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Wynnum Manly too strong for Ipswich

It was a cold and rainy night at BMD Kougari Oval and an old rivalry awaited as the Wynnum Manly Seagulls played host to the Ipswich Jets.

The Seagulls were looking to continue their unbeaten run at home, although the task was made a little harder with Edene Gebbie ruled out pre-game with injury.

It forced Seagulls coach Adam Brideson to shift Patrick Templeman to fullback and Jayden Berrell into the starting side in the halves.

After some early sustained pressure, it was the home side who crossed first when Seagulls captain Mitchell Cronin layed on a short ball for Alex Barr to crash over.

The usual Jets short kick off didn’t go to plan and again the Seagulls had good field position and Templeman opted to run the ball on the last before putting on a late pin-point kick for Ed Burns to score in the corner.

The Seagulls led 10-0 after 11 minutes.

The Gulls had all the running and the tries weren’t stopping, with Delouise Hoeter crossing for his eighth try of the year. Templeman made no mistake with the conversion and the Seagulls led 16-0

The first real attacking opportunity for the Jets came after Josh Cleeland dragged Templeman over the sideline with 5 minutes to go in the first half after the Seagulls conceded a penalty.

Jayden Connors looked to take advantage with a quick tap, but the wet turf ensured Connors couldn’t go any further after he fumbled the ball with the try line in site.

The Jets did go into the break with some points as they received a penalty just before halftime and they opted to take the two, with Cleeland converting for the Seagulls to hold a 16-2 lead.

Berrell was first to pounce on another sublime Templeman kick, outrunning his halves partner Sam Scarlett to score under the posts and give the Seagulls the perfect start to the second half.

The match went into a real arm wrestle as players fatigued; but the Seagulls led 22-2 with 20 mins to go.

Up stepped Templeman.

Again he came up with a clutch last tackle option as he was highly pressured by former Seagull Peter Gubb and still managed to kick a 40/20.

Off the back of his kick, Templeman bagged a well-deserved four-pointer, stepping off his right beating two Jets defenders to score. He was unable to convert his own try and the score went out to 26-2 lead.

With 10 to go in the contest, Tristian Hope – who was playing his first game of Intrust Super Cup this year – managed to crash over and send the Chook Pen into a massive Seagulls chant, as they knew their side would carry on with their winning ways.

The Jets managed to finally grab a try inside the last five minutes, thanks to a nice backline movement which saw Gubb score in a corner he is very familiar with.

Seagulls led 32-8 and that would be the way it ended. The fiery clash ended with tempers boiling over which saw four players sin-binned including former Gull Gubb.

The Seagulls have now won seven straight games for the first time since 2012.

This sets up a blockbuster clash next week in a top-of-the-table clash against the Sunshine Coast Falcons next Sunday.

The Jets head to Townsville to take on the Blackhawks next Saturday night.