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Gallery: FOGS Colts Finals update

By Nick Dickinson

Easts Tigers and Tweed Heads Seagulls will square off this Sunday with both teams vying to keep their season alive in the FOGS Colts Challenge.

In Week 1 of the finals, Easts led from the front and ended the Sunshine Coast’s season with a 25-10 victory; while Tweed Heads were downed 17-16 by Redcliffe, in spite a valiant second half comeback. 

Despite the one-point loss, Seagulls coach Steve Dowd took away plenty of positives.

“Having 16 players because of injuries always makes it tough and it’s never the best preparation,” he said. “But it was such a good effort to really stretch a team like Redcliffe, the commitment was very good.

“We let ourselves down with execution sometimes, but that gave us what we needed to work on this week.”

The last time the Tigers and Tweed Heads met at Suzuki Stadium, Langland Park; the Seagulls produced a huge second half effort to run away 40-18 victors. 

“We’ve talked about it, with the same level of commitment as last week and some improved decision making, we’re confident we can get a win,” Dowd said.

“Easts will be a different side from that game; it’ll take more than one good half against them this time around.”

Being a Titans feeder club, NYC commitments and injuries have affected the Seagulls all season, however Dowd insisted his side and the club couldn’t be in a better spot.

“That’s what we are, we’re a feeder club, you want the boys with us, but you’re so happy for them to be with the Titans.

“With everything going on, we’re the first club to lose players which is tough, but they all train together and know each other really well, so they slot in easily.

“Jack Peacock (prop) has had such a tremendous homecoming to Tweed, Jack Sparey has come back from the Titans to give us so much in the centres and our captain Luke Poulson (lock) is such a great leader from the front the gets his job done every week.”

Having loved his first year at the club, Dowd believes his team’s season can last as long as they want it to. 

“My first year coaching at Tweed as been great, everyone has bought in and it’s a great culture, special to be a part of,” he said.

“At the end of the day, we’ve got a few pages still to write and it’s up to them how they want to finish the book.”

According to assistant coach Gavin Payne, the Tigers will welcome their return to their home ground. 

“It’s always nice getting back to Langlands where we’ve had more success this year than previous years,” he said.

Payne said the the team’s strong finish to the season – including their win in the first week of the finals – was a result of finally getting their roster back to full strength. 

“To be honest, it’s a combo of things; we put some players up for a few games and had some injured players that are at 100% now.

“We’re back to more of the side that we had midway through the comp with more senior and experienced players.”

The Tigers see simplicity as key for Sunday’s clash and hope to get the basics of the game right. 

“It’s no secret, it’s a simple game and we strive on simplicity,” Payne said.

“Doing the basics well, playing the ball quickly and laying tackles will give us a lot of confidence.”

Awaiting the winner will be the loser of Saturday’s qualifying final between first-placed Norths Devils and Redcliffe.

Norths enjoyed a week off for finishing top of the table and will face the finals-hardened Dolphins.

The game will be at Bishop Park at 1pm with the winner securing a place in the grand final.

Follow the scores for this weekend’s matches at QRL Live (link below).