Cutters forwards Lewis Balcomb and Jason Schirnack take down the Norths Devils’ Jarrod Wallace.
Cutters forwards Lewis Balcomb and Jason Schirnack take down the Norths Devils’ Jarrod Wallace. Lee Constable

Cutters break drought

SKILLS Training Mackay Cutters captain Grant Rovelli put his hand up for the try of the year as the team broke its duck in the Intrust Super Cup with a win over Norths Devils at Virgin Australia Stadium on Saturday night.

Just moments after the frustration of dropping the ball at dummy half in an attacking position, Rovelli followed up a break by winger Michael Thomas to chase down a centring kick and score in spectacular fashion.

He threw himself at the ball full-length and tapped down on the full next to the posts, much to the delight of his teammates as the Cutters regained the lead, 22-18.

A penalty and another try by halfback Michael Morgan blew out the lead to 30-18, before the Devils fought back with two late tries to go down 30-28.

Rovelli later laughed off suggestions he should be on the Australian sprint team, saying his teammates deserved praise for their play in the team's second game at home and third of the season.

Morgan scored two tries in what coach Anthony Seibold said was an outstanding display by the Cowboys back. His first came after a slick passing interchange with Thomas, and the second was a 60m team effort after opposite winger Bureta Faraimo made the early break.

"He's a good player. He played well against the Titans in the NRL trial match here," Seibold said of Morgan.

He said the Cutters weren't far away in their opening losses to Redcliffe and Northern Pride.

"We just needed to get that win. It's a good result that's been coming," he said.

Seibold praised the work of the forwards, including Lewis Balcomb, Dane Hogan, Tyson Martin, Jason Schirnack and Jardine Bobongie.

"They're all a similar, no-nonsense, whole-hearted type of player, who set a good platform for our guys," he said.

Norths coach Craig Hodges was disappointed in his team's execution despite the late comeback, which could have snatched a draw if not for a missed conversion.

"Every one of our blokes will be looking to improve," he said.

 

FULL-TIME

Cutters 30 (Michael Morgan 2, Michael Thomas, Grant Rovelli, Dane Hogan tries; Matt Minto 5 goals) d Norths Devils 28 (Dane Copley, Namila Davui, Daniel Ogden, Brendon Gibb, Jay Ashton tries; Joel Bailey 4 goals)

 

Other games:

Souths Logan 44 d Central Capras 6

Easts Tigers 30 d Northern Pride 22

Tweed Heads 7 d Sunshine Coast 6

Redcliffe Dolphins 30 d Ipswich Jets 10

Wynnum Manly 18 d Burleigh Bears 12

Queensland Cup ladder after round three: Wynnum Seagulls 6, Dolphins 6, Tigers 6, Pride 4, Tweed Seagulls 3, Magpies 2, Sea Eagles 2, Cutters 2, Bears 2, Capras 2, Devils 1, Jets 0



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