THE return of Ghanaian enforcer and cult hero Selasi Berdie just wasn't enough to get Tweed Heads over the line in their clash with East's at Ned Byrne Field yesterday.
Despite the fan favourite muscling up in defence and crossing for a well-deserved four-pointer, the under-strength Seagulls outfit fell agonisingly short of their fourth win on the trot, eventually going down 18-14.
While both sides crossed on three occasions - winger Cameron White and fullback Matt Lindsay the other scorers for Seagulls - it was the boot of East's Nathan Pill that made the difference, kicking three from three conversions.
“We certainly did enough to win the game, but we were pretty ordinary in lots of places,” Seagulls coach Steve Lacey said.
“We didn't set our usual platform up front, and when the ball went to the backs we were forcing passes.
“If we could field the same team for two weeks in a row it would help.
“I don't want to use the excuse of Bradley (Davis - absent captain) like many others will, but there is an element of gelling that needs to happen if we're to be more cohesive.
“Matt was sensational at the back and really through himself into the game earning our player's player, while Cameron and Selasi picked up the remaining points for their efforts.”
The result means the Seagulls slip to fifth spot on the ladder ahead of Sunshine Coast on points difference, and one win behind the Burleigh Bears who leap-frogged into fourth on the back of a convincing 30-18 triumph over third placed Northern Pride.
In other results, North's Devils defeated Redcliffe Dolphins 30-16, Mackay Cutters crushed Wynnum Manly 22-14, Ipswich Jets beat Central Comets 28-16, and South's Logan Magpies smashed Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles 46-22.