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QCup Rd 3 Mackay 30 Norths 28

The Mackay Cutters had their more experienced players to thank after they claimed their first win of the season with a 30-28 victory over the Norths Devils on Saturday.
QCup Rd 3 Mackay 30 Norths 28
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The Mackay Cutters had their more experienced players to thank after they claimed their first win of the season with a 30-28 victory over the Norths Devils on Saturday.

Coming up against a fit and youthful Devils side, it was players like Grant Rovelli and David Milne who led the way.

"Norths are a good side, they are a quality side and they have a lot of good younger players in the team like Dale Copley and Brendon Gibb who played well," Cutters coach Anthony Seibold said of the game.

"The feedback from the players was that it was the fastest game they have played for a while.

"We started well ... and we gelled a lot better in attack and it was good to score some points.

"We had Matt Minto, Grant Rovelli and Michael Morgan all play so that helped our attack."

Skipper Rovelli more than managed to match it with his younger rivals when he scored a spectacular try in the win.

"David Milne made the break and got it inside for Grant to score the try.

He was great for us I thought," Seibold said of the try the local newspaper was touting as an early contender for try of the year.

After starting the season with two losses, Seibold said it was a relief to finally have a win under their belts; with the team still yet to face more challenging opposition in the weeks to come.

"We scooted out to a 30-18 lead but to their credit they scored two late tries to make it a close one," he said.

"We've had two close losses against Redcliffe and the Pride so it was good to get a win on the board ... and will give us a bit of confidence going into the next games."

The Cutters will prepare for another tough game this weekend when they host the Tweed Heads Seagulls at Virgin Australia Stadium.

MACKAY CUTTERS 30 (Michael Morgan 2, Michael Thomas, Grant Rovelli, Dane Hogan tries; Matt Minto 5 goals) def NORTHS DEVILS 28 (Dale Copley, Namila Davui, Daniel Ogden, Brendon Gibb, Jay Aston tries; Joel Bailey 4 goals) at Virgin Australia Stadium.




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