Tweed Heads Seagulls proved last weekend’s upset of Redcliffe was no fluke or a one off as they defeated the Central Capras in a high scoring affair in Rockhampton.
Unlike last weekend where they led from start to finish, this weekend they had to overcome an early onslaught from the Capras who raced out to a 16-0 by the 33rd minute.
Two tries in four minutes just before half time saw that 16-0 erode to 16-8 at the break, and they continued the scoring after the break with two converted tries and a penalty goal to take the lead of the game for the first time at the 52nd minute by which time the Seagulls had scored 22 unanswered points in under 20 minutes.
The home side responded ten minutes later with a second try to Guy Williams, but the Seagulls went on another scoring spree with two more converted tries and a penalty goal to open up a 14 point lead, which was only reduced to eight with a last minute Capras try.
Tweed Heads are looking up the ladder now with their third win of the season, as they are only one win shy of the teams directly above them now. Central will disappointed they couldn’t maintain the positive results after beat the Pride and drawing with Townsville in the last two rounds.
TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 36
Tries: David Sheridan (35m), Peter Lee (39m), Samuel Saville (44m), Lindon McGrady (51m), Peter Lee (70m), William Johnstone (74m)
Goals: Lindon McGrady 4/6 Conv, 2/2 Pens
CENTRAL CAPRAS 28
Tries: Oliver Percy (4m), Ken Tofilau (6m), Guy Williams (32m), Guy Williams (62m), Matthew Groat (79m)
Goals: Cody Grills 3 Conv, Tony Tumusa 1 Conv
By Dan White
Tweed Heads caused the biggest boilover in this year’s competition taking down the top of the table Dolphins in a cracker of a televised match last Sunday. The Capras went into half time with a 10-4 lead, and that was their final score. Two sides coming in off the win, Can the Seagulls repeat their televised glory or can the Capras push for the finals.
Last time out:
Tweed Heads was given no chance against the Redcliffe Dolphins, but on a weekend that was a club reunion, the lads lifted their game and showed what a side with passion can achieve. Keeping the Dolphins to just 4 points was outstanding, putting on 4 tries against the best defence was even better. Now they have the worst type of game after a solid win. One that they are now expected to win.
The Capras were exactly what they needed to be last weekend at home. They scored early, were challenged and they bounced back. Whilst there were a few raids to be repulsed in the second stanza, they stood tall and did not lose the second half. The Pride missed Gideon Gel-Mosby but they should have still been able to score more than the one try.
Who to look out for:
The sides as named has the Capras Reece Baker shifted from five eighth to fullback where his direct opponent would have been William Zillman, Zillman has been called up by the Titans and so now we will see some shuffling of the deck chairs as Tweed tune up his replacement. This is a significant change for the Tweed and may have impacts on the outcome. It is an interesting shift and may be to try and lock down the Seagulls for the first 30 minutes before rotating Maipele Morseau on and shifting Baker back into the middle. They will then try and use Morseau’s speed to exploit a tiring and less prepared replacement. Could be very interesting.
How they will win:
If they play to the same level as last weekend, Tweed will be hard to stop. It is a big if, they are still at the bottom of the ladder and are there for a reason. When a team plays out of their skin for a game, it is hard to judge if they are improving or did the stars align correctly for them. It was a Benji-less Dolphins due to the impacts of Origin and now with two sides back on even ground, the Seagulls may not find this game as easy.
The Capras will be happy with their defensive effort from last weekend, a repeat of that and a couple more tries should help provide them with the 2 points. Home for their second weekend in a row will also be handy.
I tend to look to form over any single result, and this weekend will be no different. The Capras have been working hard over recent weeks and that should be the difference at the end of this game.
Capras by 4.
6. Reece Baker 2. Ken Tofilau 3. Justin Tavae 4. Nathan Bassani 5. Chanel Seigafo 19. Cody Grills 7. Jack Madden 8. Matthew Groat 9. Krys Freeman 10. Oliver Percy 11. Marco Delapena 15. William Cullen 13. Gavin Hiscox (c) 1. Maipele Morseau 12. Guy Williams (c) 16. Jack Kavanagh 17. Liam Pickersgill
Coach: Kim Williams
Tweed Heads Seagulls
1. William Zillman 2. Brayden McGrady 3. James Wood 4. John Olive 5. Peter Lee 6. Lindon McGrady 7. Michael Burgess 8. Carne Doyle-Manga 9. Samuel Meskell (c) 10. Ben Nakubuwai 11. Lamar Manuel-Liolevave 19. Eddy Pettybourne 13. Nicholas Harrold 14. Damian Sironen 15. Samuel Saville 16. Max King 17. William Johnstone
Coach: Aaron Zimmerle
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