The Courier-Mail

Seagull Frei justifies Roosters’ faith as finals make-up firms


MITCHELL Frei showed why the Sydney Roosters have signed him for next year, scoring three tries in a dominant Wynnum Manly display.

The Seagulls scored eight tries in a 46-24 victory over the Burleigh Bears, with Brisbane Broncos recruit Greg Eden also bagging a double.

Frei is a rangy backrower who has been picked up by the Roosters on a one year deal after previous stints with Brisbane and Newcastle.

He has been among the best forwards in the Intrust Super Cup for the past 18 months and deserves another NRL opportunit­y.

If he and the Wynnum Manly pack continue their dominant form from yesterday they will be difficult to contain in the finals.

The contenders for the premiershi­p flexed their muscles on the weekend.

Papua New Guinea Hunt- ers captain and gifted fiveeighth Israel Eliab put on a clinic as the Hunters shot to an early lead and held on for a 32-14 victory at North Ipswich Reserve.

The Hunters are the form team of the competitio­n, beating the Jets, Easts Tigers and Townsville Blackhawks in recent weeks.

Their victory in Ipswich’s back yard was among their best this year as Ipswich, although hit by injury, have been in superb form as well.

The Blackhawks put another half century on their impressive scoreboard this season, beating Tweed Heads Seagulls 52-12 in Townsville.

Former Cowboys winger Kyle Feldt did his best to earn a recall to the NRL, bagging three tries.

The Northern Pride all but secured a finals berth with their 26-22 victory over the Mackay Cutters.

The Cutters were battling the Pride for sixth place and their loss will likely mean a promising season, where they have batted above their average, will end just outside the top six.

The top six appears certain to stay as is ahead of the finals next month.

The Blackhawks lead the competitio­n, followed by PNG, Wynnum Manly, Ipswich, Easts and the Northern Pride.

The Sunshine Coast Falcons also won yesterday, beating Central Capras 36-16. Redcliffe beat Souths Logan 46-6.

 ??  ?? HAT-TRICK: Mitchell Frei was dominant against Burleigh.
HAT-TRICK: Mitchell Frei was dominant against Burleigh.

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