The Dolphins emphatically took their place in the NRL this afternoon, showing everyone including league heavy-weights the Roosters they have earnt the right to be there.
In front of a crowd of 32,177 people at Suncorp Stadium, the Dolphins thrilled fans with a 28-18 win over their much-fancied rivals.
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They proved they are no easy-beats, with the squad’s experienced players leading from the front and calming the nerves of their younger teammates.
The side made a steady, composed start but the Roosters scored first in the 10th minute. About five minutes later The Hammer, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, made Dolphins’ history when he scored the first try for the club at NRL level.
The Roosters scored again in the 18th minute before the Dolphins’ workhorse Mark Nicholls crossed in the 35th minute to the crowd’s delight. A conversion by Jamayne Isaako levelled the scores going into half time.
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