A COURAGEOUS defensive performance in the first 15 minutes was the catalyst for Tweed Heads Seagulls continuing on their winning in their round 6 Queensland Rugby league Intrust Cup clash with Northern Pride at Piggabeen Oval yesterday.
The win was the Seagulls' fourth on the trot and they now line in outright second place on the ladder on 9 points behind leaders and defending premiers, Wynnum-Manly (12).
Pride dominated the possession during that opening period and on no less than eight occasions they had ball-carriers pulled down within a metre of the Seagulls tryline.
It truly was a memorable defensive performance by the home side which, after weathering the onslaught, finally got their fair share of possession and subsequently field position to enable them to run in four tries to take what appeared to be an unassailable 24-0 in the sheds at half-time.
However that early energy-sapping defensive effort - plus the loss in the first set of hard-working back rower Selasi Birdie with a hammy injury - told over the back end of the second stanza.
Northern Pride ensured it was a nail-biting finish by posting three tries after the break, the final touchdown with three minutes still on the clock.
Corey Blair had a match to remember - he shouldn't have had to put his hand into his kick to buy a beer at the post-match function.
The back rower was a tower of strength in the rucks where his huge hits and high work-rate inspired his team-mates to keep going, especially as they wilted in the run to the full-time hooter.
Seagulls 24 (Tom Merritt 3, Matt Carbutt tries; Brad Davis 4 goals) def Northern Pride 22 (Daniel Crampton, Scott Gibson, Ty Williams, Ben Spina tries; Chey Bird 3 goals).