Tweed Seagulls ace Ryland Jacobs crossed for two tries during the Seagulls' 36-8 win over Norths Devils at Piggabeen Sports Complex this afternoon.
The Devils head into the first break of the Intrust Super Cup season with a 6-3 win-loss record after their unbeaten run came to a halt against the Seagulls.
The Seagulls were excellent in the wet conditions, scoring six tries to two, with fullback Lindon McGrady amassing 16 points; their defence frustrated the Devils close to the line.
The Devils had opened the scoring when centre Henry Penn cleaned up a Seagulls mistake for an 11th minute try. But the Devils’ fortunes were turning as cloudy as the Tweed skies as they trailed 18-4 at halftime.
The heavens opened at halftime and the driving rain lasted until the final minutes of the match, but the Seagulls played like the sun was shining with limited errors.
The Devils had some bright moments in search of their fifth consecutive win – young winger Herbie Farnworth was among them.
Farnworth moved into the centres when Penn suffered a shoulder injury in the second half and he proved difficult for the Tweed defence, fending off a tackle to cross for the Devils in the 65th minute.
That was seconds after Liam Horne became Devil No.1287, making his debut off the bench.
Horne – a member of the Devils’ premiership Colts team last season – had bright moments during his short stint.
Horne was only told of his inclusion minutes before the game after versatile forward Michael Sio withdrew because of neck stiffness.
Match: Seagulls v Devils
Round 9 -
Venue: Piggabeen Sports Complex, Tweed Heads
After the game, Devils coach Rohan Smith said credit must be given to the Seagulls because "they played really well today".
“This is a tough competition and we know that every win has to be earned," Smith said.
“We’ll look forward to the break next weekend before we return home to play Mackay."
The Devils will meet Mackay Cutters at Bishop Park on Saturday May 18, looking for their first win over the team since Smith took over for last season.
Match: Devils v Cutters
Round 10 -
Venue: Bishop Park, Brisbane
The Seagulls will face Easts Tigers in Round 10.
Match: Tigers v Seagulls
Round 10 -
Venue: Totally Workwear Stadium, Brisbane