No excuses for ?Gulls

By Bob Anthony

TWEED Heads Seagulls coach Steve Murphy has nominated South Logan Magpies as a side to watch in the Queensland Cup.

The Brisbane team scored a convincing 36-6 win over Seagulls n Saturday in what was a dark day for the Tweed club.

Murphy said there were no excuses and Seagulls was simply beaten by a better side who created their own luck and made the most of their The week opportunities.

The week previous, the Magpies had pushed competition front-runners North Queensland in Townsville, and had turned things around to show they will be a force in the Queensland Cup.

Seagulls will face the Young Guns at the Piggabeen Sporting Complex next Sunday in their first home game of the year.

"Souths started well and maintained their dominance throughout the game and didn't let us get into it," Murphy said yesterday.

"Our defence around the middle was poor and we didn't cope with the little things that went against us.

"They scored some very opportunistic tries which rocked us and we were down 26-0 at half-time.

"We talked about commitment at the break and at least I was pleased that we showed more in the second half and didn't let the game blow out."

Murphy said his team was struggling to overcome the loss of captain Andrew Moroney who is out for the season.

However, Murphy believes his side will step up against the reigning premiers on Sunday.

"We have played three games and know we have been in all of them but have let ourselves down," he said.

"We just have to get it all together like we did against Wynnum and the Young Guns could be the challenge we need."

Rather than be worried about the fact they are playing North Queensland, Murphy said he wouldn't have it any other way.

He said the side tended to lift when they played against teams above them on the ladder and next Sunday would be the perfect opportunity to do so.

What was of concern was a growing injury toll for Seagulls with forwards Jeff Moate and Matt Austin in doubt.

In the FOGS Competition (former Mixwell Cup), Seagulls suffered their first loss of the competition, going down in the dying minutes of the game 12-16 to South Logan.

It was a black afternoon for the club with the Colts beaten 38-22.

Next week in the FOGS comp, because the Young Guns do not have a side entered, Tweed Heads will play the Sunshine Coast Falcons in both A Grade and Colts.

SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 36 (Damian Willis (3), Matt Templeman (2), Mick Anschau, C McGuirk tries; B Costin (4) goals

TWEED HEADS 6 (Scott Ella try; Brad Davis goal)

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