Bilambil Jets’ Corey Blair will line up today against the Seagulls.
Bilambil Jets’ Corey Blair will line up today against the Seagulls. Craig Sadler

Allison best chance against Jets

THE return from injury of several key players including goal-kicking winger, Ken Allison, has Tweed Seagulls coach, Nathan Cross, confident of success in this afternoon's Bycroft Cup rugby league stoush with Bilambil Jets at Piggabeen Sports Complex.

The match is the curtain-raiser to Tweed Seagulls' Intrust Cup match, so the Bycroft boys will get onto the field at 1.45pm.

Back into the Seagulls' nest are Allison, who missed last week's narrow loss to premiers Southport Tigers, big bruiser of a prop Tom Hancock, exciting lock,Matt O'Reilly and classy pivot,Nick Shepherdson.

Cross is particularly pleased about Allison's return at the end of the backline

“We matched Tigers with three tries last week but our replacement kickers were unable to find their marks and we lost by the odd goal,” Cross said. “Ken is a very good goal-kicker and you must have one of those on deck to have any premiership aspirations.”

Despite last week's loss, Cross was delighted with the vastly improved showing against the hot-shot Tigers and says he was far from unhappy sitting in a losing dressing room.

Bilambil coach, Jim Lenihan, is expecting a torrid tussle with the Seagulls but is adamant his troopers go into the game confident of giving more than a good account of themselves.

“I was happy with our first-up win over Hinterland and the run will do us the world of good. We'll need to be on our best form and behaviour against a good side but I'm confident we'll give it a shake,” Lenihan said.



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