Gulls grab first win
By BOB ANTHONY
TWEED Heads produced a "Barnes-storming" finish to down the Ipswich Jets in a rugged Queensland Cup rugby league clash at Piggabeen Sports Complex at the weekend.
The Seagulls finally got their Queensland Cup campaign up and running with flying winger Nathanael Barnes inspiring his side to a 34-14 win over the Jets on Saturday.
The win will come as welcome relief for a side which had endured two losses and a bye in the opening three rounds but coach Troy McCarthy was far from excited by the performance.
"There was still plenty of scope to improve," McCarthy said.
"We still had too much dropped ball and our completion rates still need to improve but we'll take the win."
Seagulls enjoyed a dream start to the match with centre James Woods crossing for a try in the opening minute but a litany of handling errors allowed the Jets to claw their way back into the contest.
Seagulls held on to lead 12-10 at the half-time break but four second-half tries, including a double from Barnes, put paid to a spirited Jets outfit. For the Tweed faithful who braved the threatening skies, the win was an indication of what their side can do when they retain control of the ball.
For those same fans the win is hopefully the platform which the side can use to climb up the Queensland Cup points ladder.