There is just one game to be played for Hastings Deering Colts this week, as the Souths Logan Magpies and Tweed Heads meet in their make up clash from the big wet in May.
The game will complete Round 7 of the competition, with both Tweed Seagulls and Souths Logan Magpies coming off tough losses last weekend.
Souths Logan lost 46-24 to the Ipswich Jets and Tweed lost 22-10 to Mackay Cutters and both will be keen to rectify the situation.
Tweed only scored two tries and it took until nearly half-time for the Seagulls to get moving against the Cutters, and coach Aaron Zimmerle is looking forward to the chance to bounce back.
“We had a lot of disruption last week, guys in rep camp and two up playing Cup ... we brought up two players from Mal Meninga Cup and they went really well,” Zimmerle said.
“It was 12-10 and then Mackay scored two fantastic tries that were just great football."
Khyan Weir made a mark on the game with 28 tackles and Jack Cullen made 143 run metres for Tweed, with a number of players impressing Zimmerle despite the loss.
“Jack Cullen was great, Jordan Lewis was strong for us and Ryan Foran plugged holes and filled in, so that’s our next man up mentality,” Zimmerle said.
Tweed are hopeful that Oskar Bryant, Tom Weaver, Kaleb Ngamanu and Jaylan De Groot come back from the New Souths Wales and Queensland Under 19 camps ready to apply what they have learned.
“I think that any time you get to go away and spend a week in camp with that calibre of players and in that environment, we think we will get a better player back,” Zimmerle said.
Souths Logan meanwhile faced an onslaught of tries from the Ipswich Jets.
It was a fast start from the Magpies when Bradley Zampech scored in the 9th minute but then the Magpies let the Jets score three times in the first 21 minutes.
The Magpies were able to come back again in the second half and scored three tries in 10 minutes but it was too late.
The Magpies just didn’t have enough ball, with 42 per cent of possession.
The Magpies not only gave the Jets too much ball but they let them do too much with it and missed 45 tackles and conceded 10 penalties that kept letting the Jets get away.
Magpies coach Lincoln McLeod was coaching from home due to Covid and wasn’t a happy viewer.
“We may have scored first but after that try I didn’t think we were winning or dominating the Jets,” McLeod said.
“The Jets are a team on the improve and their form line told us that they’re getting better and we needed to be ready for that and we weren’t at all.
“We didn’t stick to our principles or the things we know get results and we got what we deserved.
“I am so glad we get to play this week now. It would have been a hard fortnight waiting to play again.”
Benjamin Smith will look to replicate his form against the Jets after he made 36 tackles and 140 run metres.
Magpies fullback Timothy Sielaff-Burns made a line break and scored a try.
“Ben Smith has been great for us and on the weekend. He learned an important lesson for young footballers - that you have to worry about your performance and look after yourself," McLeod said.
“He was excellent for us in a losing team and that’s important.”