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Seagulls come out firing and claim win over Capras

Tweed Seagulls came out firing at Browne Park tonight, scoring three tries within the first 17 minutes of the game.

Central Queensland Capras, despite their best efforts, could not get on top. 

Seagulls coach Ben Woolf said the wet conditions led to "a pretty physical game" his team were lucky to get away with. 

"We blew out to an early lead then made a few errors that let us down a bit in the second half," Woolf said.

"They were really disciplined around controlling the ball and kicking in behind us in the second half... they got on top of us in the second half, but we had enough of a lead to hold on."

Seagulls coach Ben Woolf. Photo: QRL Media
Seagulls coach Ben Woolf. Photo: QRL Media

Woolf said lock Cheyne Whitelaw was awarded the Seagulls' Players' Player for his first game back after "a strong game".

Woolf was also impressed with John Palavi and Leilani Latu, who "really laid down the foundation early". 

"They were really strong and really got on top of the Capras forward pack in the first 20 minutes," Woolf said. 

Seagulls centre Kody Parsons was first to score six minutes in, and again 12 minutes in; Lindon McGrady converted both. 

Christian Hazard, who was impressive throughout the game, scored 17 minutes in, and again McGrady converted, to take Seagulls' lead to 18-0. 

Capras' Kainoa Gudgeon scored before half time and Bessie Aufaga-Toomaga converted, to take the score to 18-6.

Before the half time siren rang out, Seagulls' McGrady kicked a penalty goal to extend Seagulls' lead to 20-6. 

The Capras picked up their game in the second half, with Aaron Teroi scoring in the 58th minute; and Aufaga-Toomaga converting to close the gap to 20-12. 

Capras were not able to capitalise further on their possession and field position. 

Seagulls' McGrady kicked a penalty goal in the 77th minute to take the score to 22-12; and Talor Walters crossed as the final siren rang out seal the deal at 26-12. 

Talor Walters with the ball. Photo: QRL Media
Talor Walters with the ball. Photo: QRL Media

Seagulls face Wynnum Manly Seagulls in Round 5. 

Woolf said his team needed to be more disciplined moving forward. 

"We just need to be more disciplined around controlling the footy when we are in front," Woolf said.

"It's probably not something we'll focus on in training, but just something we'll talk about. 

"We got a bit complacent when we got the lead early quite easily and made a few errors as a result."

Capras will take on an undefeated Easts Tigers.