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Redcliffe punished Ipswich early in defence to set up their 34-8 win at Dolphin Oval last Saturday. The Dolphins scored four tries in 12 minutes in the lead up to halftime to lead 28-4 at the break. They had earlier unsettled the Jets who had taken a 4-nil lead through a try to former Dolphin Tim Gee from a grubber kick. The Jets started with intent but lost continuity after being repeatedly smashed by a fired up Redcliffe pack that it was keen to show it?s quality after being labelled soft by a couple of Clydesdales players in their encounter last game. The match statistics show that both sides had a fairly even completion rate and time in possession. But the key stat was the miss tackle count which Redcliffe missed 17 and Ipswich 30. It was a big improvement from the last game when the Dolphins missed 45 tackles. Forwards Andrew Wynyard and Nathan Sologinkin impressed early on and hooker Nathan Black showed the speed that Coach Wharton was looking for from the dummy half area. The highlight of the Dolphins first half display apart from Shane Perry?s masterful performance leading the Dolphins around the park from five-eighth, was chase of four or five Dolphin defenders on a Perry kick. Danny Green led the charge and jolted the ball free from a hapless Jet and centre Damien Richters was on hand to score the four pointer. Halfback Michael Roberts also earned the praise of his coach after a disappointing game against Toowoomba. Roberts was back to his best with a strong running game and set up both of Perry?s tries with a deft pass and a clever kick. The Dolphins effort was even more commendable considering the penalty count was 9-1 to the Jets. But it was definitely Shane Perry who was the dominant player on the field on Saturday. He played surperbly behind a forward pack that went forward all day. Perry?s passing and kicking game oozed class throwing the final pass to Phil Shilvock and Trent Leis?s tries.
Redcliffe 34 (S.Perry 2, T.Leis, P.Shilvock, D.Richters, J.Barnes tries D.Richters 5 goals) Ipswich 8 (T.Gee, S.Matai tries)
The teams were Redcliffe Ipswich Trent Leis Joel Smallwood Phil Shilvock Tim Gee Damien Richters Adam Connolly Brian Jellick Steve Matai Joel Barnes Steven West Shane Perry Brendan Lindsay Michael Roberts Ricky Bird Nathan Sologinkin Kerry Theurkauf Nathan Black Paul Cohen Adam Starr Matt Cameron Gavin Cooper Kyle Warren Andrew Wynyard Brian McCarthy Grant Flugge Danny Coburn Justin McKay Dale Robinson Danny Burke Marcus Jensen Ben Jones Richard Allwood Danny Green Geoff Thompson