High-flying Seagulls tame Devils
TWEED Heads Seagulls aren't trying to look forward or backward – they are trying to look upward after their success against Norths Devils on Saturday at Ned Byrne Field.
The Seagulls were keen to deliver and they had all the right answers when they defeated Devils 40-10 in round 13 of the Queensland Cup.
Coach Ben Anderson said the game was one of the tallest orders of the season and it was the first time in 2010 they had beaten a top side.
“It was a good day and we played well ...we were pretty dominant, slowing the big guys so the backs didn't get much ball,” he said.
“Our game plan was to win three matches on our run to the final and last week we didn't quite get the points from Redcliffe.
“But if we can win two from three games, I can live with that, we just have to beat Burleigh this week.”
However, the opening minutes of Saturday's match featured a horror moment for the Seagulls when one of the Devils speedsters zipped down field on a 90m dash after an intercept.
Hooker Tim Maccan said the opposition only scored two tries before halftime.
“One of their wingers scored two tries and we knew we had to be cautious of their outside backs,” he said.
“After that we got on with things and stuck to it, with our forwards getting over their forwards.”
The training session on Thursday with the New South Wales State of Origin side was a big shot in the arm for the Seagulls, believed Anderson.
“The boys got a good buzz from it and it was a real boost for us, particularly now that it is mid-season,” he said.
Maccan agreed with Anderson and said the Blues really lifted his team and offered some great advice for defence.
“It really helped us muscle up in defence and we were ready to rip it up,” he said.
In other results, Mackay Cutters downed Easts Tigers 50-20 and Redcliffe Dolphins pipped Ipswich Jets 18-12.