Hopes on knife?s edge
By ADAM WRATTEN
TWEED Heads' Queensland Cup finals hopes are hanging by a thread after yesterday's 40-22 loss to Redcliffe at Dolphin Park.
While still "mathematically possible" to make the top five, Seagulls coach Steve Murphy said with four rounds to go the chances were "realistically not that great".
Four late Redcliffe tries condemned Tweed Heads to its third straight loss yesterday, leaving the club four points adrift of fifth-placed Toowoomba, who had a 28-14 away win against Easts on Saturday.
"It probably hinged on that performance (yesterday)," Murphy said.
"We have to rely on Toowoomba losing a couple, while we win all our remaining games."
He said Tweed were "60 per cent better in terms of effort and attitude" against Redcliffe than they had been the week before, when they suffered a shock home loss to Souths-Logan.
"It's hard to get excited about having 40 points put on you," Murphy said.
"(But) there was plenty of effort and the game was there to be won. We made a few poor choices."
Tweed raced to an early 8-0 lead and went into half-time leading 12-8.
With 15 minutes remaining they were still in the hunt, trailing 26-22.
"It was very tight all the way, similar to the Burleigh game," Murphy said.
"The scoreline was not a true reflection ... (and) the penalty count was 10-0 against us."
Wingers Nat Barnes, Damien Moar and centre Nathan Small were among Tweed's best on the day.
Fullback Ryan O'Connell, who was carried from the field on a stretcher with a neck injury, is likely to miss next week's game against the North Queensland Young Guns at Piggabeen.
Murphy has called on his troops to finish the season strongly.
"It's important for us to finish well," he said.
"We have lost three in a row and it's important we don't drop off.
"Everyone has played well (this year) and we have really troubled the top teams, so I want to see us finish on a good note."
REDCLIFFE 40 (Tries: L Georgetown 2, R Cullen, P Shilvock, G Bourke, D O'Grady, S Fish, W Bond; Goals: G Bourke 4) d TWEED HEADS 22 (Tries: D Strachan 2, N Barnes, N Small, A Maroney; Goals: B Davis).