Round 8 Details

Easts Tigers 46 (Brent Kuskey 2,  Chris Woods 2,, Matt Klein, Deacon Johnston, Todd Hair, Josh Quarton, Joe Richards tries; Todd Hair 3, Brent Kuskey, Joe Richards goals) def Sunshine Coast Falcons 10 (Henry Tardent, Bevan Fechner tries, Ben Whiddon goal)
The Easts Tigers hosted the Sunshine Coast Falcons at Langlands Park with the game being played after the televised Qld Cup clash between Easts and Nth Qld in which 17 year old David Tyrrell, the youngest ever Easts top grade player, and equal leading Colts try-scorer notched up a 4-pointer in their 46-16 defeat.
Easts started well with two line breaks from fullback David Wood saw tries to Matthew Klein and Brent Kuskey. Easts extended their lead to 14-0 after 18 minutes when interchange forward Deacon Johnston strolled through some paper thin defence with his first touch after Lachlan Tanzer had been held up over the line. Four minutes later they were in again when some good ball movement on the blind seeing Matthew Klein put Chris Woods over in the corner, Easts having completed 12/13 sets to that point. The next 13 minutes to half time can be best described as forgettable with both sides only managing to complete 2 of 16 sets between them with the Tigers holding a 18-0.
Five minutes the home side extended their lead to 24-0 when Todd Hair darted over and converted his on try. Two further tries in the next 8 minutes, the first from dummy half by Brent Kuskey and the second to Chris Woods after a Falcons error had the game well and truly beyond doubt at 34-0 with 20 mins to go. The visitors finally got on the ball with 15 mins remaining when winger Henry Tardent intercepted with Easts looking like scoring and ran 90 metres to score. Josh Quarton burrowed over from dummy half to extend the lead to 40-6, but the Falcons struck back when a neat inside ball saw Bevan Fechner cross. Easts completed the scoring when Joe Richards crossed wide out and converted to make the final score 46-10.
For the Tigers Brent Kuskey went well in the forwards as did Josh Quarton and John Helu whilst David Wood and Todd Hair went well in the backs along with centre Matt Klein. Ben Whiddon played well for the Falcons as did prop Isaac Eagleton.
STATS: Penalties: Easts 4 -3; Scrums: Sunshine Coast 7 - 6; Completions: Easts 23/37, Sunshine Coast 16/31
Tweed Heads Seagulls 40 (Matt Lindsay 2, Kiel Jaeger, Zane McCarthy, William Matthews, Adam Darby, David Baumann tries; Kiel Jaeger 6 goals) def Western District Panthers 12 (Adam Breen 2, Dylan Castle tries)
Despite handling poorly Tweed Heads led 16-8 against a disappointing Panthers side. With Matt Lindsay leading the way alternating between halfback and hooker Tweed ran away to win 40-12.
Redcliffe Dolphins 30  (Tim Benson 2, Asher Elemani, Joel Romelo, Sam Schull, Tom Donnelly tries; Tim Benson 2, Tom Donnelly goals) drew Aspley Devils 30 ( Troyden Edwards, Jacob Fauid, Keiron Lander, Nathan Strudwick, Alex Tallon tries, Jacob Fauid 5 goals)
Redcliffe ran with the breeze in the first half on a very warm day on the peninsula in what turned out to be an enthralling battle with the Aspley Devils, who welcomed back Jacob Fauid, Josh Costello and Nathan Strudwick to their side.  It was in fact Strudwick who opened the scoring in the match when he scored from close range, which was a portent of things to come as both sides struggeled to hold out the opposition once they got into their 20 metre zone. Redcliffe struck back 7 minutes later when a neat inside ball put Matt Handcok in some space and his offload was picked up by Redcliffe hooker Tim Benson, his conversion levelling the scores. ASpley again took the lead 10 minutes before half time when a good ball from Charlie Fetoia put Alex Tallon in a gap on the half way, and he beat the fullback coming across to score.  Just before the break Asher Elemani weaved his way through some tiring defence after a repeat set from a neat chip kick, but the close range conversion was missed and the visitors went to the break leading 12-10.
The second half saw the lead change an incredible five times as neither team could grab the upper hand. The home side grabbed the lead only 3 minutes into the second stanza when a trademark Foisa Peni offload saw Joel Romelo score under the posts, but Aspley soon struck back when after what turned out to be their only penalty of the second half (which also saw Matt Handcock put on report), Troyden Edwards smashed his way over, with Jacob Fauid's faultless goalkicking restoring the Devil's two point margin. A break down the blind side by Matt Gillett saw the Dolphins take the lead with 15 mins remaining when his inside ball hit the ground but then bounced into the in-goal area where it was dived on by Tom Donnelly. Pure determination from Keiron Lander saw him score the next try when he powered over in the corner from dummy half with Fauid again knocking over the conversion across the wind. A mistake on the second tackle after the kickoff invited Redcliffe back into the game and they took full advantage with Sam Schull crashing over near the posts, the conversion putting Redcliffe up 26-24 with 7 minutes remaining. It looked to be all over for the Devils when Tim Benson scored from dummy half in the 66th minute after the Aspley kick-off went dead on the full but the conversion went wide leaving the Dolphins 6 points in front. Aspley got the chance they needed with the kick-off again going perilously close to the dead ball line only for Redcliffe to drop the ball. Aspley took full advantage and on the back of some good dummy-half running, Jacob Fauid crossed beside the posts, his conversion locking the scores at 30 all. Aspley had a chance to snatch the match in the final minute when Charlie Fetoia made a long break but his pass to his support was knocked down and the match ended in a draw.
For Redcliffe David Hala in the front row had a great games as did second rowers Foisa Peni and Matt Hadcock. The halves Asher Elamani and Joel Romelo went well as did centre Matt Gillett. For Aspley Keiron Lander and Charlie Fetoia had tremendous games well backed up by Nathan Strudwick, Troyden Edwards and Simona Vavega in the forwards and Alex Tallon and Chris Minehan in the backs. Jacob Fauid was solid on his return from injury., and his goalkicking was superb.
STATS: Penalties: Redcliffe 7 - 5; Scrums: Aspley 4 - 2; Completions: Redcliffe 25/33, Aspley 22/30
MATCH OF THE ROUND: Souths-Logan Magpies 26  (Mase Laulu Togagae 2, Sam Setu, Toe Faaee, Chris Sandow tries; Mase Laulu Togagae 3 goals) def Burleigh Bears 22 (Tim Matenga, Ryan Wilson, Dominick Devitt, Daniel Desousa tries; Marty Paulson 3 goals)
An enthralling battle with a top 5 spot on the line. Burleigh went to the break leading 16-12 but were unable to hold on with Souths-Logan breaking a 22-all deadlock with the winning try with 5 minutes remaining. Mase Laulu-Togagae was outstanding for the Magpies, and their win propels them into the Top 5. Five players were put on report in two separate incidents.
Norths Devils 58  (Israel Folau 3, Will Chambers 2, Ben Matterson 2, Daniel Isaac, Luke Capewell, Isaac Schwenke, Jarrad Stack tries; Luke Samoa 7 goals) def Wynnum-Manly Seagulls 12 (Matt Smith, Shaun Cotter tries, JBrendan O'Neill 2 goals)
The Norths backs tore apart the Wynnum side with Issie Folau picking up a hat trick as Norths raced to a 38-0 lead at half-time. Wynnum showed a bit more fight in the second stanza but still went down 58-12 to forfeit their spot in the top 5, whilst Norths retain the competition lead on for-and-against from Easts.

MATCH PREVIEWS: May 5/6, 2006
The teams return after a break for the Divisional Carnival
East Tigers v Sunshine Coast Falcons Sat 3:45pm  Langlands Park
Easts field a side still woithout David Georgiou and Puki Ofahenguae (suspended)  and David Tyrell (QCup) but bolstered by the return from injury of 5/8 Joe Zinghini who has shown considerable promise. Easts were walloped at their last start by Souths-Logan but it is hard to the see the Falcons repeating the dose.    "THE COMPUTER" tips Easts by 14.
Western District Panthers v Tweed Heads Seagulls  Sat 4:00pm  Kev McKell Oval
Both teams ran out winners at their last starts, for the Panthers their first of the year.  Tweed's forwards were outstanding against Ipswich at theor last start and many of the Seagulls players will be desperate to atone for the poor performance of Southern at the Divisional titles whoch saw only 1 Tweed player make the possibles/probables side. An interesting selection for the weekend is Trent Iselin on the bench. "THE COMPUTER" tips Tweed by 8.
Redcliffe Dolphins v Aspley Devils Sun 11:45am  Redcliffe Dolphins
Three great games on at the same time on Sunday, all critical to the make-up of the top 5. In the first the equal first Dolphins host the out-of-form Aspley Devils who have lost at their two latest starts. Hard to get a handle on how they will go ths week as it is anyon'es guess what the  team that takes the field will look like, with some players named in the side also named for the Clydedales. Redcliffe's side has a much more settled look about it, although the return of flamboyant U18 winner Andrew Rickert to the side is interesting  "THE COMPUTER" tips Redcliffe by 12.
Burleigh Bears v Souths-Logan Magpies Sun 11.45am  Pizzey Parkl
Two teams outside the Top 5 feature in this week's "Match of the Round" with bith having notched up impressive wins over top 5 teams at their last starts - Burleigh over Aspley and Souths-Logan over Easts. The winner of this one will almost certainly move up to equal 5th position, or as high as equal 3rd, with the loser being left languishing in 7th or 8th place.  Burleigh will definitely dtruggle without injured three-quarter Matt Parata and may find it hard to control the big Magpie forwards and slick backs. "THE COMPUTER" tips Souths-Logan by 14.
Norths Devils v Wynnum Manly Seagulls  Sun 1:15pm  BMD Kougari Oval
Norths have had 3 weeks off courtesy of their bye before last weekend's carnival, but several of their players were involved in the carnival to keep their match fitness up. Wynnum Manly were disappointing in their last outing against Redcliffe and questions have been asked about their capability to match it with the top flight teams, particularly in defense.    "THE COMPUTER" tips Norths by 20.