Dolphins go back to basics to break relative drought
RUGBY UNION: Noosa returned to the winner's circle with a gritty display against Maroochydore at Cotton Tree on Saturday, when the reigning premiers went back to basics to find some form.
The Dolphins bagged a 29-7 victory over the Swans to snap a two-game winless run, which in relative terms was a drought for the region's traditional rugby powerhouse.
They copped a 38-19 loss to Caloundra a fortnight ago before being held to a 22-22 draw by University of the Sunshine Coast a week ago.
So they simplified things for the clash with Maroochydore.
"It's probably been a matter of just getting back to basics I guess and getting the boys to do what they were doing the first four or five weeks of the season,” coach Michael Phelan said.
"You get your troughs and peaks during the season and we've gone through ours (trough) in the last two or three weeks.”
No.8 Corey Dietrich has been one of their best during the past month while second-rower Jonathan Davey has also been a rock for the men in maroon.
They led the charge against the Swans, when the Dolphins showed plenty of resolve.
"It's always tough against Maroochy,” Phelan said.
"They always get up for this game and we knew it was going to be a tough one but it's good to get those points on the board and hopefully we'll build from here.
"I thought our defence was good. They (the Swans) obviously only got over for the one try.
"Despite having as many penalties and turnovers as the boys had, they stood up in defence and they managed to get the ball back most times so they didn't give up.
"They were giving 100 percent the whole game, which is all you can ask for.”
The Dolphins are second of four teams in the Sunshine Coast A-grade competition with six rounds remaining and will next face leaders Caloundra, who they have lost to in three of their past four meetings.
"It (the match) is at Noosa so having a home game against those boys will be pretty exciting,” Phelan said.
"The boys will be looking forward to it and so will the crowd.”
He said they're looking for some payback
"Redemption would be nice. I think it's going to be important to have a couple of really good performances against Caloundra, hopefully, coming up to semis,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Lighthouses beat University 28-14 at Sippy Downs.