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Round 6 Saturday wrap: Cutters continue fine form against Seagulls

Going into their Round 6 clash, Mackay Cutters and Wynnum Manly Seagulls were one and three on the Hostplus Cup table, so the game was always going to be a tight contest. 

Cutters winger Josh Smith was the first to strike, scoring the first of his two tries in the game in the seventh minute, and the Cutters went into half-time up 14-12.

The final siren saw the try count at five to four; Bryce Donovan converted all four Wynnum Manly tries and Riley Dean converted two for Cutters and kicked two penalty goals to help secure the two-point win.

Cutters coach Michael Comerford said it was good to come away with a win after a nerve-wracking end where all of the momentum sat with Wynnum Manly.

"A little bit frustrated that we weren't clinical enough to put it to bed earlier, but our defence at the end was something special," Comerford said.

"Efforts like that... down to 12 players, defending four sets in a row, you could see it meant something."

Comerford said second rowers Jamal Shibasaki and Hiale Roycroft were the standouts for him and North Queensland Cowboys affiliate Jaxon Purdue provided a welcomed injection of talent.

"Jamal Shibasaki was excellent on the left edge... Hiale Roycroft did a job on the right edge and Jaxon's long-range try was something special," Comerford said.

Comerford noted the Mackay crowd was instrumental in helping get his side over the line, and he was glad they would secure the win for everyone who had supported them through their tough times.

Josh Smith on the fly. Photo: Ben van Moolenbroek/QRL
Josh Smith on the fly. Photo: Ben van Moolenbroek/QRL

Comerford said moving forward, his side needed to seize all of their opportunities to finish games off better.

Seagulls coach Matt Head said the Cutters deserved the win, noting his side did not play the style of football they needed to in order to win games against quality opposition.

"All credit has to go to Mackay... they were outstanding," Head said.

"We did not play our best... there was not enough consistency from a lot of players out there... we need to be collectively better."

Head, despite being disappointed with the loss, added second rower Luke Gale and centre Connor Broadhurst were the standouts for him.

"Luke Gale was courageous in everything he did... he carried the ball well and tackled strong," Head said.

"Connor Broadhurst was our most dangerous outside back. Both of them can hold their heads high."

Elsewhere, Northern Pride's Dane Aukafolau, Will Partridge and Nat McGavin all scored doubles in their win over Norths Devils.

Despite the PNG Hunters being up 14-12 at half-time, five second half tries to Redcliffe Dolphins - including a double from Harrison Graham - helped secure the Dolphins a win in Port Moresby.

Tweed Seagulls weapon Kaleb Ngamanu scored a double in his side's win over Ipswich Jets at Cbus Super Stadium. 

Kaleb Ngamanu. Photo: NRL Imagery
Kaleb Ngamanu. Photo: NRL Imagery

Burleigh Bears duo Charlie Murray and Troy Leo both scored doubles in their win over Souths Logan Magpies.

The Sunshine Coast Falcons scored five tries to the Townsville Blackhawks' three to bag the two points in Round 6.

The final game of the round will see Brisbane Tigers and Central Queensland Capras face off at Totally Workwear Stadium.

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