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Redcliffe have recorded their first win since May 8th with a 52 - 16 demolition of Souths Logan at Dolphin Oval last Sunday. The Dolphins maintain 7th place on the points table with 16 points with the competition leaders just two points ahead.
The Dolphins started the perfect winters day with a Brian Jellick line break to score in the 3rd minute. The former Kiwi international has been in sensational form in 2004. Just a minute later the Magpies leveled the scoreline though when Basil Api took an intercept and screamed away to score.
Some nervous looks were seen around the crowd when Alwyn Simpson put Souths Logan in front with a try in the corner which was brilliantly converted by former Canberra Raider Jace Van Dijk. In the 22nd minute Magpies fullback Eddie Dodd allowed a bomb to bounce and Ben Jones swooped on the ball to bring the Dolphins back to evens.
The game was in the balance until the Redcliffe of old rallied to scre three lightning quick tries in the final 7 minutes of the half. The half time score of 26 - 12 belied the close nature of the game.
The second half began the same as the first with Brian Jellick opening the scoring. Ben Jones and bombs seemed to go together as the Dolphins scored the try of the day courtesy of Charles Vis scooping a bomb out of the hands of a Magpies player, juggling the ball as he fell to ground then regained his feet passed to Jones who did the rest.
Souths Logan had nothing in the second half as the Dolphins streaked away to a desperately needed win. The boost to their for-and-against was also highly desirable.
Brian Jellick was the man of the match for mine closely followed by Justin McKay. Also impressive was Nathan Sologinkin's offloads and Joel Barnes' broken play running.
Redcliffe 52 (B. Jellick, B. Jones, D. Green 2, D. Richters, J. Barnes, C. Vis, M. Anderton tries; D. Richters 6 goals) def Souths Logan 16 (A. Simpson 2, B. Api tries; J. Van Dijk 2 goals)
In A Grade Redcliffe fought out a tough grinding victory 24 - 22. The win sees the Dolphins maintain 4th place just two wins from the competition lead. Next week Redcliffe take on 2nd placed Easts at Langlands Park at 12.05pm.
Redcliffe 24 (Maddison Murphy, Chris Torrington, Wayne Bond, Nathan Black, Richard Forster tries; Chris Torrington 2 goals) def Souths Logan 22 (Chris Bax, Matthew Templeman, Grant Lewis, Eddie Burton tries; Chris Bax 3 goals)
In Colts Redcliffe move to 3rd on the ladder with a 40 - 8 win. A win against Easts next weekend will consolidate their position.
Redcliffe (Henry Coutts, Chris Jelich 2, Daniel Bennett, Jason Frazer, Tino Kurene, Daley White tries; Todd Parnell 4 goals) def Souths Logan 8 (Jason Mitchell, Dave Gorman tries)