Stingers struggle at carnival
TOWNSVILLE has emerged winless from the opening round of the Cyril Connell and Mal Meninga Cups in Ayr.
The Townsville under-18 team went down to Central Comets 16-14 in their first hit-out of the Mal Meninga c o m p e t i t i o n , w h i l e t h e under-16 Stingers lost to the Comets 22-10 in the corresponding Cyril Connell tournament.
But four rounds still remain for Townsville to get back on a solid footing and get in the hunt for some silverware.
A single conversion was all that separated the Stingers a nd t hei r Rockhamptonb a s e d o p p o n e n t s i n t h e under-18 action.
Both teams scored three t ries but i t was Comets kicker Angus Dorante with his two from three conversions who provided the winning two-point buffer.
Norths Devil s had t he biggest win of the round in the Mal Meninga Cup, downing Redcliffe Dolphins 34-4 to claim top spot on the cup table on points difference.
Trailing just two points on for and against is the Northern Pride following their 34-4 defeat of the Mackay Cutters at Ayr Rugby Park. In the under-16 competition, Gold Coast Gold scored a 46-0 thrashing of Wests Panthers to finish the opening round of matches on lead the cup ladder ahead of the Northern Pride and Gold Coast Green.