Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - MICHAEL THOMPSON michael. thompson@ news. com. au


THE Townsville Black­hawks have passed a thor­ough mid- sea­son ex­am­i­na­tion of their play­ing depth with a 50- 6 thump­ing of Norths Devils, but it has come at a cost.

Sec­ond rower Rhyse Martin and full­back Jahrome Hughes will have scans to an­kle in­juries suf­fered dur­ing Satur­day’s en­counter at Jack Man­ski Oval, which keeps the Black­hawks on top of the ISC lad­der ahead of tough away games against Easts Tigers and the PNG Hun­ters.

A barn­storm­ing open­ing half fea­tur­ing seven unan­swered tries was tem­pered by a scrappy sec­ond stanza, but the Black­hawks were still im­pres­sive in de­fence.

Apart from go­ing with­out first- choice halves Michael Parker- Wal­she ( corked knee) and Robert Lui ( rest), the Black­hawks also played with­out Cowboys al­lo­cated for­ward Glenn Hall and star winger Jonathon Reuben.

But Tom Hum­ble had another strong game at fiveeight to give Black­hawks coach Kris­tian Woolf fur­ther se­lec­tion headaches, while the for­wards again laid the plat­form for Townsville’s back five to shine with their game- chang­ing raz­zle daz­zle.

First- half dou­bles to Lenny Magey and Nathan Nor­ford pro­pelled the Black­hawks to a 38- 0 half- time lead, but 13th placed Norths man­aged to shut the flood­gates in the sec­ond with com­mit­ted de­fence.

“I sensed be­fore the game it was prob­a­bly a dif­fi­cult one for the blokes to get up for, but I thought for 50- 60 min­utes we did a re­ally good job, and one goal I set them was to make sure we had a re­ally strong de­fen­sive ef­fort in us,” Woolf said.

“I thought we did that and we al­lowed one try, and even that was a bit of an er­ror on the wing. But for the ma­jor­ity of the game we had them cov­ered de­fen­sively.”

Magey opened the scor­ing by fin­ish­ing off a well­worked edge play in­side the first 10 min­utes, set­ting a trend for the rest of the half that also fea­tured tries to Kyle Feldt, Noel Un­der­wood and Sam­sen O’Neill.

Hum­ble got Townsville on the board again soon af­ter half- time, be­fore Norths scored their only try through Michael Lu­cas.


FI­NAL SAY: Townsville Black­hawks’ Moses Pan­gai.

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