JAMES WOOD (TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS) Photo: SMP IMAGES / QRL MEDIA. 23rd August 2015 - Action from the round 24 Queensland Rugby League (QRL) Intrust Super Cup clash between the Tweed Heads Seagulls v Ipswich Jets played at the Piggabeen Stadium, West Tweed Heads NSW.
PHOTO: SMP IMAGES / QRL MEDIA

The inclusion of six Gold Coast Titan’s players wasn’t enough to help Tweed Heads overcome Ipswich at Piggabeen Sports yesterday with the Jets cruising to a 34-12 victory.

The Seagulls got off to the perfect start, scoring the first try of the game through Titan’s back-rower Jai Ingram. The home side played some good attacking football, threatening the finals-bound Jets every time they had the ball. However their momentum didn’t last long with Ipswich taking control of the game after the opening 15 minutes.

Ipswich didn’t wait to capitalise on their possession, with their signature side-to-side ball movement causing trouble for the Tweed defence, Richard Pandia crashing over to score the first try of the day for the away side. Titans playmaker Jamal Fogarty said the Jets unique style of play was difficult to combat, with the long periods in defence taking their toll.

“They tried to hold the ball for a period of time to try and tire us out and it pretty much worked for them yesterday,” Fogarty said.

“It’s hard to defend when they make you chase one bloke from one side of the field to the other, playing like that empties your tank pretty quickly.”

Once they scored their first, Ipswich made the most of their momentum, crossing the line three more times before half-time to go into the break with a 20-6 lead. Fogarty said the long time spent defending made it hard to make a difference in attack.

“You find you don’t have much petrol in the tank for attack because you’re defending for so long,” Fogarty said.

“Even when we got the ball we didn’t have it for long because we made too many errors and gave the ball straight back to them which just played into their hands.”

The second half carried on in the same manner as the first, with the Jets dominating possession and forcing the Seagulls to defend for long periods. The scoreline was a mirror image of the first 40 minutes, Ipswich running in three tries to one.

The Titans contingent of Leva Li, Jai Ingram and Matt Robinson all played their part, while Fogarty singled out under-20s players Anthony Colman and Shane Gillham for their impact off the bench.

“They fitted in and didn’t look out of place against the big boys at all, they only had limited minutes but made an impact when they did come on,” Fogarty said.

“The other boys went well and did their job like usual. Leva was really strong with his carries, Jingles (Ingram) went well and scored the first try of the day for us, Robbo (Robinson) was really strong defensively for us in the middle and does what he always does week in week out.”

With finals out of reach, Fogarty said the Seagulls will put a big focus on ball security when they travel up the highway to take on Norths at Bishop Park for their final game of the season.

“We’ve got to work on holding the ball and not making so many errors, the Jets got over the line too easy so we need to take more pride in our defence and try and finish the season on a high,” he said.

The Burleigh Bears will finish their season in Port Moresby when they take on the second placed PNG Hunters on Sunday afternoon.

 

IPSWICH JETS 34 (Marmin Barba 3, Richard Pandia 2, Brandon McGrady tries; Carlin Anderson 5 goals) def TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 12 (Shaun Carney, Jai Ingram tries; Jamal Fogarty 2 goals) at Piggabeen Sports.

 

Tweed Heads Seagulls: 1. Ali Grant 2. Nathanael Barnes 3. James Wood (c) 4. Shaun Carney 5. Leva Li 6. Jamal Fogarty 7. Sam Foster 8. Will Bugden 9. Sam Meskell 18. Matt Robinson 11. Jai Ingram 12. Blake Anderson 13. Sam Saville 14. Ricardo Parata 15. Shane Gillham 16. Dane Clarke 17. Anthony Colman 

 

INTRUST SUPER CUP

POINTS TABLE AFTER ROUND 24

 

Team

Played

Won

Draw

Lost

Bye

For

Agnst

Total

Townsville Blackhawks

22

18

1

3

2

824

341

41

PNG Hunters

22

17

2

3

2

674

463

40

Ipswich Jets

22

15

0

7

2

666

486

34

Wynnum Manly Seagulls

22

15

0

7

2

606

430

34

Easts Tigers

22

13

2

7

2

622

411

32

Northern Pride

22

13

0

9

2

477

429

30

Redcliffe Dolphins

22

10

1

11

2

649

528

25

Mackay Cutters

22

10

1

11

2

529

465

25

Burleigh Bears

22

10

0

12

2

377

630

24

Tweed Heads Seagulls

22

8

1

13

2

470

563

21

Sunshine Coast Falcons

22

7

1

14

2

436

565

19

Souths Logan Magpies

22

6

1

15

2

474

646

17

Norths Devils

22

5

2

15

2

398

687

16

CQ Capras

22

1

0

21

2

312

836

6