Heat on Seagulls for team spots

COMPETITION remains hot for Tweed Seagulls Intrust Super Cup spots after the club's first hit-out of the year, against Souths Logan last Saturday.

Coach Ben Anderson has put established players on notice they won't walk into first grade positions in Queensland's premier rugby league competition this year.

With the Seagulls' entry to the Gold Coast's Bycroft Cup, the club has depth in the senior ranks not seen in many seasons.

Anderson has all the senior players training in one squad, and is keeping an open mind with a month until the Seagulls' March 19 Super Cup season opener.

The Seagulls won two games at Davies Park, 28-10 and 16-10, with the two squads a mixture of established and up-and-coming players. “It was a good first hit-out for us. It was good to get back on the field and tackling again,” Anderson said.

“We are working on a new structure, which takes time. It will take a couple of runs to get up to speed.

“I was pretty happy with the performance, and there were no injuries, which was a bonus.”

Both teams had star players missing and Anderson wasn't putting much emphasis on the result. But while declining to name names, he was impressed with some of the performances he saw.

“It has given me something to look at. The squads are trying to stick together, which is a bit different to last year, and there is not much between the teams right now.”

Anderson and Bycroft Cup coach Nathan Cross will be working closely this year, fostering competition between the two squads.

“Something I really want to promote is the competition for spots. It is something we lacked last year and in the previous years as well,” Anderson said.

“Without the depth, there were some guys who knew they were a walk-up start last year.

“But this season it will come down to performances each week, which is a really good place for the club to be.”

The Seagulls' next trial is against the Ipswich Jets at Ipswich and Anderson will put his first-choice team on the paddock for the clash.

He was expecting to hear from Gold Coast Titans coach John Cartwright yesterday about which Titans players would be available.

Anderson said it was too early to make a prediction on how the Seagulls would go this season.

But he added: “We've got the cattle to do something good this year.”

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