WYNNUM Manly locked away sixth spot but the Northern Pride still has work to do to seal second.
That was the wash up from yesterday’s two Intrust Super Cup matches.
At BMD Kougari Oval, the Wynnum Manly Seagulls had to fight hard against the plucky Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles.
The Seagulls ran out 28-16 winners after leading 16-6 at half-time.
The Paul Green-coached team has now officially secured sixth spot with one round to play.
The Pride sits in second spot after its hard-fought 32-22 victory over the Norths Devils at Bishop Park yesterday.
However, the defending premiers will relinquish second spot if they lose to Tweed Heads on Friday night and Souths Logan beat the Norths Devils at Davies Park on Sunday.
The Pride were ambushed by the energetic Devils in yesterday’s entertaining clash as the hosts skipped out to a 12-0 lead after just eight minutes.
The visitors worked their way back into the contest, but trailed the Devils 16-10 at half-time.
The Pride eventually wore down the Devils in the second half to clinch a 10-point victory, a welcome result after the previous week’s heavy loss to the Souths Logan Magpies.
Pride coach David Maiden will now turn his attention to Friday’s blockbuster against Tweed Heads at Barlow Park.
Tweed is yet to taste defeat this season, but the minor premiers will have ‘heavy legs’ after a draining 10-4 victory over the Redcliffe Dolphins in heavy conditions last weekend.
But no matter what happens in Cairns, the Tweed is locked in for a showdown (1 v 6) against Wynnum Manly in the opening week of the finals.
Wynnum Manly will enter that match as rank outsiders, but Green’s men will take confidence from a strong finish to the regular season.
Yesterday’s win over the Sunshine Coast was the Seagulls’ 10th victory from their past 15 matches.
Hooker John Te Reo scored two tries for the Seagulls, while Jason Moon, Shea Moylan and Vincent Silulu all crossed once in the victory.