Jordan Atkins in action for the Seagulls.
Jordan Atkins in action for the Seagulls. Scott Powick

Gulls defend home record

IT'S a game where form goes out the window - the Queensland Cup clash between the Tweed Heads Seagulls and the Burleigh Bears.

Tomorrow afternoon at Ned Byrne Field, Kingscliff, the two teams clash in what could be the making of their respective seasons as the competition nears the finals.

With only five rounds to go this weekend is crucial for Tweed Heads, sitting in sixth position on the ladder with Burleigh just one win ahead in fifth spot.

While this year's Queensland Cup finals series will take in six teams, neither side can afford to drop too many games.

But there is more at stake than just positions on the table.

The games between the two sides are always very physical and intense affairs and Tweed captain and co-coach Brad Davis said it was just as important to be mentally prepared as it was physically.

“This is a big game for us, coming off two narrow losses which were largely our fault,” Davis said.

“In both cases, it was a lack of focus and poor execution which cost us, and against the Sunshine Coast, we showed a lack of composure in building pressure.

“Burleigh will be coming at us hard and we will need to match their intensity, particularly in defence.”

Seagulls will welcome back hardworking forward Daniel Conn, who together with prop Brock Hunter, Josh Graham and Selasi Berdie will give the pack added depth.

Tweed will also field a quick backline with centre Jordan Atkins regaining the form that saw him in Titans colours last year.

“We're aiming to square the ledger after our poor performance against Burleigh the last time we played them, and want to keep our track record at Kingscliff strong,” Davis said.

Tweed and Burleigh will also meet in FOGS Cup and Colts with the Colts kicking off at 11.45am followed by the FOGS Cup side and the Queensland Cup at 3pm.

In other Queensland Cup matches, Redcliffe hosts the Northern Pride in the ABC TV game this afternoon, Ipswich is home to the Sunshine Coast, Wynnum Manly travels to Souths Logan, the Central Comets are home to Easts and Norths Devils host Mackay.



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