President Cup win proves Springfield the team to beat
WYNNUM arrived at Springfield Lakes on Saturday as Barber Cup ladder leaders, intent on claiming the mid-season President's Cup.
They headed home as ladder leaders, just, but the President's Cup was left behind.
The cup was firmly in the Springfield Hawks' grasp after Wynnum's 43-14 loss.
That was despite Springfield having their fullback, John-Paul Reville sent off after 20 minutes and inside centre Victor Mafi spending 10 minutes in the sin-bin soon after.
It was proof that the Hawks, not defending premiers Wynnum, are now the team to beat in the top Brisbane Subdistricts competition.
The Hawks were already up 22-0 when Reville made the lifting tackle that had the referee drawing a red card.
"Wynnum didn't expect that I don't think," Hawks coach Jeremy Clark said of his team's early onslaught.
"We just terrorized them everywhere.
"The forwards were setting the platform and the backs cut them up."
Clark praised two-try loosehead prop Faofu Tuala, otherwise known as Jack Boom-Boom, for his part in demolishing the Wynnum scrum.
It was the perfect stage for five-eighth Walter Seupule to control play and release his outside runners.
Then came the red card, something Clark had seen coming after speaking to the referee before the game.
"He's only little," Clark said of his 19-year-old fullback.
"I couldn't see too much of what happened. But the ref came up to us before the game.
"He told us any fighting and it would be a red card instantly."
There was no fighting but Reville did enough to earn an early shower.
While he and Mafi (professional foul) were both off Wynnum scored all their points.
"They didn't kick for touch the whole time," Clark said.
"They tapped and ran it.
"So I think they thought we were going to run out of puff."
The plan failed when Mafi returned from the bin, with Springfield proving 14 men on the field was more than enough to restore their dominance.
The challenge now for Clark is to keep his team motivated and improving in the run to finals.
"I think we can get better," he said. "I still don't think we've put it all together for 80 minutes."
The stage was set for the Springfield firsts on Saturday following their Reserve grade (Pegg Cup) team's 37-22 win over Wynnum.
It was also a top of the table clash, with Springfield now boasting a five-point lead on top.
Meanwhile, Ipswich Rangers went down 64-0 to Caboolture away in the Barber Cup.
That came after their Pegg Cup side had fought gallantly to lose 17-16.