Wynnum Seagulls took out the local rivalry with the Easts Tigers on Sunday afternoon and dealt their rivals a blow in their chase for a top two spot.
The game was in the balance until a two try burst in three minutes from the 74th minute sealed the game for the home side.
The Seagulls went into the half time break 14-0 up on the back of a try to the returning PNG International speedstar David Mead, and one to Mitch Frei either side of a Shaun Nona penalty goal.
Easts scored just after half time to reduce the gap to 14-6, a score line that remained until the late burst of Wynnum tries.
Easts came into the game on a run of five straight wins which had seen them rise to equal second with the Falcons, they drop to fourth behind Redcliffe. Wynnum are 9th and are still a mathematical chance of a finals spot, and their positive for and against gives them an advantage over the chasing pack.
WYNNUM SEAGULLS 22
Tries: David Mead (24m), Mitch Frei (36m), Jeriah Goodrich (74m), Stedman Lefau (77m)
Goals: Shaun Nona 2/4 Conv, 1 Pen
EASTS TIGERS 6
Tries: Steven Thorpe (43m)
Goals: Brayden Torpy 1/1 Conv
A great way to end the Intrust Super Cup Round 21 is with a local rivalry between the Wynnum Seagulls and Easts Tigers. It is always a hard fought and competitive clash, and although Wynnum’s final chances are gone, that will surely not dampen the spirit of Sunday’s clash.
Whilst Wynnum won’t play finals football, the Easts most certainly will, and they have taken advantage of losses of the other top 6 teams to get themselves to equal second with the Sunshine Coast. And with the competition leading PNG Hunters having an extra bye and facing a tough game at Redcliffe this weekend, a crack at the minor premiership could be a realistic possibility.
Easts were very impressive in last weekend’s TV Country Week clash in Mundubbera, and are on a run of 5 straight wins, a good time of the year to be on such a run.
Wynnum have named an impressive halves combination in ex NRL and Super League player Travis Burns, and Shaun Nona who is playing his second game since being recruited from Illawarra in the Intrust Super Premiership in NSW.
Previous 2017 Result – Easts Tigers 19 Wynnum Seagulls 11
Wynnum Manly Seagulls
1. Daniel Ogden 2. Peter Gubb 3. Jeriah Goodrich 4. William Brimson 5. Jack Goodsell 6. Shaun Nona 19. Travis Burns 8. Aaron Rockley 9. Mitch Cronin 10. Stedman Lefau 11. Salesi Funaki 18. Alex Barr 13. Mitch Frei (c) 14. Jayden Berrell 15. Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard 16. Billy Solah 17. Tanu Wulf
Coach: Adam Brideson
1. Maeli Seve 2. Brandon Downey 3. Leon Ellia-Niukore 4. Conor Carey 5. Jarrod McInally 6. Billy Walters 7. Brayden Torpy 8. Steven Thorpe 9. Jack Svendsen 10. Robert Rochow 11. Jake Foster (c) 12. Row Adam Crear 13. Matt Zgrajewski 14. Tekina Vailea 15. Mat Pitman 16. Liufau Hala 17. James Salter 18. Luke Lavelle
Coach: Scott Sipple
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