Seahawks answer Tweed test

Tugun has snapped a two-game losing streak with a 32-26 win over the Tweed Seagulls at Piggabeen.

The defending champions showed glimpses of their best during a game filled with twists and turns.

“We’re not quite there yet but we’re on our way,” Tugun Seahawks coach Selwyn Apanui said.

“(Seagulls) are a strong side, a very disciplined side and it’s hard to get the best of them.

“They showed last week against Runaway Bay how good they can be. This win means we’re travelling in the right direction. “

The game was won in the 70th minute when the Seahawks scored a miraculous try from a set piece.

Trailing by two and working from the scrum base, the Seahawks spread the ball left to fullback Corey Morris.

Morris used his speed to get on the outside of his man, draw in another defender and slip a beautiful pass to his winger, Joel Sykes, who went on a swerving run to the try line to give the Seahawks the lead with his third try of the game.

It was the climax to an entertaining game of rugby league that saw the lead change on five occasions.

Tugun was boosted by the return of regular halves Keanu Te Kiri and Vitori Buatava. The last time the Seahawks had the services of both men was round 4.

Buatava’s kicking game in particular was an assest as he hoisted several towering spiral bombs which paid dividends.

“It meant our outside men didn’t have to come looking for it,” Apanui said.

“Keanu and Vitori could deliver to the outside men and it gives us a bit more confidence in defence.

“It also meant that Robert (Apanui – lock) and Daniel Webb (hooker) can move back into the middle which is important for us.”

Stand outs for the Seahawks included Bryce Thomas and Josh Fuimaono in the middle as well as Sykes, Morris and Cameron Moran in the backs.

Halfback Blake Ghosn was terrific for the Tweed while Paul Stephenson was great in the middle.

The game was soured somewhat by an injury to Corey Morris. Morris was stretched from the field after experiencing pins and needles in his neck.

Apanui praised Morris’ ability and toughness and said they believe he will be ok.

In other Coast-2-Coast Bycroft Cup games played this weekend Burleigh put Cudgen to the sword, 74-6, Bilambil picked up a crucial 42-24 win over Runaway Bay and Southport knocked over Currumbin 36-12.

TUGUN SEAHAWKS 32 (J. Sykes 3, C. Morris, B. Madden, C. Moran tries D. Webb 4 goals) def TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 26 (D. Kelly, K, McDonald, S. Gillett, P.Stevenson, K. Richardson tries B. Ghosn 3 goals) at Piggabeen

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