By Michael Nunn & Rikki-Lee Arnold
Round 10 of the Hastings Deering Colts competition will start with a bang as a number of the competition’s heavyweights meet, setting the tone for a big weekend ahead.
One of the first matches of the round will see the first-placed Central Queensland Capras and third-placed Redcliffe Dolphins clash on Saturday afternoon, while the Brisbane Tigers will go up against Townsville Blackhawks, bringing together another two teams at the pointy end of the competition.
The Blackhawks are currently sitting in second, while the Tigers are in seventh – but the Tigers sit just four points behind the Blackhawks on the ladder, reflecting how close the competition is at this stage of the season.
It’s been a full 12 months since the Blackhawks and Tigers last came together and it was the Tigers who won by two points.
This week the Blackhawks are coming off a loss to the Capras while the Tigers are coming off a loss to Wynnum Manly Seagulls.
Both teams will have things to fix this week. The Tigers will have to go back to basics and fix their first 40 minutes after it took them a while to get started against Wynnum Manly – 43 minutes to be exact and by that time Wynnum Manly were up 14-0.
But despite the slow start, Tigers coach Mark Gliddon thought the performance was not too bad from his team.
“The game against Wynnum was old-fashioned and we really got stuck into each other,” Gliddon said.
“We are both coming off a loss so someone is going to lose two in a row after this weekend.
“We have reviewed their loss to the Capras and they are a good team. Both teams are good teams so we need to just prepare for the Blackhawks.
“They’re going to have Jordan Lipp back from Cup so he’s a danger for us.”
Despite the result, the Tigers had some heavy hitters, with Sione Finau scoring two tries to wake the Tigers up. He also registered two line breaks for his hard work.
The Tigers’ wingers have also impressed coach Gliddon.
“Our wingers are very young but they’re very much what you want in a 2022 winger – lean, can jump, and fast,” Gliddon said.
“Finau and Ariki Wallace have been great. They both make great metres and have a real impact.”
The Blackhawks came away from their loss to the Capras without the two points but plenty to learn. It was a tight game with only two points at half-time separating the teams.
The Blackhawks just dipped away at the end and the Capras finished strongly with three second half tries.
Meanwhile, the Tigers were felled by Wynnum Manly, who had a great win at home over the Tigers 22-14 last week. Wynnum Manly started well and that momentum carried them through until the end.
Luke Phillips was a gun for Wynnum Manly, kicking three goals and making two line breaks and 221 metres with a try.
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Main photo: Lachlan West by Jim O’Reilly/QRL