Walker stars for Tweed

By BOB ANTHONY

A HAT-TRICK of tries to speed machine Shannon Walker steered the Tweed Heads Seagulls to a 40-20 victory over Souths Logan in their round 20 Queensland Cup clash at Piggabeen yesterday.

Despite the comfortable winning margin, the result left Tweed coach Troy McCarthy less than impressed.

"I think we tried to be too flashy today and didn't show enough substance in our game," McCarthy said.

"We knew Souths was a side that were unpredictable and could put on tries and letting in four in the second half was disappointing.

"It was our backs that pulled us through so there's plenty to look at this week at training.

"The win keeps us in the top three which is what we are aiming for.

"However we need to remained focused and not start thinking about what lies ahead because any slip now could cost us dearly."

McCarthy suspected next week's local derby clash against Burleigh at Piggabeen may have been in some players' minds. Yesterday's win belonged to Seagulls' potent backline which scored seven of the team's eight tries.

Apart from the Walker triple, centre James Woods scored a double, last year's leading Queensland Cup try scorer Nathaneal Barnes also crossed the tryline as did stand-in half Daniel Evans.

Lock Matt Pow was the only forward to score a try while five-eighth Brad Davis landed four conversions.

The scoreline could have been a lot closer had Souths Logan been able to convert any of their five tries. McCarthy praised his backline, especially Evans who shone in the halfback role.

"We gave our bench players a lot more time on the field this week to build their experience which will be vital comes the finals," McCarthy said.

"Next week we know we have a tough game against Burleigh and we will need just to keep a lid on the emotion and passion."

While Seagulls are shaping up to have at least two of their sides in the semi-finals action, their chances of retaining the Spotless Club Championship look all but gone after the FOGS Cup and Colts sides both went down to Souths Logan yesterday.

The Fogs Cup side lost 34-26 while the Colts, who secured the minor premiership last week, lost 24-12. It is the Colts' second consecutive loss after they dominated the early season.

Seagulls FOGS Cup side is still in with a slim chance of making the finals but must win both remaining matches against Burleigh and Easts Tigers to have any hope.

TWEED HEADS 40: Tries: Shannon Walker 3, James Woods 2, Nathaneal Barnes, Matt Pow, Daniel Evans. Goals: Brad Davis 4.

SOUTHS LOGAN 20: Tries: Quentin Laulu Toagagae 2, Christain Thompson 2. Simon Sorbello.



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