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QCup Rd 23: Petero powers on as Dolphins crush Jets

He wore red and white on his back but Petero Civoniceva produced the kind of performance he is more known for doing in maroon or green and gold when he led the Redcliffe Dolphins to a dominant 44-6 win over the Ipswich Jets in the Intrust Super Cup.
QCup Rd 23: Petero powers on as Dolphins crush Jets
by rleague.com

Peter Marsh



He wore red and white on his back but Petero Civoniceva produced the kind of performance he is more known for doing in maroon or green and gold when he led the Redcliffe Dolphins to a dominant 44-6 win over the Ipswich Jets in the Intrust Super Cup.

The rugby league legend was immense in a vintage display, possibly his last at Dolphin Oval, dragging the opposition defence with him on run-after-rampaging run.

Civoniceva showed great hands to produce well-timed offloads, and broke the line late in the second half - much to the vocal home crowd's delight.

Named the XXXX Man of the Match, the Maroons and Australian great was crucial in the win, which sets up an unlikely run into the top five for Redcliffe.

Playing for their season, the Dolphins were under pressure early from an Ipswich side that aimed up early but ultimately struggled without injured halfback Ian Lacey.

The composure that Redcliffe have been missing for much of the year rarely left the home side in both attack and defence.

With the ink still drying on his new Broncos contract, Dolphins half-back Zach Strasser set up the Dolphins first try with a beautiful cut-out pass to Liam Georgetown, who scored the 100th try of his career.

It was through Strasser that the Redcliffe posted their second try, producing a miracle off-load to a charging Sarafu Fatiaki who burst through the line to score.

A short-kick, again from Strasser, and an Ipswich mix-up saw Marty Hatfield get his name on the score-sheet, pushing the Dolphins lead to 14-0.

A smart dummy from five-eighth Cameron Cullen gave Redcilffe their fourth try before halftime and a lead of 18-0.

Ipswich fullback Jarvan White proved a handful for the Redcliffe defence all afternoon, while Nathaniel Neale was also dangerous in the second row.

It was Neale who gave the Jets their first points, pouncing on loose ball after a comedy of errors from Redcliffe in their own in-goal.

But with 20mins left on the clock, the Dolphins found another gear to shut out the Jets.

Cullen pinched an intercept and raced 75m to score, and Joe Bradley dived over on the left after some sharp backline play.

Neale's afternoon was cut short, sent to the bin for a professional foul, as the Jets struggled to contain a Dolphins side looking to go out with a bang.

Redcliffe took full advantage of the extra man in the final minutes, Joe Bradley scoring his second of the afternoon while Chris Fox darted over from dummy half to seal the win.

Redcliffe Dolphins 44 (Joe Bradley 2, Cameron Cullen 2, Marty Hatfield, Liam Georgetown, Chris Fox, Sarafu Fatiaki tries; Liam Georgetown 6 goals) def Ipswich Jets 6 (Nathaniel Neale try; Donald Malone goal) at Dolphin Oval.

Source: www.qrl.com.au


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