South Tweed to keep it simple
By ADAM WRATTEN
SOUTH Tweed coach Brock Mathers has warned his players must eliminate the mistakes if they are to return to winning ways against a red-hot Seagulls outfit tonight.
After a promising start to this year's Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League campaign, South Tweed came unstuck last weekend against the previously win-less Mullumbimby.
Mathers said penalties and mistakes late in the tackle count had cost his side.
And he knows Seagulls will punish any errors in tonight's clash at Dave Burns Field.
"At this stage in the competition they (Seagulls) are the team to beat," said Mathers who also indicated slowing down Seagulls' play the ball would also be crucial
"We know they are going to be quick. "We have got to focus on completing our sets. Our form's been good as long as we don't give away penalties and make mistakes and get a good kick away it's going to make the difference."
Seagulls head into the match on a high and for the first time in two years coach Troy McCarthy has been able to name an unchanged side.
Seagulls destroyed Cudgen in the second half of their game last week and McCarthy wants his players to bring the same enthusiasm to tonight's showdown.
"They (South Tweed) have the ability to score points very quickly," McCarthy said. "We need to make sure we play at 100 per cent for the full 80 minutes."
If South Tweed are going to beat their rivals the Koalas will need big games from the Slockee brothers, fullback Gene and centre Doug.
Gene returned to the side last week after an ankle injury kept him out of South Tweed's winning start to the season.
"We're expecting a tough game," Gene Slockee said.
"They gave Cudgen a drubbing last week.
"Our forwards are going to have to lay the platform down again, as they did last week. But, then we turned over to much ball.
"We have to make sure we take advantage (tonight)."