Devils snatch victory from Seagulls at weekend game
AN ARRAY of penalties by Tweed Seagulls saw the Norths Devils snatch a 16 to 14 win yesterday at Bishop Park.
The Devils started off well, scoring all the points in the first half and defending well against a motivated, but unfocused, Seagulls side.
Playing aggressively meant the Seagulls gave away too many penalties, resulting in a number of players being placed on report.
Norths capitalised with three unconverted tries, leaving the game wide open for Seagulls to return with an interesting comeback.
After the break Seagulls returned ready to fight for the win, with Tom Merritt planting a right-hand-corner try after some superb ball work on the Devils' line.
After making up some lost first-half possession, Seagulls forward Cory Blair crossed the try line again after putting the pressure on the Devils through solid attack, leaving the score 12 to 10.
Norths crossed again some time later for what would later be seen as the match winning try, but near the end of the game Matt Hundy did his best to even the odds, crossing the Devils line again.
But the Devils held onto their two point lead until the final siren rang in a disappointing defeat for the away team.
Later this week the Seagulls will face off against the ladder-topping Northern Pride, in an undoubtedly tricky test for the Tweed team.
Seagulls will be head-hunting for the win in what has been a see-sawing season of promising wins and de-motivating losses for our local league legends.