Reuben blitzes again in Blackhawks win
Monday, June 26, 2017
STORY ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON THE TOWNSVILLE BULLETIN WEBSITE
Jon Tuxworth, Townsville Bulletin
June 25, 2017 6:11pm
TOWNSVILLE Blackhawks speed machine Jonathon Reuben has continued his incredible try scoring blitz by adding four more to his bulging tally in Sunday’s 50-8 thrashing of Tweed Heads at Pigabeen Complex.
The Blackhawks were wary not to take the bottom-placed Seagulls lightly after they pulled off the upset of the year in Papua New Guinea last week, and they dominated from the outset.
Left winger Reuben had a hat-trick by halftime as the Blackhawks built a commanding 30-8 lead, while centre Jordan Drew scored twice in his first game for the club.
Reuben has now scored an incredible 23 tries in 16 games this year, with Blackhawks teammate Carlin Anderson his nearest rival in the Queensland Cup with 14.
“Jonno’s a freak, he’s one bloke you can’t match for pace and he’s been an invaluable player for us,” Blackhawks prop Dan Beasley said.
“It’s good to have him on the back of a forward pack going forward.
“He did some long range stuff and put on the burners. It’s always good being a forward and watching him burn those metres up.”
Beasley said the team’s focus on playing tough football over the past month has been the basis behind their form surge.
They have won three and drawn one of their past four matches, including victories over top three sides Sunshine Coast and Redcliffe.
“Moving forward I think we’ve found a recipe to how we get results, as long as we stick to wanting to play tough and grind the opposition out,” Beasley said.
“We’ve got far too much talent in our team that if we go set for set, eventually we’re going to find points.
“They (Seagulls) have shown their ability this year to knock off top teams. There’s no way we could come into this game cocky or over confident, we had to approach it the right way.”
Beasley credited halves Michael Parker-Walshe and Kierran Moseley for helping spark the ten-tries-to-one blitz.
“We played very composed football and the halves did a good job of that and directing us,” he said.
“All the guys had a tough mentality around their games.”
The Blackhawks return home next week to take on North Devils on Sunday afternoon.
INTRUST SUPER CUP ROUND 16
TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS 50 (Jonathon Reuben 4, Jordan Drew 2, Carlin Anderson, Davin Crampton, Ty Carucci, Blake Leary tries; Anderson 5 goals) bt TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 8 (Michael Burgess try; Lindon McGrady 2 goals) at Pigabeen Complex on Sunday.