By Kenny Andres -
The green and red resurgence increased to five wins last night, with Wynnum continuing their winning ways against the CQ Capras, scoring 30 points or more for the fifth straight game.
With Greg Eden being called up to the Broncos, Daniel Ogden slipped back into his familiar number one jersey for his 50th game for Wynnum. This allowed long-time Wynnum A Grade winger Hayden Crowley to earn his Intrust Super Cup debut.
The Bayside breeze came in spades for the Saturday night clash, increasing the terror of the highball for all involved. Capras winger Jake Ainsworth was the first victim, spilling a Patrick Templeman bomb before the five-eighth re-gathered the scraps of his creation for a four-pointer.
Ainsworth would atone for his mistake minutes later, finishing off a perfect cut-out pass from halfback Matt Minto to take advantage of some over eager Seagull defence.
Minto would be at it again soon after. Some side-to-side movement at midfield by the Capras eventually gave the halfback an opportunity to attack the Wynnum defensive line on the fifth-tackle. Minto would turn it back inside to his half-pairing in Maipele Morseau who would be wrangled up just metres short of the try line.
The middle period of the first half suggested Wynnum were on track to devastate the Rockhampton visitors, with the Seagulls slapping on three tries in quick succession including Crowley’s maiden four-pointer in the 19th minute, but Kim Williams’ boys finally clicked into gear with eight minutes to go in the first.
Minto would again direct his troops into attacking formation before fullback Reece Baker held off a pass long enough to send Ainsworth over for his second.
A penalty on the ensuing set would present another late opportunity for CQ, one they would capitalise on when Mark Johnstone set up big prop forward Gavin Hiscox under the black dot.
Following the rule of three, the six and seven would again combine on the buzzer, with Minto sending a grubbing kick behind the line for Morseau to chase-down and score the game-tying try to silence the Chook Pen.
The second half however, would not be painted with the same drama. Wynnum opened the scoring and did not look back, squashing the hope of another Kim Williams comeback at Kougari.
Ogden would get one try closer to the second all-time try-scoring spot after Tim Natusch delivered a halfback-esque ball to the fullback in the 47th minute.
Templeman continued to pile up the assists, this time with his hands, slipping into dummy half at the line before sneaking a pass to Mitchell Buckett, who would score again in the exact same spot 10 minutes later thanks to a tremendous ‘round-the-corner’ offload by Crowley.
The debutant winger would have his good play rewarded a few sets later on the back-end of an Ogden break, scoring a double on debut in the left hand corner.
The Capras woes were accumulated in the 71st minute when Matt Seamark picked off a pass off a scrum before disposing the ball to Mitch Cronin to finish for the Seagulls.
The visitors would hold their heads high after a consolation try in the closing minutes, Minto capping off an impressive night in a losing side with another try-assist via the boot when Samson Graham gathered his grubber and crashed over.
See the full scoring details and final team lists for this game at QRL Live
WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS 50 (Mitchell Buckett 2, Hayden Crowley 2, Patrick Templeman, Alex Barr, Peter Gubb, Daniel Ogden, Mitchell Cronin tries; Mathew Seamark 7 goals) def CQ CAPRAS 28 (Jake Ainsworth 2, Gavin Hiscox, Maipele Morseau, Samson Graham tries; Mark Johnstone 3, Matthew Minto goals) at BMD Kougari Oval.
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