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QCup Rd 21: Devils stun Tweed with last-gasp field goal

Norths Devils captain Matty Smith landed a field goal after the siren to break the hearts of the Tweed Heads Seagulls in an epic 31-30 Intrust Super Cup clash at Piggabeen Sports Field.
QCup Rd 21: Devils stun Tweed with last-gasp field goal
by rleague.com

Chris Chard

Norths Devils captain Matty Smith landed a field goal after the siren to break the hearts of the Tweed Heads Seagulls in an epic 31-30 Intrust Super Cup clash at Piggabeen Sports Field.

Playing at their re-vamped home ground for the first time, the Seagulls made the worst possible start, with Norths flyer Daniel Ogden (XXXX man of the match) going over under the posts in just the second minute.

A long-range intercept try to Tweed halfback Marmin Barba got Tweed on the scoreboard, however it was soon forgotten as the Devils ran in three tries in 10 minutes to put themselves out to an imposing 20-4 lead.

With the match getting away from the home side, Tweed lock Chris Binge used his size to barge over for the Seagulls second try in the 35th minute.

Centre Blake Anderson then crossed in the shadows of halftime after some more great work by Binge to get the Seagulls within a converted try at the break.

The second half was a see-sawing affair, with both sides mixing punishing defence with some well-crafted tries.

When Tweed fullback Tom Merritt’s 77th minute try was converted out wide by Barba, the match looked destined to end in a draw; before a frantic few final minutes saw the Devils camped deep in Tweed’s territory.

With no time left on the clock, the ball was funnelled to Smith who then managed to slot the winning point, much to the jubilation of his team-mates.

Norths coach Andrew Wynyard spoke of his pleasure of leaving Piggabeen with the two competition points, but admitted to not having absolute faith in his captain’s final play.

“My confidence level in the kick going over was about 15 percent,” laughed a relieved Wynyard after the match.

“Full credit to the Tweed, they were down on troops today but played a great game of footy.”

In the losing sheds, Tweed Heads coach Aaron Zimmerle felt his side was valiant in defeat, but showed a lack of control in the game’s closing moments.

“If we’d played out the final set and kicked long, they wouldn’t have had a chance to kick their field goal; but that just comes with experience, something we’ve lost a lot of through injury,” Zimmerle said, referring to the players sitting on the sidelines including James Wood, Shaun Carney and the suspended Matt King.

“A draw today would have been a good reward for the guys, but we’re still confident that we can be a part of this year’s finals series.”

Norths Devils 31 (Daniel Ogden, Dylan Galloway, Namila Davui, Tristan Lumley, Matt Smith, Angus Cameron tries; Angus Cameron 3 goals; Matt Smith field goal) def Tweed Heads Seagulls 30 (Blake Anderson 2, Tom Merritt, Marmin Barba, Aaron Cannings, Chris Binge tries; Marmin Barba 3 goals) at Piggabeen Sports.


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