Josh Graham is all business during Tweed Seagulls’ training yesterday.
Josh Graham is all business during Tweed Seagulls’ training yesterday. Blainey Woodham

Seagulls to take on Pride

TWEED Heads Seagulls and Northern Pride have a common goal when they meet in round four of the rugby league Queensland Cup in Cairns tonight.

A win for either will give them their first win of the season with both teams having lost all three Cup encounters.

But despite the worst possible start to the season, Seagulls head coach Ben Anderson is confident of his team getting the monkey off their back with a win over the Pride tonight.

“We’ve got some fine-tuning to do but I’m confident in the boys,” Anderson said.

The team put in some last-minute training yesterday morning at Piggabeen.

“The boys are working hard,” Anderson said.

“We still have the utmost confidence in the players.”

Seagulls have experienced some close calls this season.

They lost the season opener 32-30 to Redcliffe, were defeated 22-12 against North Devils in Round 2 and just missed out 4-10 against Burleigh Bears last week.

“We’ve had some tight games so far this season, that’s for sure,” Anderson said.

Their opponents tonight are reeling from a huge 60-12 loss to the Souths Logan Magpies last week. Anderson said injured halfback Tim Maccan should be right to make his return to the field after suffering a hip injury in round two.

There was still doubt over fellow halfback Brad Davis, who suffered an ankle injury in the opening set of the same game. Anderson classed the pair as his “on-field generals”.

“Brad and Tim are long-time servants of the team; the heart and soul,” he said.

In the meantime, young guns Yula McGrady, 21 and Shaun Carney, 19, have stepped up to the plate.

“Yula has only played three games in the Queensland Cup and Shaun is a tough kid,” Anderson said.

“Yula’s kicking let him down a bit, but he still managed to set up a try last match.”

Anderson was desperately hoping to break their losing streak in the match against the equally disappointed Pride.

“We’ve had three tight losses and Northern Pride are coming off a pretty big loss. We’re in the same boat.

“We both need it, but I’m confident we will be able to get over,” Anderson said.

Kick-off for the Tweed Heads Seagulls v Northern Pride match in round four of the Queensland Cup is 8pm DST tonight at Barlow Park, Cairns.



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