The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Queensland Cup newcomers Tweed Heads proved to be too competitive for the premiers Redcliffe holding on for a thrilling 40-38 win in the ABC Television match at Dolphin Oval. Tweed winger Clint Rothery handed the visitors a good start crossing for an early try but the Dolphins dominated the next 30 minutes. Playing attractive attacking football Redcliffe raced in tries through winger Aaron Barba (a double), fullback Dustin Cooper and five eight Shane Perry to lead 22-4 and seemingly in control of the match. A try to Seagulls fullback Nathan Cross reduced the deficit and when centre David Strachan crossed the score was 22-12 at half-time. Two early tries to Tweed Heads saw the scores level and when halfback David Hicks scored a soft try the Seagulls hit the front 28-22. A Michael Roberts try saw the margin at 28-26 with 15 minutes on the clock. A great Hicks try gave Tweed a handy buffer but Redcliffe backrower Ben Jones scored and the result was again in the balance. When Hicks notched his hat-trick the issue was settled with Jones posting his double late in the game for the final 40-38 scoreline. Hicks was named QRL man of the match for his inspirational effort.
Burleigh Bears continued their topsy-turvy season with a hard fought 12-10 win at Pizzey Park over North Queensland, the Young Guns third close loss for the season. Big Bears winger Aseri Laing crossed for both of his team?s tries with halfback Aaron Payne and winger Neil Sweeney notching tries for North Queensland.
Wynnum maintained their undefeated start of the season and top spot on the Queensland Cup ladder with a dominant 48-16 win over Norths at Kougari Oval. The Seagulls set up the victory with impressive attack in the first term crossing for five of their eight tries to establish a handy 30-6 advantage at half-time. Five eight Damien Quinn scored two tries for Wynnum.
In other matches Easts, after trailing 6-12 in the first half, ran away for a comfortable 44-18 win over the Comets. Ipswich were too good for the Panthers with the Jets winning 34-10 and Toowoomba thrashed Souths Logan 62-32, after the Clydesdales led 40-4 at half-time.