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QCup Rd 6 Tweed Heads 24 Pride 22

A first half hat-trick from Tom Merritt and a Herculean effort in defence saw the Tweed Heads Seagulls claim a 24-22 win over the Northern Pride at Piggabeen Sports Complex.
QCup Rd 6 Tweed Heads 24 Pride 22
by NRL

A first half hat-trick from Tom Merritt and a Herculean effort in defence saw the Tweed Heads Seagulls claim a 24-22 win over the Northern Pride at Piggabeen Sports Complex.

The win moves the Seagulls into second place on the ladder while the Pride have now lost their past four games.

However, the final result was not assured until the final hooter, with the Pride putting in a more determined effort in the second half ? one which almost saw them snatch a stunning come-from-behind victory.

While the Seagulls were heavy favourites to take the match; things did not start well for the home side, with forward Selasi Berdie going down with a leg injury during the first tackle of the game.

With a key forward out of the game, Tweed were forced to dig even deeper to withstand an opening barrage from a Pride side who were desperate to atone for a recent run of poor form.

The tackling was good but their big hits stood out ? with Cory Blair providing particular attention to Pride fullback Chey Blair and Titan Ben Ridge also getting through a mountain of work in defence.

While their goal-line defence in this passage of the game went a long way towards the win; their ability to convert their limited chances into points was also a telling factor.

After enduring a dour opening in pouring rain; Merritt crossed for the first of his three tries in the 16th minute after being on the receiving end of some good lead-up play from veterans Brad Davis and James Wood.

Now on the board, Tweed kept up their momentum to work their way towards a seemingly unassailable 24-0 first half lead.

After copping an old-fashioned spray from coach Dave Maiden at halftime, the Pride again came out with an attacking intent.

Like the first half ? they had little trouble working the ball up to Tweed's defensive line ? they just had trouble crossing it.

The visitors were finally able to break the drought when Scott Gibson crossed on the left-hand side of the field; while the game came alive soon after when Davin Crampton brought down a Williams cross-field kick to score on the other side of the paddock.

Further tries to Ben Spina and Williams set up a grandstand finish, but time simply ran out for the Pride in the end.

TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 24 (Tom Merritt 3, Matt Carbutt tries; Brad Davis 4 goals) def NORTHERN PRIDE 22 (Davin Crampton, Scott Gibson, Ty Williams, Ben Spina tries; Chey Bird 3 goals) at Piggabeen Sports.


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