Intrust Super Cup: Rd 3 report
The Townsville Blackhawks have moved to the top of the Intrust Super Cup ladder on for-and-against after their 42-point thumping of the Northern Pride at Barlow Park.
The Blackhawks ran in 10 tries to two, with Cowboy Zac Santo and Johnathan Ruben both finishing with a double.
There were plenty of signs it was going to be a long day for the home side, as Townsville ran out to a 18-0 lead after 26 minutes as the Pride barely touched the ball.
Pride debutant Luke George scored just before the break to get some points on the board, but when Ruben and Chris McLean added to the carnage after the break the game was well and truly in the bag for the Blackhawks.
The 52-10 loss has left the reigning Cup champions winless on the bottom of the ladder.
TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS 52 (Zac Santo 2, Jonathan Reuben 2, Jahrome Hughes, Tom Humble, Mosese Pangai, Glenn Hall, Ray Thompson, Chris McLean tries; Robert Lui 5, Tom Humble goals) def NORTHERN PRIDE 10 (Linc Port, Luke George tries; Javid Bowen goal) at Barlow Park.
Last Saturday saw the Mackay Cutters enjoy their first away win with a 28-10 victory over the Wynnum Manly Seagulls.
After being down 10-nil in the first half, the visitors shocked the Seagulls with 24 unanswered points.
Josh Chudleigh’s effort from dummy-half kick-started the scoring spree before going in again, which would see him with four tries in two weeks.
Momentum had swung the Cutters' way when Aleki Falepaini handed them the lead for the first time, before centre Justin Tavae ran 90 metres to extend the advantage.
It is the second time in a row Mackay has upset the Seagulls at their home ground.
MACKAY CUTTERS 28 (Josh Chudleigh 2, Justin Tavae, Cameron Cullen, Aleki Falepaini tries; Rex Johnson 4 goals) def WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS 10 (Daniel Ogden, Mitchell Buckett tries; Matthew Seamark goal) at BMD Kougari Oval.