ELIMINATING mental lapses from the ends of their halves has become a priority for the Skills Training Mackay Cutters, after the team relinquished a lead to go down 36-24 on Saturday.
The Tweed Heads Seagulls were out of the blocks fast but the Cutters soon hunted down the visitors' 12-0 advantage to lead 22-12 at half-time at Virgin Australia Stadium.
When the Cutters continued their dominance at the start of the second half, it seemed a win was virtually in the bag.
But when it came to the crunch, captain Grant Rovelli said the Cutters couldn't put the final nail in the coffin.
"I was pretty confident after holding them for four sets. We just couldn't take it to the next step," Rovelli said. "We put ourselves in a good position. We just weren't good enough to drive the nail in."
The Seagulls hit the lead with eight minutes to go and delivered a couple of final blows with further late tries.
Cutters coach Anthony Seibold said the result was disappointing.
"Conceding five tries in the last 22 minutes is unacceptable. We need to fix that up," he said.
"We didn't touch the ball in the last 12 minutes."
The news didn't get better on the injury front, with fullback David Milne taken from the field in the first half with concussion.
Lewis Balcomb also struggled after missing most of the week's preparation with illness.
Tweed Heads coach Ben Anderson was pleased to get the win, after admitting he was nervous about the trip to Mackay, where he's previously come away only with draws.
Tweed Heads Seagulls 36 (J Vickery, J Wood, M Hundy, T Merritt (2), A Cannings, M King tries; B Davis 4 goals) d Mackay Cutters 24 (B Faraimo, L Taylor, G Rovelli, T Martin tries; M Minto 4 goals)
Souths Logan 32 d Northern Pride 22
Wynnum Manly 24 d Norths 6
Ipswich 36 d Central 28
Sunshine Coast 36 d Redcliffe 20
Easts 24 d Burleigh 12