'Gulls pay the penalty

CONSISTENCY is proving to be the missing component in the Tweed Heads Seagulls' game after they went down to the Central Comets 22-10 in Rockhampton on Saturday night.

Struggling to cope with a punishing 14-5 penalty count, Seagulls were unable to match the home side's enthusiasm with the Comets dominating in defence.

While many of Seagulls' attacking forays ended without reward, the Comets made the most of their opportunities, bagging two tries against the run of play to lead 16-10 at half-time.

The Comets added another try in a dour second half to seal the victory.

The result ensured Tweed Heads coach Steve Anderson's return to Rockhampton didn't go the way he wanted but he was pleased with the improvement in his side after their drubbing at the hands of Souths Logan the previous week.

“I can't fault the players' efforts or commitment,” the former Central Comets coach said yesterday.

“When you are so heavily penalised you are virtually giving the opposition another 10 sets of six and that takes its toll on the boys in defence.

“To their credit, the Comets just grafted out the win and played for the entire 80 minutes.

“We created plenty of attacking opportunities but just seemed to take the wrong options.

“It was a far better showing by our blokes than last week though we need to find that level of consistency throughout the game.

“The talent is there, we just need to the players to start working together more and hopefully that's coming.”

Front-rower Brock Hunter was among Seagulls best while back-rower Selasi Berdie continued to impress.

Winger Cameron White, a member of the Gold Coast Titans' under-20s team in 2008, also produced a strong game.

“We have a number of young guys in our side who are learning about the game each week and I didn't expect them to find their feet straight away but you can see them developing with each game,” Anderson said.

Seagulls, who are languishing near the bottom of the ladder with just one win from the opening three rounds, will be hoping to ignite their season when they host Ipswich at Ned Byrne Field, Kingscliff on Sunday.

Ipswich, grand finalists in 2008, are without a win in 2009 and were beaten 20-18 by reigning premiers Souths Logan at the weekend.

Mackay remains at the top of the ladder after downing the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles 22-16, Northern Pride edged out Easts Tigers 19-18, the Burleigh Bears downed the previously undefeated Norths 28-14 and Redcliffe won the battle of the bay against Wynnum Manly 42-16.

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