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QCup Rd 20: Barba helps Seagulls into third spot

An 18-point haul from Titans back Marmin Barba helped the Tweed Heads Seagulls move into third spot on the ladder with a 34-24 victory over the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles.
QCup Rd 20: Barba helps Seagulls into third spot

Courtesy of The Sunshine Coast Daily - Mark Bode

The Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles may have unearthed a winning strategy and an exciting new prospect.

The long-suffering club, winless since round three, produced its best performance in "a long time" by attacking third-placed Tweed Heads Seagulls left side at Woodford yesterday.

Debutant left centre Tien Nguyen crossed twice in a man of the match display.

Sunshine Coast led 12-0 before losing 34-24 - their 15th consecutive loss.

Creative halfback Justin Otto was the architect of the Sea Eagles' left-side raids, working in tandem with Nguyen, second-rower Jacob Samoa and, for the first time, winger Dale Middleton.

Middleton also scored, with Nguyen's tries coming from Otto grubbers.

The No.7 is a fan of fellow Bundaberg product Nguyen, who joined the club mid-season and had been playing for Bribie Sea Eagles in the Caloundra RSL Cup.

"He was awesome. He found a lot of space out there," Otto said.

"He and Jac (Samoa) played really well.

"I've been watching him (Nguyen) in reserve grade and he's been making a lot of metres, making breaks, and I thought, 'Why not go to him here - give him a crack'.

"He fit straight into the reserve grade side and I could tell he wasn't going to be there for long."

Otto said Nyuyen's footwork for a big man was impressive and the attribute created a lot of opportunities for him.

He said he "had a ball" working with him and Samoa and Middleton.

"It was my first time playing with Dale on my side and we all felt really comfortable with each other," he said.

"That's obviously his (Nguyen) first game, and he's only run with us for a week, so he'll only get better, I think."

The last-placed Sea Eagles' next match is away to fourth-placed Easts on Sunday.

They then play fifth-placed Wynnum at home before finishing the season away to second-placed Mackay. Otto is confident the side can use yesterday's performance as a springboard to finishing the season strongly.


Courtesy of Gold Coast Titans, Adam Gardini and Kevin Braysher

An 18-point haul from iSelect Titans back Marmin Barba helped the Tweed Heads Seagulls move into third spot on the ladder with a 34-24 victory over the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles yesterday.

Barba scored two tries and kicked five goals as the ran out six-tries-to four winners over the bottom of the ladder Sea Eagles at Woodford Showgrounds.

The win moves the Seagulls into third spot on the ladder after 20 rounds.

Tweed Heads Seagulls 34 (Marmin Barba 2, Tom Merritt, Blake Anderson, Tom Dawney, Ayden Lee tries; Marmin Barba 5 goals) def Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles 24 (Tien Nguyen 2, Kevin McKenzie, Dale Middleton tries; Dale Middleton 2, Ryan Hansen 2 goals) at Woodford Showgrounds.


Saturday 10 August
Mackay Cutters v Souths Logan Magpies 6:00pm Virgin Australia Stadium

Sunday 11 August
Tweed Heads Seagulls v Norths Devils 2:00pm Piggabeen Sports * (Channel 9)
Easts Tigers v Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles 2:00pm Langlands Park
Wynnum Manly Seagulls v CQ Capras 2:00pm BMD Kougari Oval
Northern Pride BYE
Burleigh Bears BYE
Ipswich Jets BYE
Redcliffe Dolphins BYE


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