Tweed Seagulls cemented their push for a top four spot in the Intrust Super Cup competition with a gritty 24-16 victory over a gutsy Mackay Cutters outfit at BB Print Stadium.
Match: Cutters v Seagulls
Round 10 -
Venue: BB Print Stadium, Mackay
The hosts seemed the better of the two sides for the majority of the contest, even leading at half-time, but despite an improved showing in defensive resiliency and an urgency in attack, Tweed were able to prevail in what proved to be another frustrating outing for Mackay.
The Seagulls started the game with their backs against the wall, with the Cutters earning repeat sets to no avail.
Their resilience was rewarded a short time later when centre Treymain Spry found space on an overlap down the left flank and scooted 60 metres to score.
The Cutters answered back through Matiu Stone-Dunn, who latched onto an offload close to the line, and would not be stopped as the resulting shot at goal levelled the scores at 6-6.
The hosts extended their lead midway through the half off the back of a penalty, as skipper Ross Bella charged onto the ball off a crash play to give the home side a converted try advantage at half-time.
Unfortunately for Mackay, they shot themselves in the foot coming out of the main break, dropping the ball deep in their own territory and gifting Tweed field position.
Five-eighth Will Brimson needed no second invitation, slicing through the Cutters defence off the back of the resulting scrum and scoring under the posts; the game levelled at 12-12.
Tweed would regain ascendency of the contest when Brimsom bagged his second try on the night, taking advantage of a short-side overlap to scoot over on the left edge.
An undefended 40/20 attempt saw Mackay on the back foot once more, with Braden Robson storming over to give the visitors their biggest lead of the night.
Mackay would cut back into the deficit as Tweed’s ill-discipline continued to haunt them, with Jesse Dee powering over as the game entered the final 10 minutes.
But the result would end with a late penalty goal from Lindon McGrady, the fullback slotting the kick and giving the Seagulls a crucial eight-point buffer that they would defend until the fulltime siren.
Mackay prop Jack Brock lamented Mackay's lack of composure post-match.
“It was another frustrating one (tonight). They ran a few tries on us in that second half and that’s what cost us,” Brock said.
“We played well enough to win, but at times tonight we went away from what we've been training and trying to fix.
“We work hard at training, and we're good at times in matches, but not when we need to be (in key moments).
“We've been close all year, tight games with top teams, but we keep beating ourselves. (But) the good thing about footy is that there's always next week.”
Next week, the Cutters will travel to Davies Park to face Souths Logan Magpies.
Match: Magpies v Cutters
Round 11 -
Venue: Davies Park, Brisbane
Tweed Seagulls will face off against Redcliffe Dolphins at home at Piggabeen.
Match: Seagulls v Dolphins
Round 11 -
Venue: Piggabeen Sports Complex, Tweed Heads