QCup Rd 21 Tweed Heads 44 Sunshine Coast 12
Tweed Heads remain in contention for a top three finish after a comfortable 44-12 victory over the Sunshine Coast.by NRL
Tweed Heads remain in contention for a top three finish after a comfortable 44-12 victory over the Sunshine Coast.
Phil Graham and Ryan James scored doubles for the Seagulls, who led 18-0 at half-time.
Tweed skipper Brad Davis had a huge hand in both of Graham's tries, with the Gold Coast Titans contracted speedster's first coming after the veteran Seagulls playmaker put a grubber in behind the line for Tom Merritt.
Merritt won the race for the ball and threw it back on the inside for Graham who did the rest.
There was a touch of class about Graham's second try as well when Davis made a clean break and then linked with the former Raider.
Big Sunshine Coast centre Mitchell Buckett did his best to lift the Sea Eagles with a bustling second-half line break.
A quick shift to the left and a great pass from Justin Otto led to a Jye Ballinger try.
But that was the last moment of joy for the Sea Eagles, who will need to beat the Burleigh Bears next weekend to be a chance of avoiding the wooden spoon.
Tweed Heads will play Souths Logan in their last regular season fixture.
A Tweed win would give Ben Anderson's team a chance of snatching the all-important third spot.
But for that to happen, Ipswich would have to lose to the Norths Devils, who are locked in a fierce tussle with Easts Tigers and Northern Pride for the fifth and final spot in the semi-finals.
TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 44 (Phil Graham 2, Ryan James 2, Brad Lees, Rod Griffin, Tom Kingston, Michael Parker-Walshe tries; Brad Davis 6 goals) def SUNSHINE COAST SEA EAGLES 12 (Andrew Zaro, Jye Ballinger tries; Justin Otto 2 goals) at Piggabeen Sports.
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