Two wins on the trot for the Ray White Noosa Dolphins A grade sees them secure a top four position after the first round of the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union competition. Travelling to Wynnum on Saturday saw the Dolphins take the points with a 25-7 victory in wet conditions in a match that saw the return of Captain Will Christie and Borore Howton from injury, providing additional experience to the backline. Christie was particularly impressive in his return taking out the man of the match honours.
“Whilst it was the defence in challenging conditions that was a standout, our attack took another step forward in development,” coach Matt Buckland said. “We say it each week, our attacking combinations are a work in progress, but this week, we could really see the benefits of the work the boys are putting in on the training paddock. With our forwards dominating the scrum and ruck, our backline was given great front foot ball.”
Centre Tyson Schefe continues to show his skill, both in defence and attack taking on much bigger opposition. Second row Tom Warriner, given his opportunity in the top grade, was another standout. Relentless in defence and with ball in hand and prop Taylor Ryan, new to the Dolphins this year, continues to prove his worth in such a vital position.
With round two starting on Saturday, The Ray White Dolphins take on second placed Caloundra at Sunshine Beach in only the second home game of the year. Going down to the Lighthouses 30-13 in the first round, the Dolphins are keen to make amends in a match up against one of the competition favourites. In the first-round clash, the Dolphins were matching the Lighthouses for 60 minutes of the match, however the defence dropped away allowing Caloundra to add late points. “We are better placed with three games since we last met, so looking forward to the challenge on Saturday. This will really let us show where we are against the top sides,” Buckland said.
• A grade 3.30pm
• Reserve Grade 2pm
• Women’s (v Maroochydore) 12.30
• Colts (v Maroochydore) 11am
The home games this weekend also coincide with the annual and very popular Dolphins Ladies Day, a chance to acknowledge and recognise the contribution of the ladies in the club, whether they be administrators, players, coaches, managers, mums, wives, partners or supporters.
For all updates on the action on and off the field this weekend, check the Noosa Rugby Union Club Facebook page.