Rugged Rod Griffin will play a strong hand for Tweed Seagulls against Wynnum Manly at Piggabeen tomorrow.
Rugged Rod Griffin will play a strong hand for Tweed Seagulls against Wynnum Manly at Piggabeen tomorrow. SCOTT POWICK - STAFF

Barnes flies to other side

NATHANAEL Barnes will be swooping with another flock when he plays on the wing for Intrust Cup premiers Wynnum-Manly Seagulls, who tackle Tweed Heads Seagulls on their home turf at Piggabeen Sports Complex tomorrow.

Barnes established himself as one of the Tweed flock's favourite sons during an illustrious career, before trying his luck with the Broncos at the end of last season.

Barnes signed a contract with the Broncos but has been unable to break into the top side, allowing Wynnum Manly to use his undoubted talents on the flanks in the Queensland Cup's premier competition.

The speedster has been having a great season with the premiers and last week moved into outright fourth place on the competition's all-time try-scorers list on 97 after notching a first-half double in Wynnum's 48-6 win over Mackay Cutters.

Barnes is held in such high esteem by the Tweed Seagulls supporters that he is sure to receive a warm welcome from the sidelines, but not perhaps out on the field, where he'll be closely marked because of his amazing knack of sniffing out tries.

This match-up almost speaks for itself, so strong is the new rivalry between these two teams.

After going down by only two points in their grand final rematch in round one, it is now the Tweed Seagulls' turn to host Wynnum Manly in what is set to be a blockbuster game.

Paul Green's Wynnum Manly Seagulls had been below their best in recent weeks but they returned to peak form in spectacular fashion in thrashing Mackay.

Tweed Heads left it until the final moments to snatch a 23-16 win over Souths Logan but they did the job in style, so the stage is set for an enthralling game.

Tweed forward Aaron Cannings will run out for his 50th Cup game tomorrow, having also pulled on the boots for Ipswich.


Tweed Heads Seagulls: 1 Phil Graham 2 Joe Vickery 3 James Wood 4 Matt Hundy 5 Tom Merritt 6 Beau Henry 7 Brad Davis (c) 8 Aaron Cannings 9 Matt King 10 Michael Henderson 11 Rod Griffin 12 Cody Nelson 13 Tom Kingston 14 Michael Parker-Walshe 15 Jake Leary 16 Ryan Milligan 20 Ryan James.

Wynnum Manly Seagulls: 1 Sean Loxley 2 Peter Gubb 3 Dan Wallace 4 Jason Moon 5 Nathanael Barnes 6 Jacob Fauid 7 Matt Seamark 8 Charlie Gubb 9 Jake Granville 10 Dane Carlaw 11 Matt Smith 12 Jon Grieve 13 Luke Dalziel-Don (c) 14 John Te Reo 15 Andrew Clayton 16 Tim Natusch 17 Troyden Watene.

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