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The Tweed Heads Seagulls opened their FOGS Colts Challenge season with a commanding 28-0 victory over Wynnum Manly at BMD Kougari Oval last Sunday.
The stunning defensive effort in humid conditions pleased new coach Clint Barends.
“It was a massive effort, especially this early in the season,” the former Tugun assistant coach and South Tweed captain/coach said.
“We did a lot of work defensively in the off-season.”
Barends said new defensive coach Wise Kativerata, a former Fijian star who played with three National Rugby League clubs, deserved a lot of the credit for the early success.
However, Barends said the win over Wynnum was much tougher than the final scoreline indicated.
“We’ll aim to improve from last weekend,” he said when asked about his team’s goals against Ipswich in round two this Saturday.
“While we won by a large margin last week, we probably didn’t play near our best.
“We’ve got a good core group at the moment. We get a lot of Titans kids back … we had five on the weekend … but it’s a week to week thing where you just don’t know.”
Among the players to impress in round one for the Tweed were props Jonty Van De Scheur and Nathan Portelli, along with classy lock Cameron Kelleher.
The Seagulls will this weekend meet an Ipswich Jets team coming off an opening round loss to the Norths Devils.
In a tight contest, the Devils scored in the closing minutes to wrap up a 26-14 win over the Jets.
Ipswich skipper Peter Whittaker was a stand out in a beaten team, crossing for two of the Jets’ three tries at the North Ipswich Reserve.
The Devils’ tries were scored by Justin Sleep, Dan Russell, Michael Egan and Tom Sparks, with Harry Pondekas kicking five goals.
In other Colts Challenge results from last weekend, Toowoomba Clydesdales beat the Sunshine Coast Falcons 36-16 and the Redcliffe Dolphins accounted for the Burleigh Bears 38-16.
Speedster Josh Beehag scored a hat-trick in Redcliffe’s win over the Bears at Dolphin Oval.
Redcliffe and Toowoomba will have byes this weekend. Round two kicks off with the Ipswich versus Tweed match on Saturday, with the clash between the Sunshine Coast and Souths Logan to follow later that afternoon.
On Sunday, Wynnum Manly and Easts Tigers go head to head at BMD Kougari Oval; and the Norths Devils meet Burleigh Bears at Bishop Park.
The FOGS Cup kicks off next weekend with the Easts Tigers to launch their premiership defence against competition newcomers Carina.
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Norths Devils 14
Easts Tigers 10
Wynnum Manly Seagulls 10
Redcliffe Dolphins 4
Ipswich Jets 0
Souths Logan 0