TWEED Heads Seagulls coach, Ben Anderson, says he is likely to have the services of the classy Dominic Peyroux when his troops do battle with the Souths Logan Magpies in their Intrust Cup rugby league clash at Piggabeen Sports Complex tomorrow (3pm).
Peyroux has played solidly on the wing and in the centres for the Gold Coast Titans in recent weeks and his inclusion would certainly boost the Seagulls' winning prospects.
In the official team lists, Matt Hundy has been named at number four but if Peyroux does come back to the Seagulls, Hundy will go back to the Bycroft Cup - there's no place on the Seagulls' bench for a backline player.
"It would be terrific to welcome Dom back to the team and fingers crossed he'll take to the field against the Magpies," Anderson said.
"Dom is a terrific footballer - all class in both attack and defence - having someone of his calibre running around for us will improve our premiership prospects - depending of course on whether the Titans call on his services again and that's always on the cards."
Anderson was "very happy" with the Seagulls come-from-behind 22-19 win over Central Capras in Rockhampton last Sunday and says his team "deserved to win after scoring five tries to three".
"If Brad Davis hadn't had an off-day with the boot - he managed just one successful kick - we would have been home comfortably on the scoreboard," Anderson said.
Despite dominating play for most of the match, the Seagulls found themselves trailing 19-18 until four minutes from "whoa" when Brad Lees crossed for the match-winner.
Anderson has been delighted with the form being shown by big Ryan James following his return to football after a long lay-off due to knee reconstruction surgery last winter.
James has now had a couple of gallops for the Titans, coming off the bench in two 20-minute stints, and has impressed Anderson with his performances.
"These comebacks from such injuries normally take a player a long time to get back to form but Ryan is heading in the right direction as he builds on his confidence and runs into a bit of nick," Anderson said.
Anderson has also been pleased by the form being shown at five-eighth by Beau Henry, who is also returning to his peak following an extended period on the sidelines with injury.
"Beau's a quality player and his kicking game, ability to read play and the way he attacks the line with the ball make him a very valuable member of the team," Anderson said.
The coach, although quietly confident his charges can chalk up another victory and remain near the top of the ladder, has warned his team not to take the visitors lightly.
"They have shown a couple of times this season that they have some good games in them so I've told my blokes they can't go out there expecting to win by just going through the motions," Anderson said.
Tweed Heads Seagulls: 1 Phil Graham 2 Joe Vickery 3 James Wood 4 Matt Hundy/Dominic Peyroux 5 Tom Merritt 6 Beau Henry 7 Brad Davis (c) 8 Aaron Cannings 9 Matt King 10 Michael Henderson 11 Rod Griffin 12 Cody Nelson 13 Tom Kingston 14 Michael Parker-Walsh 15 Jake Leary 16 Ryan Milligan 20 Ryan James.
Souths Logan Magpies: 1 Dallas Anderson 2 Chris Medcalf 3 Walter Imo 4 Mat Templeman 5 Josh Damon 6 Ben Cronin 7 Dan Humphreys 8 Dario Esposito 9 Eliakim Uasi 10 Matt Cameron 11 Andrew Edwards 12 Sam Gardel 13 Rez Phillips 14 Wade Liddell 15 Darcy Wright 16 Mat Pitman 17 Phil Dennis.
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