Seagulls' playmaker is back - and at his brilliant best
RUGBY LEAGUE: Jonathan Tavinor made an immediate impact in his return to the Yeppoon Seagulls, helping orchestrate their 78-10 demolition of Fitzroy/Gracemere at Browne Park on Sunday.
The classy playmaker was back in action for the competition leaders for the first time since suffering a Grade 2 hamstring tear in the Warba Wangaranya Rugby League Carnival in mid-April.
Coach Scott Minto said the whole dynamic of the team changed when Tavinor was on the field.
"He's an integral part of the side, and he brings a lot of leadership to a young side like ours,” Minto said.
"He's very important to our success this year. When he's on, everything gels a lot better.”
Sam Lollo was also back with the Seagulls after his CQ Capras duties. He and Billy Gilbert both ran in three tries in the one-sided contest.
Minto said centre Jeffrey Russell was best on ground, his aggression in defence and attack outstanding.
The Seagulls' attack is one of the best in the business and they have scored 156 points in their two last games, while conceding just 24 points.
Minto could not be happier with the way in which his side is building.
"Apart from that one pretty ordinary half against Tannum, we've performed quite well this year,” he said.
"The boys have been pretty strong and I think we just need to keep our nerve and play simple.
"When we do that we tend to give sides a lot of grief because we don't overplay our hand, we keep the ball and we're pretty fit and fast so it makes it hard for other sides to stay in the contest if we keep that up.”
Yeppoon's next opponents are Rockhampton Brothers, who bounced back from their upset loss to Valleys a fortnight ago with a 44-point win over Woorabinda at the weekend.
Minto said the Brothers clash would provide a good hit-out for the Seagulls.
"Brothers are usually solid every time they play and they'll be tough this weekend, for sure,” he said.
"They've got a lot of experience in their forwards, there's a lot of blokes who have played high-level footy, and their hooker Grant Rogers is outstanding.
"Their whole forward pack is pretty handy and obviously forwards set the platform for any side so they're always going to go forward and get the team moving and also be aggressive defensively.
"We've got to be on our game or they'll leave us behind.”
Emu Park 72 v Gladstone Brothers 10
Yeppoon 78 v Fitzroy/Gracemere 10
Biloela 42 v Tannum Sands 12
Rocky Brothers 56 v Woorabinda 12
Valleys 22 v Norths 35