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CHECK your calculators at the front gate. That?s the message from Redcliffe coach Anthony Griffin after the Dolphins consolidated fourth place with a 42-16 win over Ipswich.
The win all but assures the red-and-whites will return from a brief finals hibernation, giving them a three-point buffer over fifth-placed Toowoomba and seven points over Tweed Heads.
But with Redcliffe set to meet Tweed in a crunch match next weekend, Griffin doesn?t want his troops to start thinking they can afford to drop the odd game here or there.
?I don?t want us to be doing the maths in our heads,? he warned.
?Some of the players were working it out on the bus on the way back, but the reality is we?ve just got to keep aiming up.
?This is a huge game against Tweed coming up that is basically going to be treated as their grand final. We finish against Toowoomba and Norths as well, so you can?t guarantee anything.?
There were indeed shaky moments in Redcliffe?s outing against Ipswich, with the Jets crossing first via Jonathon Muir and then Luke Walker. Even when the Dolphins replied to sneak ahead 12-10, Ipswich fought back to be up 16-12 at the break.
Come the second half however, and there was very little that Redcliffe did wrong, leading to a 30-point unanswered run, featuring great play on both ends by centres Greg Bourke and Nick Emmett. During the match Bourke became just the third player to pass 900 points in the Queensland Cup.
?Ipswich is always a dangerous proposition, especially at home where, if they lose, they never lose by much,? Griffin said.
?It was a good exercise for us to get the points convincingly. I think the players are starting to discover we are going okay.?
Having missed the Queensland Cup finals for the first time last year, the Dolphins are hopeful of having backrowers Jamie Russo and Matt Mapes back from injury this week.
Redcliffe shapes up to Tweed Heads at Dolphin Oval on Sunday, while Ipswich travels to Townsville to face the Young Guns on Saturday evening.
Queensland Wizard Cup REDCLIFFE 42 (Ryan Cullen 2, Danny Burke 2, Grant Flugge, Troy Lindsay, Michael Roberts tries; Greg Bourke 7 goals) beat IPSWICH 16 (Jonathon Muir, Luke Walker, Walter Mackie tries; Steven West 2 goals).
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