Early injuries hurt Gulls
TWEED Heads’ miserable start to the Queensland Cup competition continued on Saturday with veteran halfback Tim Maccan carted from the field during Seagulls’ 22-12 loss away to Norths Devils.
Maccan suffered a hip injury and was chaired from the field after just seven minutes, leaving halves partner Brad Davis, who injured his ankle making a tackle in the opening set, to carry the load.
“The boys had to do it tough,” said Maccan, who is expected back for next Sunday’s clash with Burleigh at Ned Byrne Field.
“Brad literally said to me that had I not had to go off, he would have.
“But that’s the kind of tough team man he is, he battled through it and never shirked his responsibilities.”
Davis, who is expected to be sidelined for up to three weeks, continued to call the shots against the Devils but Tweed struggled to maintain possession, completing just three of seven sets while the home side completed 10 of 12 sets and led 10-0 at the 15-minute mark.
When Seagulls did manage to hold the ball they looked dangerous in attack and opened their account after a show of strength from winger Cameron White.
With a second-man play fresh from the training paddock, Davis found fullback Shannon Walker who in turn released White, and with plenty of work to do, the speedster muscled his way over in the corner.
Reaping the benefits of a one-on-one kicking session with former Bulldogs whiz Daryl Halligan, Davis slotted the conversion from the sideline to reduce the deficit to just four.
The game see-sawed for the next 15 minutes as Tweed slowly worked their way back into the contest.
However, the early defensive load increasingly wore on the weary Seagulls and after surviving several sets close to the line, they could do nothing to prevent the home side from crossing out wide to lead 16-6 at the break.
The Seagulls flew out of the sheds in the second stanza and created several half chances in attack but failed to convert.
Tweed then suffered another major blow with inspirational prop Brock Hunter, who had battled a stomach bug in the lead-up to the game, forced from the field.
With the Seagulls light on troops, Norths delivered the game breaker 20 minutes from time when Walker bought a dummy and Selasi Berdie inside him uncharacteristically fell off a tackle.
Down but not out, the visitors dug deep and got one back 10 minutes from time when powerhouse centre James Wood crashed over.