Barrage ends hope
By ADAM WRATTEN
THREE quick-fire Burleigh tries, two from ex-Seagulls player Balin Cupples, killed off a spirited Tweed Heads effort midway through the second half of yesterday's Queensland Cup clash.
The tries came within the space of seven minutes and shortly after Tweed Heads looked like they had crossed the line themselves and tied the scores up at 18-all.
Instead, they found themselves 32-12 down with less than 20 minutes to play and despite fighting to the finish, Seagulls were unable to overcome a professional Burleigh outfit that ran out 38-18 winners in front of a crowd of more than 1000 people at Piggabeen Sports Complex.
After a tough first half, in which Burleigh jumped to a 12-0 lead, the Seagulls took all the momentum into the break having scored two late tries.
It was game on at the start of the second stanza.
But Burleigh, to their credit, weathered the Tweed storm and with captain Ali Brown making his physical presence felt, the Bears ground out a win.
The result leaves Tweed Heads sitting in eighth position on the Queensland Cup ladder after consecutive defeats to Easts and Burliegh, joint competition leaders.