Seagulls pipped in tight trial

NEITHER Tweed Heads nor Burleigh pulled any punches as the Seagulls wrapped up their pre-season preparations with a hard-fought 10-8 loss at Pizzey Park on Saturday.

Matt King and Nat Barnes both crossed for the Seagulls during an entertaining first half with the Bears.

But the visitors failed to capitalise on several try-scoring opportunities in the second stanza to trail by two points as the final siren rang out.

Neither side was able to add to the scoreboard after the break but it was the boys in the butcher’s stripes who had the ascendancy, once held up and twice disallowed the match-winner.

“We looked the more likely,” coach Ben Anderson said.

“We certainly created more opportunities but lacked a bit of touch on their line.

“I’m not concerned about the scoreline, there was only a conversion in it, but the hit-out was exactly what we wanted – a good tight trial game.

“It would have been nice to finish off a couple of chances, but we defended well and I’m reasonably happy with our performance.”

While Tweed was unable to land the decisive blow on the scoreboard, they didn’t miss when it came to muscling up in what became a very physical encounter. With a long history of no love lost between the two most southern Queensland Cup contenders, it didn’t take long for things to boil over and once they did, it was on for young and old.

“A bit of malice stepped in and there were a couple of little blow-ups,” Anderson said.

“But it was a tough, physical game and both sides were pretty pumped up. It was like the old days with plenty of good shots which made for a crowd-pleasing game.”

While training will only intensify, the Seagulls will enjoy next weekend off ahead of their Queensland Cup season-opener with Souths Logan on March 20.

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