TOUGH GAME: Tannum Seagulls centre Josh Stevens takes on the CQ Capras Under-20s in their trial match at Dennis Park.
TOUGH GAME: Tannum Seagulls centre Josh Stevens takes on the CQ Capras Under-20s in their trial match at Dennis Park. Paul Braven GLA250217RUGBY

Coach says club loss all about the 'missed opportunities'

RUGBY LEAGUE: A GALLANT Tannum Seagulls endured a tough opening trial loss to the CQ Capras Under-20s at Dennis park on Saturday night.

In a match of missed opportunities for the home side, the Seagulls lost 42-8 with the final scoreline failing to indicate Tannum's effort and performance.

The Capras Under-20s kept the Seagulls scoreless until midway through the second half when centre Josh Stevens found space down the touchline to race away for a 70-metre try.

Some neat lead-up work from captain/coach Kev Bartley saw Joe Gibson crash over for Tannum's second try inside the final 10 minutes.

The undermanned Seagulls were handicapped before kick-off with a player registration bungle.

However, club stalwart and Under-20s coach Wayne Warry said their main Achilles' heel came in the form poor control and missed opportunities.

"The score was a little bit of a blow-out -- we had our chances but but the ball just wasn't going to hand," he said.

"This wasn't the team we trained with because it turned out half a dozen of our players weren't registered."

The Seagulls handed a number of younger squad members a run at Dennis Park, with players as young as 17 playing alongside a mix of Under-20s and seasoned A-grade players.

"The diminutive Jackson Zeibell is a tiny hooker but tackles like a 20-stone bloke, while Jordan Kellett was also strong in defence," Warry added.

"We could have made the scoreboard look a bit better but overall it was a pretty good effort and a good hit-out for both sides."

Despite some standout performers, Warry issued a call to arms for anyone interested in donning the green and red this season, as the club looks towards a return to their glory years.

"From a club point of view we're probably 10 to 15 players short across the board of having good squads," he said.

"I'm optimistic but unless we get an input of players we might struggle to make the A-grade finals.

"We'd appreciate players coming to training on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 6.15pm."



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