Seagulls flying high
TWEED Seagulls continued their fine pre-season form at the weekend, beating the Ipswich Jets in three out of four games.
The Tweed club travelled to Ipswich for its second round of trial games and the results gave coach Ben Anderson plenty to smile about.
His Intrust Super Cup team thrashed the Jets 36-10, with top-flight players still to come back to the side.
Some Gold Coast Titans players were missing, and talisman halfback Brad Davis played just half a game.
The Bycroft Cup team beat the Jets 24-6, while the under-20s won 26-6 and the under-19s had a 22-all draw.
“I am really happy with the young guys. They did really well,” Anderson said of the trials.
About the only downside was that Brock Hunter went down with quite a bad cork to his leg while playing in the reserve grade squad.
Anderson said the score didn't reflect how tough the Super Cup game was. The game was poised at 12-10 with 25 minutes to go, but the Seagulls piled on a few late tries.
The coach said his team controlled the ball well and showed good defence on its own try line.
The Seagulls had a problem with second-half defence last season, but it was the Jets that crumbled late in the game on Saturday.
It was obvious the Jets had been moving up extremely quickly in defence and would get tired as the game wore on.
“Ipswich were really working on their line speed, coming up extremely fast. We knew if we were patient we would come home on top of them,” Anderson said.
The Jets were also below full strength, however, with Ipswich coaches Ben and Shane Walker telling Anderson after the game they had some players to come back into the squad.
The Seagulls are preparing for another series of trial games on Saturday week, March 5, when the club takes on the Burleigh Bears at Burleigh.