Black­hawks pre­vail af­ter Devil­ish time

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

THE Townsville Black­hawks did it the tough way against the Norths Devils yes­ter­day but still came out tops with a grind­ing 12- 6 win.

An early first- half dou­ble from Black­hawks full­back Car­lin An­der­son proved the dif­fer­ence in the un­spec­tac­u­lar but hard- hit­ting con­test, which pro­duced a score­less sec­ond term as Norths’ de­fence held firm in the face of re­lent­less pres­sure.

Norths saw off five re­peat at­tack­ing sets on their line early in the sec­ond stanza but never looked like leak­ing points, with the Black­hawks strug­gling to make in­roads.

It was a far cry from the at­tack­ing mas­ter­class the Black­hawks put up in their 50- 8 ham­mer­ing of Tweed Heads the week be­fore.

“I was pretty dis­ap­pointed with how we played, more from the point of view that I thought we’d been in a re­ally good rhythm for the last few weeks,” Black­hawks coach Kris­tian Woolf said.

“We just dropped our stan­dard a lit­tle bit to­day, which is al­ways dis­ap­point­ing but it’s good to be able to do that and still get the win.

“It’s three wins in a row now, which is al­ways tough in this competition, so we get the bye now and a week off which will do us a world of good.”

Cow­boys- al­lo­cated fiveeighth Kyle Lay­butt re­turned to Black­hawks’ duty despite trav­el­ling to Can­berra as North Queens­land’s 18th man.

The Bund­aberg ju­nior trav­elled from Can­berra yes­ter­day morn­ing and ar­rived at Jack Man­ski Oval an hour be­fore kick- off.

New Black­hawks sign­ing and for­mer Bron­cos for­ward Fran­cis Molo also sat with the Black­hawks bench yes­ter­day, and was a chance of play­ing against his for­mer Q Cup al­lo­cated team.

“I just thought it was a bit too rushed for him,” said Woolf, who coached Molo at the Bron­cos.

“It would have put him un­der a bit of pres­sure to play against a team he was just play­ing for a week ago, and it would have meant get­ting him up here as early as we could so he could get a train­ing ses­sion for us.

“He’s a ter­rific player, a very good footy player and for dif­fer­ent rea­sons – of which a lot of us are aware – he was prob­a­bly go­ing a bit stale where he was.

“He’s a dom­i­nant player at this level and I’ve go no doubt if he comes up here and does that he’ll get some first grades games as well.”

The Black­hawks wasted lit­tle time get­ting their first points yes­ter­day, with An­der­son scor­ing in the far cor­ner af­ter three min­utes and Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS then nail­ing the side­line con­ver­sion to make it 6- 0.

But Norths soon equalised when full­back Jar­van White spot­ted no player sit­ting back for the Black­hawks, grub­ber­ing to him­self and then run­ning away to score un­der the posts.

Norths ap­plied more pres­sure but the Black­hawks again hit the lead when An­der­son got his sec­ond, start­ing the move when find­ing space down the blind­side to pass out­side for Jonathan Reuben, who passed back to An­der­son to score.

For the next hour both teams worked hard to find a break­through, but to no avail as the Black­hawks grabbed an­other win to jump to fifth on the Q Cup lad­der.

TRY- SCORER: Townsville Black­hawks full­back Car­lin An­der­son dives over to score one of two tries in his side’s Queens­land Cup win over Norths.

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