Dolphins vs Storm: Phins Chase Another Upset Against Table-Toppers Melbourne

The Dolphins will look to pull off another boilover when they host leaders Melbourne Storm on Friday, June 21. Wayne Bennett’s men are brimming with confidence after toppling the Sharks last round and need just one more win to match their inaugural season victory tally. Dolphins vs Storm kickoff 8:00 p.m. Suncorp Stadium.

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Injury boosts for both sides

While the hosts lose Queensland stars Felise Kaufusi and Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow to Origin duties, they regain Jesse Bromwich from a rib injury. Exciting winger Tesi Niu is also a chance to return from an ankle issue. 

For the Storm, Trent Loiero is set to be released from Maroons camp to play, while Ryan Papenhuyzen could make his long-awaited comeback from an ankle problem.

Dolphins vs Storm

The Dolphins’ attack has been firing on all cylinders, scoring at least 20 points in their past six outings. Winger Jack Bostock has crossed for 10 tries in his last 11 games. As Bromwich is passed fit, Bennett’s pack receives another major boost.

Despite being without Maroons duo Harry Grant and Xavier Coates, Melbourne’s depth remains the envy of most clubs. Jahrome Hughes has been instrumental in nine of their 10 wins this season, while Nick Meaney has amassed 62 points in his last four outings alone. The returning Papenhuyzen would also be a huge addition.

One concerning stat for Dolphins fans is that Bennett’s teams have now lost 11 straight against Melbourne. However, this Dolphins outfit continues to exceed expectations and will fancy their chances of an upset on home soil.

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Jeremy Marshall-King extends

In a major boost ahead of the crunch clash, the Dolphins locked in a key part of their future by extending dummy-half Jeremy Marshall-King’s deal until 2028. The Kiwi international has been a revelation since joining the club and forms a crucial part of their long-term spine plans.

Published 19-June-2024

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

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

NRL Acknowledges Referee Error in Dolphins Game

The National Rugby League (NRL) has acknowledged a crucial referee error during Canberra’s golden-point victory over the Dolphins (formerly called the Redcliffe Dolphins).

The score was tied at 30-30 when Canberra’s Hudson Young knocked the ball forward into Ray Stone’s arm, before regaining possession. The Raiders were then awarded a set restart after NRL officials pinged Kaufusi for knocking the ball forward. Jamal Fogarty later scored the match-winning field goal over the Dolphins.

NRL Head of Football Graham Annesley admitted that referee Peter Gough was obscured in his view of the knock-on resulting in the referee error, but the sideline officials should have stopped play. Annesley expressed his disappointment that an official decision had affected the game’s outcome. 

The NRL is reviewing South Sydney’s interchange breach, and it is likely that they will receive a fine for having 14 men on the field for 15 seconds during their win over Brisbane.

Annesley also warned against blanket punishments, arguing that circumstances vary in each case. He pointed out that teams have previously been docked points in close matches for interchange breaches, with Canterbury being the most recent in 2009. 

However, he emphasized that blanket rules are not the answer, as there are many different circumstances and degrees of seriousness. He gave an example of how a player’s presence on the field might significantly impact the game’s outcome in one scenario but not in another.

Published 5-May-2023