In-form Tweed Heads Seagulls centre James Wood (right) will line up against the classy Clinton Toopi of the Burleigh Bears this weekend.
In-form Tweed Heads Seagulls centre James Wood (right) will line up against the classy Clinton Toopi of the Burleigh Bears this weekend. Scott Powick SMP images

Seagulls train with Blues

THE training session the Tweed Heads Seagulls had with the NSW State of Origin side last Thursday gave the boys a boost which is sometimes needed halfway through the season.

It also seemed to strengthen the team’s defence.

It was a hard session with the Blues not holding anything back but the boys got a lot more out of the session then a few bumps and bruises, with the Blues squad offering advice on how to read a players’ movement in attack and how to counteract it in defence.

The advice certainly seemed to register with our forwards being as dominant as I have seen them over Norths last weekend, which allowed our backs to have a field day;.

The back row partnership of Ben Ridge and Tom Kingston led the way in both attack and defence.

In turn, our WWW combination, Woods, White and Walker, terrorised the opposition as Brad Davis weaved his magic.

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THIS week is the local derby against the Burleigh Bears.

There is always a little bit of extra spice and motivation when it comes to playing in local derbies.

We are coming off a convincing win and maybe one of our best games of the season.

Burleigh on the other hand had a narrow loss to the Magpies and will be looking at getting some momentum going.

So all that this means is that it is going to be a tough contest. But you would not expect anything else from these two sides.

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JAMES Woods may have had the edge in attack last weekend but he is not going to have it all his own way this weekend as he lines up against Clinton Toopi.

Now this is the match-up of the round in my mind. Both are class centres and have been in great form this season.

Toopi will be stinging from being dropped from the Titans line-up a few weeks back and will be looking to make an impact to push for his spot back.

Woodsy was extremely dangerous last week and on more than one occasion terrorised the opposition and I’m sure he’d like to get one over his big-name opponent.

Toopi will have the weight advantage while Woodsy will have the speed so the contest will come down to whoever’s forwards can get on top and who can take advantage of opportunities.

It is going to be an arm wrestle between these two and it will be well worth the price of admission just to see these classy centres go at each other.



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