Win comes with wake-up call for high-flying Seagulls
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Yeppoon Seagulls got something of a wake-up call in the second half of their game against Tannum Sands at the weekend.
The Seagulls kept their unbeaten run in the Rockhampton Rugby League A-grade competition intact with a 42-30 win but they did it the hard way, a lacklustre second 40 allowing their rivals back into the contest.
Seagulls' coach Scott Minto said it was one of those games where he was happy to get the points and move on.
"We haven't been beaten all year which is good for the boys but that was a bit of a wake-up call that second half,” he said.
"I think we just got a bit lackadaisical when we were up 26-6 at half-time.
"That second half was probably the worst half of footy I've seen since I've been at the club for a year and a bit, certainly for our standards.
"The positive is that we still managed to get the win. Our boys will learn from that one and we'll start again and just keep working.”
Tannum was quick out of the blocks, scoring the first try of the match in the third minute, and despite a slow start Yeppoon soon clicked into gear, piling on five unanswered tries to lead 26-6 at the break.
When the Seagulls crossed for two more tries early in the second half the game looked all but over but Tannum rallied, posting four consecutive tries to close the gap to 36-30 with seven minutes to go.
The momentum was all with the home side before second rower Ninihi Ham quashed their hopes, crashing over for a try just three minutes later to seal the win for Yeppoon.
Several late withdrawals meant Minto had to call on a couple of under-20 players.
They acquitted themselves well in the higher grade, particularly teenage winger Nathan Mitchell who ran in several tries off the back of some deft work by Jace O'Neill.
Dylan Webber continued his good form and Ham was also among the team's best.
Minto said Saturday's second half aside, he was happy with his team's progress.
"These blokes turn up for each other so I've got not issues. It's just a matter of us starting well and we'll always be in the contest.”
After two consecutive road trips, Yeppoon this weekend play host to Woorabinda who scored a 40-point win over Gladstone Valleys at the weekend.
ROUND 8 RESULTS
Emu Park 52 v Fitzroy/Gracemere 34
Rocky Brothers 64 v Gladstone Brothers 10
Yeppoon 42 v Tannum 30
Biloela 12 v Norths 21
Woorabinda 62 v Valleys 22