Kristian Wanka (left) goes on a run for the Sea Eagles.
Kristian Wanka (left) goes on a run for the Sea Eagles. PATRICK WOODS

Victorious Sea Eagles send warning

THE Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles trounced competition heavyweights Redcliffe yesterday 36-20 sending a clear message to their opponents that they're no easybeats.

Sea Eagles winger David Middleton starred, scoring two tries and kicking six goals to rack up a personal tally of 20 points.

The Sea Eagles started the game slowly, giving away back-to-back penalties early, inviting Redcliffe into their own half.

Redcliffe took advantage after a Sea Eagles knock-on with winger Liam Georgetown crossing in the right corner.

The Sunshine Coast hit back with two quick tries to centre Rowan Klein and hooker Kane Richards, giving them a 10-6 lead.

Redcliffe rallied to score two more tries to take a 16-10 lead at the break.

It was all Sea Eagles from then, with the home team dominating the Dolphins pack to force some errors and earn repeat sets.

After a good lead-up, second-rower Kane Richards scored his second before fullback Hughie Stanley crossed after beating three defenders on his way to the line.

David Midddleton bagged two tries before Redcliffe winger Georgetown scored a consolation try, with the home side winning 36-20.

Sea Eagles coach Dave Cordwell praised his side for hanging in and fighting back in the second half.

"Ultimately we were able to turn it around in the second half after a lot of possession," Cordwell said.

"It was all about completion and we wore them away with Todd Murphy (halfback) leading the way with Kane Richards who scored two great tries.

"Our pack never backed down and we had to play smart and hit our points so our backs could play off the back of it and our attacking players didn't disappoint.

"I'm sure today we've taken a good step in the right direction."

Redcliffe Coach John Dixon rued missed opportunities and a lack of discipline but said the Sunshine Coast were deserved winners.

"The best team won today they were much better than us and they fully deserved to win," he said.

"We came here full of expectation hoping to win but we learnt a lesson here today and full credit to Dave and his side.

"Teams that come here will know that they're in for a game."

Sunshine Coast halfback Todd Murrphy was a standout with his superb kicking game consistently gifting his side good field position.

Lock Peter Gallen was strong in defence along with twins Rowan and Callum Klein.

 

SUNSHINE COAST 36

Kane Richards 2, Dale Middleton 2, Hughie Stanley, Kristian Freed tries; Dale Middleton 6 goals

REDCLIFFE 20

Liam Georgetwon 3, Martin Hatfield tries; Liam Georgetown 2 goals



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