Intrust Super Cup: Seagulls on a mission
TWEED Heads Seagulls will put it all on the line this week against Wynnum Manly in a bid to make a late surge towards the finals.
Coming off a 28-16 loss to the Sunshine Coast in Country week, the club now finds itself 11th on the ladder and three games and percentage outside the top six, with only five games remaining.
Seagulls chief executive officer Shaun McRae conceded the club had to build wins and rely on other results to fall their way for an unlikely finals appearance.
"I think any game is winnable and if we have any chance whatsoever of making the finals, we have to win this week and win all of our remaining games,” McRae said.
"When you start talking about other results going your way, it's unlikely but you just have to win every match.”
The Sunshine Coast side the Seagulls faced at Albert Park in Gympie last Sunday included up to eight Melbourne Storm players, which proved the difference.
The Falcons' experience and power was telling, but McRae said the side would take confidence from their efforts as they plan their assault on their Wynnum Manly namesake, who were defeated 28-10 by Mackay last Saturday.
The loss was just one in a tough season for the Seagulls, who've had to deal with multiple injuries and loss of players while being plagued by inconsistency.
Perhaps the biggest loss was the parting of ways with former Gold Coast Titan and national Rugby 7's player Shannon Walker, who the Seagulls granted a release to earlier this month.
McRae said while it was a shame to lose Walker, the Seagulls had "moved on”, and were focussed on the remainder of the season.
"Players come and go and you adapt pretty quickly. The players wished him well and moved on,” he said.
"It happens and you get on with it - that's just a reality.”
McRae said the Seagulls were instead focussed on the challenge from Wynnum Manly, whose season was also nearing the point of finals elimination.
"Wynnum aren't quite in that position yet, but aren't that far off, so they would have set themselves for a big game too,” he said.
"We're two pretty desperate sides, but it's always a pretty tough battle between the two Seagulls' teams.”
The match kicks off today at 3pm at Kougari Oval.