The Dolphins Intrust Super Cup team has moved into fourth position on the ladder, after a physical clash against Burleigh Bears at Moreton Daily Stadium on Saturday night.
The side dug deep to come back from a 14-12 deficit at half-time to win the game 32-24 in front of a home crowd including the club’s youngest players, who performed a guard of honour for the players as they ran on.
It was part of the club’s annual junior march past, during which hundreds of youngsters march around the field before the main game, thanking their sponsors and supporters.
Intrust Super Cup team coach Adam Mogg said there was plenty to work on before his team took on Tweed Seagulls at Tweed on June 20.
“I was really proud of the performance – to lose a winger in the first 20 minutes and lose a halfback in the last 10 minutes – it was a pretty gritty, tough performance against a really good Burleigh team,” Mogg said.
While he was pleased with the win, he said there were a couple of “ordinary, soft ties” and plenty to work on in terms of combinations.
“We’re moving players around based on availability and injury and we need to get better in some areas,” he said.
Even with five wins in a row, Mogg is looking for stronger performance from the team.
“I feel like we’ve got heaps to improve on, I really do. It’s going to take time based on availability and injury,” he explained
“We only trained once last week and that was without the Warriors players. For this reason, I’m really proud of this weekend’s performance.”
He will not know who will make up the final squad until Friday, when the Warriors finalise their team list.
“But we know we’ll have a tough game against Tweed, who are in good form. It was a physical game on the weekend, Burleigh are a really good footy team,” he said.
While the Dolphins lost Setu Tu and Sean O’Sullivan to injury at the weekend, no one was sent off as a result of the crackdown on high tackles.
“We’ve been working on stuff in training in footwork to help us with that. It’s something the players are aware of. I’m a supporter of it – the less tackles around the head, the better. If you get it wrong, you’ll do time,” Mogg said.
Round 11: Dolphins V Tweed Seagulls, Piggabeen Sports Complex, Tweed Heads, June 20, at 2pm.
Round 12: Dolphins V Central Queensland Capras, Browne Park, Rockhampton, July 3, at 6pm.