Dolphins vs Tigers: Round 4 Comeback Kings Face Off

Fresh off thrilling comeback victories, the Dolphins and Tigers turn their attention towards each other in a highly anticipated Saturday night clash. Dolphins vs Tigers kick off 4:35 p.m. at Suncorp Stadium.

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Dolphins, Tigers both comeback in Round 4

The Dolphins displayed remarkable resilience in last weekend’s match against the Titans. The Redcliffe outfit overcame a 10-0 deficit despite being a man down for 10 minutes after lock Max Plath was sin-binned for a hip-drop tackle.

Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett expressed his thoughts:

“You feel bad when you’ve just gone to the sin bin and you know your team is vulnerable but I couldn’t have asked them to respond any better than they did. Max Plath hasn’t got a dirty bone in his body, so it was never intentional, we don’t coach it, we don’t talk about it, but if it has gone wrong it’s gone wrong and we’ll just have to pay the consequences.”

Jack Bostock led the charge for the Dolphins, scoring a double and amassing 125 run metres and six tackle breaks. Fullback Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow contributed two try assists, two line break assists, and an impressive 175 run metres. Their performances were pivotal in the Dolphins’ comeback victory and will be crucial against the Tigers.

Likewise, the Wests Tigers showcased their unwavering resilience with a late comeback to secure a thrilling victory against the Eels.

Justin Olam’s 94th-minute try roared the Tigers back to life, narrowing the deficit to 14-10. Jahream Bula tied the match in the 99th minute, and Tigers skipper Apisai Koroisau gave them a two-point cushion with a late conversion. The Tigers held on to their lead to finish the game 16-17.

Dolphins vs Tigers, unfinished business

Tigers vs Dolphins 2023
Photo Credit: NRL

The two teams most recently met in Round 25 of the previous season, with the Tigers edging out the Dolphins in a narrow 24-23 victory. The 58th-minute conversion by Koroisau proved to be the difference between the two sides.

The Dolphins seek to avenge that loss and continue their strong start to the season. With a bye week in Round 3, the Dolphins record sits at 2 wins and 1 loss. They have the league’s second-highest points differential, trailing only the 2-2 Sydney Roosters.

Redcliffe will undoubtedly be motivated to settle the score and assert their dominance on home soil.

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The team’s resilience, demonstrated against the Titans, will be crucial as they prepare for another tough battle against the Tigers.

Published 02-April-2024

Dolphins vs Cowboys: Captain Jesse Bromwich Discusses Lineup Choices

Dolphins Captain Jesse Bromwich provides insights into the selections for the opening round of the NRL season, with Tesi Niu, Kodi Nikorima, and Max Plath securing spots.

The Dolphins’ round one clash against the Cowboys kicks off at 3:05 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 at Suncorp Stadium.

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Jesse Bromwich provides his insights

Tesi Niu
 Tesi Niu lost 8 kilograms during his impressive pre-season. Photo Credit: The Dolphins

Bromwich praises Tesi Niu’s determination and impressive pre-season efforts, which have earned him a place in the starting side. “He’s impressed not only the coaching staff but all the players as well – the determination to get those things done,” Bromwich says.

Kodi Nikorima’s utility and consistent performances last season have secured his spot, according to the captain. “He fixed a lot of positions for us last year and he’s another one… he’s had a really good pre-season.”

Bromwich also commends Nikorima’s leadership qualities, noting his willingness to share his knowledge with younger players.

Max Plath’s versatility and exceptional work ethic during the pre-season have earned him a place in Bennett’s side. Bromwich likens Plath’s style of play to Tom Gilbert, praising his energetic approach and ability to link the backs and forwards.

Sights set on another strong start

Bromwich, who plans to retire at the end of the season, has never lost a round one game in his NRL career. The skipper is is keen to maintain that record against the Cowboys.

He expects a similar level never-give-up attitude from the team that propelled them to a strong inaugural season.

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The Dolphins captain is also looking forward to the continued support from the fans, recalling the energy and enthusiasm they brought to the stands last season.

Published 07-March-2024

Tom Gilbert Plotting Powerful Dolphins Return

Dolphins forward Tom Gilbert is staging a comeback from a shoulder injury that prematurely ended his standout 2023 season. Gilbert has his sights set on reclaiming his spot in the Dolphins’ starting 13 for their second NRL campaign.

‘Have to earn it’

Gilbert dislocated his shoulder while on State of Origin duty for Queensland back in June. The subsequent surgery and rehabilitation has the 23-year-old primed to participate in the preseason trials.

However, Gilbert acknowledges he will have to earn his spot all over again. “If I want to get that No.13 jersey – or a jersey at all – I’m going to have to earn it,” Gilbert said last month.

Tom Gilbert, inaugural Dolphins hero

Before going down injured, Gilbert had been a driving force behind the Dolphins’ impressive start to their debut season. His tackle-busting charges up the middle and rugged defence saw him earn selection for the Maroons. During the Dolphins’ inaugural season, his status as a local folk hero rose among the fans.

Gilbert believes the Dolphins are building momentum towards 2024, even after their late-season slide down the ladder. The returning forward is eyeing a spot in the engine room alongside new recruit Tom Flegler.

Flegler combination

Tommy Flegler
Tommy Flegler. Photo Credit: NRL

Flegler joins the Dolphins after a career-best 2023 campaign with Brisbane and Australia. Gilbert is keen to strike up a combination with the no-nonsense prop.

“I love the way that maybe he and I could complement,” Gilbert said. “We’ve got to get out there in the next three months when he’s back in January.”

Getting the abrasive Ray Stone back from injury is another key piece as the Dolphins look to push for finals football in their second season. With Gilbert fit again and Flegler coming aboard, the platform is set for the Dolphins to take a step forward in 2024.

Published 30-December-2023

Redcliffe State High School Stars John Fineanganofo and Aholoka Toia Join NRL Dolphins

John Fineanganofo and Aholoka Toia — two standout players from Redcliffe State High School — have signed with the NRL Dolphins. This comes after impressive performances in Redcliffe’s Meninga Cup premiership triumph.

John Fineanganofo: Meninga Cup Standout

John Fineanganofo was one of the most influential players in the Meninga Cup last season, helping Redcliffe to the club premiership. The Dolphins academy signed the rookie five-eight or lock forward, who is known as a creative, ball-playing footballer who can easily play on the edge.

Aholoka Toia: Picture of Work Ethic

NRL Schoolboy Signings: Redcliffe State High School Stars John Fineanganofo and Aholoka Toia Join NRL Dolphins
John Fineanganofo and Aholoka Toia of Redcliffe State High
Photo Credit: Facebook/Redcliffe State High School Rugby League Supporters

Joining Fineanganofo at the Dolphins is fellow Redcliffe State High pupil Aholoka Toia. The midfielder may not be flashy, but coaches say he puts in a mountain of work. Toia was instrumental in helping Redcliffe win the 2022 Meninga Cup.

Slightly under the radar, Toia is now being rewarded for his tireless work ethic and continued improvement. He is the brother of 2022 Queensland U19 centre Rob Toia, who has signed with the Sydney Roosters.

Redcliffe State High School: An Up-and-Coming program

NRL Schoolboy Signings: Redcliffe State High School Stars John Fineanganofo and Aholoka Toia Join NRL Dolphins
Photo Credit: Facebook/Redcliffe State High School Rugby League Supporters

The two Dolphin signings highlight the young but growing rugby league program at Redcliffe State High School. Previous graduates include current Dolphins Josh Beehag and Nathan Watts, as well as NRL stars Josh McGuire and Daly Cherry-Evans. The program looks for disciplined, motivated students with a passion for the league.

2023 Dolphins Season

The Dolphins have made their debut in the NRL this season. Led by head coach Wayne Bennett and captain Jesse Bromwich, the Dolphins are chasing a playoff spot at the halfway point of the season. Embracing the challenges of being a new club, they are looking to grow and build a solid foundation for future success.

With the signing of Fineanganofo and Toia, the Redcliffe State program continues to build a pathway for aspiring NRL players. The Redcliffe faithful are eager to see the impact of these two home-grown stars at the highest level.

Published 19 July 2023