Late Cup debut for Briggs

Rugby League

TWEED Heads has elevated prop Matthew Briggs from the Northern Rivers competition to its inter-change bench for the club's final Queensland Cup game of the season against Central at Piggabeen tomorrow from 2.30pm.

Briggs, who arrived at the club from Toowoomba this season, has been one of the standouts in the club's Northern Rivers team, which wrapped up the minor premiership last week.

Although both sides are out of finals contention, the Seagulls will be keen for a win which could lift them to sixth spot on the competition ladder if rivals Burleigh can beat Wynnum tomorrow.

A loss could see Tweed finish as low as eighth.

It has been a disappointing campaign for Central, who have taken just four points all season.

One of those was against Tweed in a thrilling 30-all draw in the opening game of the season.

Tweed coach Steve Murphy has called on his players to lift one more time.

"A loss will see us finish in eighth, which would be disappointing considering the quality of football we have played this season," Murphy said. "I was extremely disappointed with the effort last weekend against Wynnum (a 42-28 loss) as we were ill-disciplined and lacked intensity in defence.

"We will need to improve."

Meanwhile, Brad Davis, Andrew Maroney and Tom Prichard will all be keen for big games.

The three are in contention for this year's Qantas Player of the Year award, which will be announced next month on grand final day.

TWEED HEADS: Nat Barnes, Nathan Small, David Strachan, Josh Vaughan, Damien Moar, Brad Davis, Tim Maccan, Tom Prichard, Matt King, Jeff Moate, Eddie Harrison, Andrew Maroney, Ben Hill. Interchange: Ben Quinlan, Ryan O'Connell, Jay Hampson, Matt Briggs.

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