Tweed Heads Seagulls player Michael Burgess on the run in round 11 against Wynnum Manly.
Tweed Heads Seagulls player Michael Burgess on the run in round 11 against Wynnum Manly. Wendy van den Akker - SMP Images

Seagulls looking north against Easts

THE Tweed Heads Seagulls will look to continue their run up the Intrust Super Cup ladder, when they travel to Suzuki Stadium this evening to face Easts Tigers.

The Seagulls turned their fortunes around last Sunday with a 22-12 win over Ipswich, after a 46-18 belting at the hands of Norths the week prior, and could move to as high as seventh on the ladder with a win against Easts.

The side is full of confidence after what Seagulls CEO Shaun McRae said was a strong effort against Ipswich, after the Seagulls’ preparations were thrown into chaos after heavy rains forced the closure of their Piggabeen ground, leaving the side unsure of whether they’d be playing as late as Sunday morning.

“The decision to close Piggabeen was made by the council at 4pm on Saturday afternoon and the proposal to go to Ipswich to play was formulated around the same time, but we didn’t find out until about 9am on Sunday that it would be going ahead,” McRae said.

“That affects players’ preparation and it was a bit of a guessing game, but once the decision was made, away we went.

“We treated it like any away game and it was a terrific win against an Ipswich side coming off winning everything last year.”

The Seagulls are on a six day turnaround and are expecting a physical match against an Easts side they beat in round one at home.

McRae said he expected the round one memory to be fresh in the minds of Easts’ players, who will be out to “right the wrong” against the Seagulls’ side looking to start their charge towards a finals’ berth.

“Teams remember when you’ve beaten them and they’re in good form and are a very physical side,” McRae said.”

“These guys will be in a battle today and they’re well above us on the ladder, so it’s a chance to peg them back and move up the ladder.

“We’ll go in with a lot of confidence and hopefully we can pick up from where we left off last week.”

The game starts at 5pm and will be the Seagulls’ last road trip before a three week block of home games.



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