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Round 13 Saturday wrap: Wynnum Manly hold on against fast-finishing Tigers

Wynnum Manly Seagulls held off a fast-finishing Brisbane Tigers to claim the win in Round 13.

Wynnum Manly scored three quick tries to start the game, which included a double to lock Josh Stuckey, and went into half-time up 18-6; Tigers centre Kane Bradley snagged a try in the first half. 

The Tigers came out firing in the second half and most of the momentum sat with them as they fought back, but Wynnum Manly held on to claim the two points.

Wynnum Manly captain Bryce Donovan said there were plenty of positives to be taken from the game, but plenty of "work-ons" too.

"Started off really well... did exactly what we wanted to do for about the first 30 and then fell away a bit in that first half and saved ourselves at the end of that and then the second half, we were probably our own worst enemy," Donovan said.

"At times, had it in control and then held on, which is pleasing."

Donovan said it was pleasing Stuckey was able to snag a double, given his confidence throughout the week was at an all-time high.

"Big Stucks, talked it up through the week that he could see himself getting a try if he could get the ball in his hands," Donovan said.

"And Matty Milson at the back... I don't know how many of those big kicks he diffused, with blokes hanging off him."

Donovan said near the end, as the Tigers pounced, his thoughts were his side just needed "to lean forward and go back to Seagulls footy".

"We know it works but obviously it's a lot easier said than done... but just hold on, show a bit of championship mentality and keep them away," Donovan said.

"What we've got to work on more is just staying in the grind... we had a couple of plays there, I think we were trying to make a bit of magic happen for no reason, myself included, but the pleasing thing is that if we get another game like this, we know we can hang on and get the job done.

"Positives and a lot of work-ons."

Brisbane Tigers captain Ryley Jacks said his side's first half let them down in the end.

"I felt like it was a game that we felt pretty good but just that first half hurt us... two sin bins and it comes back to bite... all of those penalties we gave away in the first half, that's our discipline. If we fix up that discipline in the first half, we probably win that," Jacks said.

Jacks said the second half was a positive reflection of what his side could do.

"Trying to score points... everyone's on the ball, pushing well... I loved that about us today, we really fought there and hung in there... especially all the defence we did in that first half... for us to stay on the ball and just eyes-up footy, try and score three tries to win it, and we almost did it, so we take a lot out of that," Jacks said.

"With our discipline, if we can start games better... it's been hurting us all this year... a lot of games we've been starting poorly, so that's what we'll be talking about, no doubt this week, is starting better so we don't need to scramble at the end to win the game. Just starting better.

Jacks noted centre Bradley was excellent, as well as those who joined the team from BRL.

"Kane Bradley, our tall centre... Kano always wants the ball when the game's on the line, and that's what I love about Kano. Today he really stepped up, along with all of our forwards," Jacks said.

Kane Bradley. Photo: Vanessa Hafner/QRL
Kane Bradley. Photo: Vanessa Hafner/QRL

"We had a lot of outs this week, our squad changed a lot, so I think three to four from BRL and they all stepped up... that was their first game of Cup in ages... I thought those boys did well there in the middle."

Elsewhere, second-placed Northern Pride and third-placed Burleigh Bears fought it out at Barlow Park in Cairns. 

The Bears went into half-time up 16-10, but Pride held the Bears scoreless in the second half and scored two tries to claim the two points.

Redcliffe Dolphins winger Brenton Baira scored a hat-trick in his side's big win over Mackay Cutters at Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville before North Queensland Cowboys and the New Zealand Warriors went head-to-head in the NRL.

Celebration. Photo: NRL Imagery
Celebration. Photo: NRL Imagery

Despite a strong start from Tweed Seagulls, Central Queensland Capras secured the two points after scoring three tries to the Seagulls' one in the second half.

Western Clydesdales and PNG Hunters will do battle in Toowoomba to round out the round on Sunday.



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