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Seagulls extend Coast's pain

DEJECTED Sunshine Coast coach Adam Mogg was left lamenting a missed opportunity after his side was beaten 32-14 by Wynnum Manly yesterday.
Seagulls extend Coast's pain
by NRL

DEJECTED Sunshine Coast coach Adam Mogg was left lamenting a missed opportunity after his side was beaten 32-14 by Wynnum Manly yesterday.

The Sea Eagles were presented with a chance to bag its first win of the season but failed to capitalise on a host of try-scoring attempts, particularly in the first half and went to the sheds trailing 14-0.

"I think this week was disappointing because we bombed five tries and didn't win the game," he said.

"We should have been in front at half-time. We had some real basic opportunities to finish off tries.

"Then in the second half we gave away a couple of stupid penalties that put us under too much pressure."

The hosts looked promising in the first 15 minutes of the contest but then Wynnum Manly's fleet-footed back Jake Granville cut them to shreds from within his own half to open the scoring.

Sunshine Coast centre Rowan Klein was ruled to be held up over the try line and Maa Ruua, who was a constant menace, came close to scoring but was penalised for a double movement.

A Ruua pass also failed to find its mark near the try-line and at least two line breaks, including one damaging run by Steve Spencer, failed to reap rewards.

When Spencer fumbled the ball on his own 30m line, the visitors pounced though Jason Moon and then Ben Shea extended the advantage to 14-0 at the break.

The Seagulls stretched their lead to 18-0 when Reece Blayney's high ball was welcomed by try-scorer Sam Te'o.

But the Sea Eagles battled back when Ruua showed pace to run around the Wynnum-Manly defence from his own 40m line, passing to Hughie Stanley to score.

While the Sunshine Coast was without captain Wiremu Ratana (shoulder) and fellow prop Martin Cordwell (ankle), Wynnum Manly was bolstered by the inclusion of Brisbane Broncos forward Dane Carlaw, who charged his way to the try line to make it 24-6.

But Ruua then showed strength to score, reducing the margin to 24-14 with 15 minutes to go.

Mogg was positive his team could stage a winning fightback.

"I was confident we were going to get home", he said. "But again a couple of penalties put us under pressure and we made a couple of pretty ordinary attempted tackles and they scored two tries."

The Sea Eagles will be presented with a chance to snap their 10-game losing sequence when they confront Easts in a battle of the cellar dwellers at the newly-constructed Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday.

And in a promising sign, some of the Coast's most likely players are hitting form.

"It was obviously Maa Ruua's best game for the club," Mogg said. "Nick Swan is back to where he was a few weeks ago and Jon Muir worked tirelessly."

Acting captain Muir was confident his charges were closing in on a breakthrough victory.

"We've just got to keep plugging away, cut down our mistakes and penalties and get our completion rates up." he said.

Courtesy of the Sunshine Coast Daily

WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS 32 (Shaun Cotter 2, Sam Te'o, Jason Moon, Dane Carlaw, Ben Shea, Jake Granville tries; Chris Birch, Reece Blayney goals) def SUNSHINE COAST SEA EAGLES 14 (Maa Ruua 2, Hughie Stanley tries; Nick Swan goal) at Stockland Park.

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