Chaisty slotting into halfback. The Magpies will have Chris Sandow back from AIS duty and it could be hos brilliance that turns the game, although the visitors will have to keep their eye on hooker Brendan Altadonna who has been in great form. "THE COMPUTER" tips Souths-Logan by 8.
Burleigh Bears v Wynnum Manly Seagulls  Sun 11:45am  Pizzey Park
Both teams suffered unexpectedly large losses lat week, although Burleigh had the excuse of players backing up from rep duties the previous day, and did put in a 24-0 second half after being behind Redcliffe 46-0 at the break. Wynnum's complete capitualtion to Easts was most unexpected given they had been in good form till then. This is a real tough game to pick as it depends on what team decides to "turn up on the day".  "THE COMPUTER" tips Wynnum by 8.