Day 2: Noosa Dolphins v John Paul College
Noosa Dolphins - 17 def. John Paul College - 13In perhaps the upset of the tournament thus far, the Dolphins accounted for JPC in an extremely well contested match. The first half was an absolute arm-wrestle, with neither side having any significant dominance over the other for more than a fleeting moment here or there. That said, the Noosa Dolphins snuck in two great tries in the opening and closing two minutes of the half. The first try was the result of a clean lineout take on the 5m, with a bustling and strong run to the line by the #13. Through the later stages of the first half, the Dolphins absorbed significant pressure from John Paul College, but were able to whether the storm and score in their first foray back into JPC's 22 in what seemed like an age. 12-0 at half time. JPC were by no means down-and-out, having looked marginally more dangerous throughout the half, only to see many half-chances slip. The second half shaped up to be a cracker. An early penalty kept JPC in touch, taking the score to 12-3, before the Dolphins were able to clear the ball from a scrum on their own 22, spread it wide and run the length of the field to score a great try. 17-3, and looking better for the Dolphins all the time. JPC however hit straight back, capitalising on a Dolphins error on receipt of the kickoff, quickly working through a handful of phases before they crashed over. 17-8. Another few minutes later, again the JPC forwards rumbled well and got over the line through a pile of bodies, taking it to 17-13 with only a few minutes to play. Despite some ferocious efforts in the final minutes, JPC were unable to score their match winner, and the Noosa Dolphins held on for a deserved victory in an excellent match.