Cullen Leads Dolphins in Defeat of Premiers

A Cameron Cullen-led Redcliffe Dolphins defeated last year’s Intrust Super Cup premiers PNG Hunters 20-6 at Dolphin Stadium.

In a Saturday night spectacle, Redcliffe Dolphins captain and halfback Cameron Cullen showed why he was selected in the Intrust Super Premiership (NSW) 2017 team of the year.

“It was a very tough game and we hung in there.”

PNG Hunters didn’t start the game in the best fashion with a penalty in the first few moments for attacking five-eighth Joshua Fauid’s legs as he put up a towering bomb.

This proved costly as Kontoni Staggs was able to secure the two points.

It didn’t take long before winger Junior Rau made up for the poor start with a ninth minute try in the north-west corner of the stadium to put the Hunters in the lead for the first time in the game.

It took until the 31st minute and a blistering line run from second rower Scott Schulte to put the Dolphins back into a two-point lead.

Off the back of a Jamil Hopoate play Cullen was able to sell a dummy to a retreating Hunters defensive line to take the Dolphins eight points ahead at half-time.

After the half-time break Redcliffe continued their first-half momentum, with fullback Tony Tumusa sliding over for a try in the 47th minute.

The Hunters had their chances to claw back the game with Redcliffe giving away possession with unforced errors and penalties but were too fatigued to capitalise on the opportunities.

Cullen admitted after the game this was one of Redcliffe’s toughest wins this year.

“It was a really tough performance,” he said.

“All week we sort of knew what PNG would bring to this game.

“It was a very tough game and we hung in there.”

“I haven’t come back here to be content playing QCup – I definitely want to push for first-grade.”

Cullen hasn’t dismissed returning to first-grade after being released from his contract at Manly Sea Eagles to head back to Redcliffe for family reasons.

“It’s obviously the goal.” he said.

“I haven’t come back here to be content playing QCup – I definitely want to push for first-grade.”

Redcliffe Dolphins 20 (Scott Schulte, Cameron Cullen, Tony Tumusa tries; Kotoni Staggs four goals) def PNG Hunters 6 (Junior Rau try; Junior Rau goal) at Dolphin Stadium.

In other Round 6 results, Easts Tigers 14 (Joe Bond, Conor Carey, Kea Pere tries; Brayden Torpy goal) def Northern Pride 4 (Justin Castellaro try) at Barlow Park.

Mackay Cutters 28 (Johnny Faletagoa 2, Jardine Bobongie, Bennett Leslie, Kurt Wiltshire tries; Yamba Bowi 4 goals) def Ipswich Jets 18 (Denzel Burns, Michael Purcell, Rory Humphreys tries; Wes Conlon 3 goals) at North Ipswich Reserve.

Townsville Blackhawks 20 (Jaelen Feeney, Jonathon Reuben, Kalifa Faifailoa, Paul Burns tries; Zach Clay 2 goals) def Sunshine Coast Falcons 18 (Jye Ballinger, Matthew Soper-Lawler, Chris Lewis tries; Joe Stimon 3 goals) at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Norths Devils 20 (Oshea Tuiasau, Iain Riccardi, Jack Ahearn tries; Todd Murphy 4 goals) def Burleigh Bears 4 (Brenko Lee try) at Bishop Park.

Tweed Heads Seagulls 26 (Brayden McGrady 3, Ryland Jacobs, Alexander Brimson tries; Eli Levido 3 goals) def Wynnum Manly Seagulls 22 (Mitchell Frei, Atelea Vea, Patrick Carrigan, Patrick Templeman tries; Patrick Templeman 3 goals) at Kougari Oval.

Still to play, Souths-Logan Magpies vs. Central Capras at Davis Park.

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