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Seagulls lift to hold out Cutters

The Mackay Cutters were left to rue an off day with the boot after they outscored the Tweed Heads Seagulls five tries to four – but still lost 24-22.

For the Seagulls however, it put a stop to their recent run off losses and keeps them in the hunt for a top six spot.

It was yet another close game between the two sides who are the only two clubs to have recorded four draws in their past games.

The home side got off to a dream start when Talor Walters – playing centre this week – was able to cross in the opening minute of the game after a high kick by Lindon McGrady into the right hand corner was chased down after the Cutters fumbled the ball.

However, the Cutters hit straight back thanks to Nicho Hynes who produced a show-and-go and ran off to score.

They went back to back when Nathan Saumalu went over to the left of the uprights after they put some sustained pressure on the Gulls.

In a seesawing half, it was the Gulls next on the board in the form of Ryland Jacobs on the wing.

The end of the half saw both teams cross for a try each in the finals six minutes – firstly with Mackay went over after with a diving try to Blake Atherton in the right hand corner.

Talor Walters sprints away. All Photos: Tweed Heads Seagulls Media
Talor Walters sprints away. All Photos: Tweed Heads Seagulls Media

The home side had the final say of the half when Walters went over for his second when he grabbed an intercept 50m out and sprinted away to touch the ball down for his side and put them up 18-14 at the break with McGrady kicking two conversions and Kane Elgey one (with McGrady leaving the field in the 33rd minute) to boost their score.

The Seagulls were the first to strike in the second half with consistent performer Lamar Liolevave scoring after chasing through on a Elgey grubber.

Elgey kicked his second conversion and that proved to be just enough for the Seagulls who held on despite late Cutters tries to Brenden Treston and Yamba Bowie. The Cutters were only able to land one from five conversions. with Hynes successful with his first attempt. 

Next week; both teams face tough challenges with the Seagulls to take on a red-hot Easts Tigers outfit at Suzuki Stadium, Langlands Park while the Cutters travel to Dolphin Stadium to face Redcliffe.

See the full scoring details and final team line-ups for this game via QRL Live

TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 24 (Talor Walters 2, Ryland Jacobs, Lamar Manuel-Liolevave tries; Lindon McGrady 2, Kane Elgey 2 goals) def MACKAY CUTTERS 22 (Nicho Hynes, Nathan Saumalu, Blake Atherton, Brenden Treston, Yamba Bowie tries; Nicho Hynes goal) at Piggabeen Sports Complex.