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Diehards and Seagulls play out thrilling draw

The Diehards and Seagulls couldn't be separated, playing out a thrilling 22-22 draw in Round 5 of the In Safe Hands Cup, while Easts Tigers registered their first win and the Panthers held off the Dolphins to move to the top of the ladder.

The Diehards hosted the Seagulls at Emerson Park, and it was the visitors who scored first through Jacob Tonge.

A cross-field kick from fullback Matt Milson to the right corner found its mark as Jack Goodsell used volleyball skills to bat the ball back to support player Tonge who easily put the ball down to post the first points.

Twenty-two seconds after the restart, the Gulls were over again after an offload from the return to Jaz Nahu-Main sent the second rower down the left of Emerson Park before he found skipper Mitch Moore in support.

He travelled the final 45m to go over untouched under the black dot, giving the Seagulls a 12-0 lead early.

It took 15-minutes for the Diehards to register their first points and they came when hooker Alex Bishop darted from dummy-half out to the blindside and a pop pass for half Jack Miers allowed him to cross out wide.

The Seagulls bounced back as poor defence from the home side allowed five-eighth John Te Reo to hit then spin over the line for his first try of the year and extend their lead to 18-6.

With 16 minutes to go until halftime; and some quick hands to the corner from the Diehards backline sent he ever reliable chalk crosser Tom Collins to score and close the gap to just a converted try once again.

The Seagulls kept the points flowing as replacement hooker Kalolo Saitaua darted from dummy half to crash over for an unconverted try just minutes later.

The scoreboard was working overtime and it wasn't long before even more points were to be added as the Diehards decided to send it through the hands to the right side to Callum Klein

Klein cut back inside, stepping off his right and left to go over to complete a point a minute first half with Seagulls leading 22-18.

Defence from both sides turned up in the second half as several times the attack was held up over the line, such was the desperation. It took a grubber kick into the in goal for Klein to grab his double and for Valleys to draw level.

It was to remain the fulltime score, but not before a crazy final minute. An attempted Seagulls field goal was charged down, and from there the ball was soccered down to the other end.

Callum Klein was again the man who was there on the tryline, but he was unable to regather and steal the win.

Callum, who during a radio interview declared he was the better looking of the (otherwise identical) Klein twins, would have had no argument from brother Rowan had he scored his third and match winning try.

Elsewhere, the Panthers travelled to Deception Bay to take on Redcliffe. It was ugly, but the Panthers moved to outright leaders after an 18-10 win.

Finally, the Easts Tigers rallied in the second half against the Magpies at Brandon Park to record their first win of the year, 28-6.

In Safe Hands Cup BRL A grade Round 5 results

Panthers 18 (Namila Davui, Aaron Watson, Michael Molo tries; Kyle Van Klaveren 3 goals) defeated Dolphins 10 (Rinsma Saueha, Jordon Pinnock tries; Reece Braun goal)

Diehards 22 (Callum Klein 2, Jack Miers, Tom Collins tries; Jack Miers 3 goals) drew Seagulls 22 (John Te Reo, Mitchell Moore, Jacob Tonge, Kalolo Saitaua tries; Ben Jackson 3 goals)

Tigers 28 (Harry Pondekas 3, Evander Cummins, Jack Anderson tries; Harry Pondekas 4 goals) defeated Magpies 6 (Uiti Baker try; Brad Frith goals)

* John Devine is the BRL A Grade correspondent for the QRL 

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