The Redcliffe Dolphins have been beaten soundly by the Burleigh Bears in their round-three Hostplus Cup match on the Gold Coast.
The Dolphins were always behind on the scoreboard after the Bears struck first with a cross-field kick to put their winger over the line on the way to a 36-10 victory.
First-half points kept coming for the Bears, scoring and successfully converting three tries and getting a penalty goal right on halftime.
Dolphins’ second rower Jarrett Boland was sent for ten minutes in the sin bin for taking out a player in a try-scoring opportunity right on halftime.
The Bears had kept the Dolphins scoreless in the first half, going into the break leading by 20 points.
The Dolphins had a lot of hard work to do in the second half with only 12 players, but the Bears came out in the second half in the same fashion they did in the first half, scoring just seven minutes into the half.
The Dolphins’ first try came from a flick pass out the back from Jack Bostock to put Brayden McGrady in the corner.
However, the Bears came back at them just five minutes later by scoring another four-pointer.
The Dolphins grabbed their last try in the 75th minute in an outstanding play.
A chip kick from Albert Kelly was collected by captain Dunamis Lui who threw a long-range pass to Connor Williams to score under the sticks.
Earlier, it began as another hot and sweaty day for our players at UAA Park, with our junior State-wide competitions set to take the field.
Games kicked off nice and early at 9.45 am with the Cyril Connell Challenge under-16s.
The Bears would strike first in the match at the 10-minute mark however it didn’t take long for the Dolphins to hit back.
Dolphins hooker Amare Wynyard burst through the line to grab the first points of the evening for his team.
The Dolphins held the Bears to only one try in the first half going into the break leading 18-6.
One minute into the second half the Dolphins crossed the white line once again through centre Sangstar Figota.
Goalkicker Dustin Appo kicked four from seven goals while grabbing a try for himself in the first half.
The Dolphins came out victorious 32-16 winners, leaving them still undefeated this season.
The next teams up was the Auswide Bank Mal Meninga Cup under-18s and what a match it was.
The Dolphins came off a loss last week, having a massive point to prove to the competition this week and they came out firing.
They scored in just the fifth minute of play through five-eighth John Fineanganofo.
It was a low-scoring first half of play, going into halftime 12-4 to the Dolphins.
They went on with it after the break, putting on 28 points in the second half to come out major winners 40-4.
Goalkicker John-Paul Donevski kicked six from seven goals for a great afternoon with the boot.
One of the key players for the Dolphins was five-eighth Fineanganofo who picked up a triple in an afternoon out.
Last up in our Junior State-wide Competition was our Harvey Norman under-19s, who had a hard day out being held scoreless for the match.
The Bears went into halftime up 12 points, only scoring one try in the second half to defeat the Dolphins 16-0.