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Dolphins looking for consistency as they prepare for Magpies

Dolphins looking for consistency as they prepare for Magpies (Photo: Dylan Parker Photography / QRL)
Dolphins looking for consistency as they prepare for Magpies (Photo: Dylan Parker Photography / QRL)

Dolphins looking for consistency as they prepare for Magpies

Author : Michael Nunn QRL correspondent

Dolphins looking for consistency as they prepare for Magpies

Redcliffe Dolphins swam away from Round 3 of the Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup with a win over Brisbane Tigers 30-12 and head into this weekend ready to face Souths Logan Magpies.

The Dolphins reversed their Round 2 form, going from losing to the Tweed Seagulls 32-10 to completing an impressive win over the Tigers.

Coach Jamie Floss will be searching for some positive consistency this week when the Dolphins head home to host the undefeated Magpies.

“We didn’t change much from week two to week three, the score changed, but that was about it,” Floss said.

“It’s finding that consistency within the game, not allowing parts of the game to drift.”

Match : Dolphins v Magpies
ROUND 4 – SATURDAY 19TH MARCH 3:30pm
Venue : Moreton Daily Stadium, Redcliffe
Match broadcasters : Qplus

The Dolphins started well and attacked with venom, with two tries in the first eight minutes through Jacob Laban and Will McCulloch getting them a dream start.

Jayden Alefaio liked the look of this and got in on the act with two tries in six minutes.

“Alefaio is playing out of postion for us and doing a great job, he is normally in the centres but we have him on the wing,” Floss said.

“He’s great at bringing the ball back for us and gets our sets off to a great start.”

Drew Timms filled in at a number of roles and got them all done.

“He’s the heart of this team, he’s a real leader,” Floss said.

Redcliffe Dolphins in action against Tweed Seagulls. Photo: Dylan Parker Photography / QRL

Redcliffe Dolphins in action against Tweed Seagulls. Photo: Dylan Parker Photography / QRL

This week will be a test for the Dolphins, however, coming up against the red-hot Magpies who posted a resounding 58-6 win in their last game.

The Magpies were led by reliable performers like Blake Mozer, whose football is the made bed of this competition, organised with all the corners tucked in.

Mozer has been guiding the Magpies around well, with Jye Gray and Tim Sielaff-Burns also standouts in the side.

“We will be minimising our mistakes and giving ourselves the best chance to make sure that we are in the game with a great attitude,” Floss said.

“We won’t be intimidated by them, they’re a great team, but we need to be ready to be physical.”

Match : Seagulls v Tigers
ROUND 4 – SATURDAY 19TH MARCH
Venue : Piggabeen Sports Complex, Tweed Heads

Match broadcasters : Qplus

Tweed Seagulls had the week off in Round 3, while their opponents this weekend, Brisbane Tigers, were tamed by the Dolphins in their 30-12 loss.

The Tigers have had a tough start to the season with two loses, so this week, a positive performance is important to gaining some confidence and move forward.

Match: Jets v Bulls
ROUND 4 – SATURDAY 19TH MARCH 2:30pm
Venue : North Ipswich Reserve, Ipswich

Match broadcasters : Qplus

Ipswich Jets lost by six points to Sunshine Coast Falcons last weekend in an outing that showed improvement. Tyler Peckham-Harris was great at fullback for the Jets with 216 metres, while Regan Payne made 25 tackles.

Overall, the Jets controlled the ball well, making more line breaks than the Falcons, but they just couldn’t finish with a win.

The Jets will be looking to make better use of their 32 tackle breaks when they take on the Bulls this weekend.

The Bulls were charging at the Clydesdales last weekend, with a try to Connor Yeates in the second minute. However, they came unstuck when their defence let the Clydesdales score twice before they could add points again.

Bailey Nash scored three tries for the Bulls and was a danger with the ball.

Match  : Cutters v Pride
ROUND 4 – SATURDAY 19TH MARCH 3:30pm
Venue : BB Print Stadium, Mackay

Match broadcasters : Qplus

Cutters came back against the Blackhawks last weekend, but it wasn’t enough to tame the wild Townsville beast that claimed a comprehensive 38-6 win.

Baden Robinson did his best to make some ground with 154 metres and topped the tackle count with 33 tackles in a great effort on a losing team for Mackay.

Mackay just missed too many tackles and will have to get that right this week against the Pride.

The Pride had a great first win over the Capras with Jason Hallie making a giant 246 metres for the Pride with Cain Hastie leading the way with 25 tackles.

Cameron Nelson made a nonstop effort against the Capras, playing the full 70 minutes.

Match: Falcons v Clydesdales
ROUND 4 – SATURDAY 19TH MARCH 4:30pm
Venue : Maroochydore JRL, Sunshine Coast

Match broadcasters : Qplus

Sunshine Coast will be happy with their 24-18 win over Ipswich last weekend. The Falcons sarted well and kept it going to make sure Ipswich couldn’t finish the game over the top of them.

Jayden Smith showed commitment to his tackling art with 33 tackles. Mason Kira was also great in the second row for the Falcons.

Their opposition this weekend is a Clydesdales side that came away from Round 3 with a 34-22 win against Wide Bay Bulls. They dominated the ball use with seven-line breaks and 32 tackle breaks.

On the other side of the ball in defence they missed a low 23 tackles.

Bailey Nash was outstanding with three tries.

Player to bank on – Bailey Nash Player to bank on – Bailey Nash

Match : WM Seagulls v Bears
ROUND 4 – SUNDAY 20TH MARCH 12:00pm
Venue : BMD Kougari Oval, Brisbane

Match broadcasters : Qplus

Wynnum Manly would be keen to push aside their last round against Souths Logan and will take on Burleigh Bears this weekend with a new plan. The Seagulls just missed too many tackles and couldn’t stop the bleeding.

The Bears will be looking to take their first half defence and second half attack and put them together.

Josiah Pahulu was a ground-making machine, gaining 237 metres for the Bears and Joseph Shannon made two-line breaks.

Burleigh made 53 tackle breaks overall, but missed 70 tackles.

Match: Blackhawks v Capras
ROUND 4 – SUNDAY 20TH MARCH 3:00pm
Venue : Jack Manski Oval, Townsville

Match broadcasters : Qplus

Townsville’s Zac Lamont was a stand-out performer for the Blackhawks last weekend where his kicking game was a strong weapon against the Cutters.

Taking on the Capras this weekend, the Central Queensland side will need to put pressure on Lamont and not let him have all the time he wants to place his kicks perfectly.

The Capras were so close against the Pride, but couldn’t get the job finished.

Matthew Hill climbed a hill with 192 metres and made a line break.

William Lewis, Bailey Cavanough and Jaiden Green really took it to the Pride.

This year, you can watch QRL statewide competition matches at QPlus.tv.

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