Seagulls try-scoring ace Nat Barnes on the fly
Seagulls try-scoring ace Nat Barnes on the fly

Seagulls sitting pretty

By Bob Anthony bob.anthony@tweednews.com.au

THE Tweed Heads Seagulls have posted three wins in a row to cement their place in the Queensland Cup top five. Tweed hosted Ipswich on Saturday at the Piggabeen Sporting Complex and came away convincing 26-10 winners in a bruising round seven encounter. Seagulls, coming off the bye, were wary of the Jets who have been threatening to break through for their second win of the season. Seagulls coach, Steve Murphy, had declared that games after the bye shaped as 'danger games' for his side. Murphy's fears threatened to come true early Saturday as the physical Ipswich side tested Seagulls early before Mat King scored with Brad Davis kicking the conversion to give the home side a 6-0 lead. However, Ipswich fought back with a converted try from Mat Cameron to set up a 6-all scoreline at the half-time break. "I was pleased in the first half, even though we didn't control the ball as well as we should have, we stepped up in our defensive effort," Murphy said. "The second half was a much better in both turnovers and discipline and our forward pack worked pretty hard against the Jets who kept coming at us." Seagulls came out with far more determination and aggression in the second half and hit the front in the 48th minute when lock Matt Pow crossed beside the posts. Leading 12-6, Seagulls extended their lead seven minutes later when halfback Tim Maccan crossed for the first of his two tries for the day. Flying winger Nat Barnes then got in on the act to maintain his position atop the Queensland Cup tryscorers list. Barnes swooped on a loose pass from fullback Ryan Milligan before skirting around the Jets defence and sprinting 60m to score in the corner. When Maccan crossed for his second try just minutes later, Seagulls led 26-6. Jets scored a consolation try on the siren to complete the 26-10 scoreline. Maccan was named man of the match while Pow was a standout with his solid defence. It was a great day for Seagulls with Tweed downing Ipswich 28-18 in the FOGS A Grade clash while the Colts scored a convincing 38-16 win over the Jets. With the split round to be played, Seagulls' next match will be against the Central Comets in Rockhampton on May 6.



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