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Dolphins show their strength

The Dolphins have shown once again they deserve to be in the competition after executing the equal biggest comeback in NRL history in their round eight match against the Gold Coast Titans.

It was 25 years ago in round 12 of the 1998 season when the Cowboys came from 26 points down to beat the Panthers.

Down 26-0 after the Titans scored four tries during the first half, it looked dire for the newbies in the competition. But Dolphins fans were rewarded with some epic play when the tables turned and their team crossed the line with five unanswered tries at Suncorp Stadium.

A Euan Aitken try with six minutes left to play gave the Dolphins their first lead of the game and they held on for a famous victory.

The Titans threw everything at the Dolphins in the final five minutes but the Dolphins held on to seal a memorable comeback victory.

All the talk was on Dolphins winger Robert Jennings, who appeared to have what commentators are calling a crazy performance on the field. Jennings scored the try which got the Dolphins on the board, but then somehow failed to get over the line on one occasion and also knocked on denying the Dolphins two tries in the space of five minutes when they were behind 26-18. Minutes later he redeemed himself, crossing in the corner for another try.

The win saw the Dolphins move inside the top eight for the first time in their inaugural season.

It hasn’t been all smooth sailing for the Dolphins since being beaten by fellow Brisbane team, the Broncos back in round four. They were beaten by the Dragons 38-12 in round five, managed a cool 10 point win over the Cowboys in Townsville for round six, but struggled against the Bunnies in round seven, going down 36-14.

The Dolphins are back at Suncorp on May 6 up against fellow top eight team, the Cronulla Sharks before they have a bye in round 11. There will be further home ground action when they return to Suncorp on May 20 for their round 12 match against the Melbourne Storm. But no doubt all eyes will be on Redcliffe in round 13, when the Dolphins host the Dragons at Kayo Stadium, hoping to change the result from the last time these two teams met in round five.

As they say in rugby league circles, “Phins up”!

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