Playmaker in late bid for a game
TWEED Heads Seagulls' playmaker Beau Henry is hopeful of taking his place at five-eighth when the Seagulls host Ipswich Jets at Piggabeen Sports Complex tomorrow (3pm).
Henry received a heavy knock to a wrist in last week's confidence-boosting 36-24 win over Mackay Cutters in Mackay and initial medical opinion was that the pivot would miss at least a week.
However the injury is not as severe as at first thought and he looks like running on against the Jets who opened their winning account for the season with last week's fourth round 38-28 win over Central Capras.
Tweed will start short-priced favourites to send the Jets crashing to another defeat, going on their fast-finishing win over the Cutters who had jumped out to what should have been a match-winning 22-12 half-time lead.
Mackay couldn't maintain the momentum in the second half, with their only points coming via a penalty goal as the Seagulls established their authority all over the paddock.
Tweed coach Ben Anderson said it was easily the Seagulls' best performance in the opening four rounds.
"In the second half we came home strong," Anderson said. "They (Mackay) probably ran out of legs running into the wind."
Anderson was delighted with his big men, particularly the likes of Aaron Cannings, Tom Kingston and Jake Leary.
The Jets overcame the early send-off of star back-rower Lorenzo Ma'afu to record their first win of the Intrust Super Cup season. The former Bulldog and Queensland Residents forward was given his marching orders in the fifth minute.
Tweed Heads Seagulls: 1 Phil Graham 2 Joe Vickery 3 James Wood 4 Matt Hundy 5 Tom Merritt 6 Beau Henry 7 Brad Davis (c) 8 Aaron Cannings 9 Matt King 10 Michael Henderson 11 Rod Griffin 12 Cody Nelson 13 Tom Kingston. Bench: 14 Ryan Milligan 15 Cory Blair 16 Jake Leary 18 Selasi Berdie.