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RUGBY LEAGUE: At 18-4 down with 15 min­utes to play, no one at Pig­gabeen Sports Com­plex would’ve wa­gered that the Tweed Seag­ulls’ win­ning streak could con­tinue.

But in those 15 min­utes, the ’Gulls put on 16 points, in­clud­ing a scarcely be­liev­able aerial catch from Kiah Cooper at the death that lev­elled the match, be­fore Lin­don Mc­grady slot­ted a penalty kick from half-way af­ter the siren to seal one of the great­est come­backs in In­trust Su­per Cup his­tory.

Here is how the turn­around, the im­prob­a­ble win and that now fa­mous kick un­folded from the eyes of coach Ben Woolf and some of the key play­ers in the come­back.

Fa­tigue fac­tor

Ben Woolf: “We started to keep it sim­pler and be a bit more pa­tient. We started to fin­ish over the top of them and they were fa­tigu­ing.

“That was the mes­sage we were send­ing out. Just be pa­tient. We got those cou­ple of tries late and then Lindo, when we got the penalty we were con­fi­dent he could nail it. He’s a big kick and a pres­sure player and he nailed it.”

Never say die

Kon­rad Hur­rell: “It was crazy in the first half play­ing up against a type of footy like (Ip­swich). They didn’t seem to have any struc­ture and they play what’s in front of them. A lot of side­ways run­ning and off-load­ing. It was frus­trat­ing. At half time the coach told us to get back to our game plan, what we had been train­ing all week.

“(Lin­don) had missed a few kicks but as soon as (the penalty) hap­pened he was like, ‘give it here’. He had the con­fi­dence. As soon as he kicked it he knew it was good. It’s a good bunch of boys. And it’s good to play with boys who never give up.”

Cooper hero­ics

Kiah Cooper: “It was a tough game. Ip­swich play dif­fer­ent to every other team. They throw the ball out ev­ery­where. It’s very hard to de­fend. But they got tired in the sec­ond half which gave us good, easy ball.

“The first (try) I didn’t even know it was com­ing. I just thought (Kon­rad Hur­rell) was go­ing to scoot it from hooker, like he nor­mally does, then it came to me and I nearly dropped the ball.

“The last try I just knew that we needed a try. When we put the high kick up I sprinted and had eyes for the ball and noth­ing else, and I had to jump up and catch it.

“I had all the con­fi­dence in Lin­don. I knew he was go­ing to kick it. I thought maybe he wouldn’t have the legs so late in the game. It was a great kick.”

Four in a row

Lin­don Mc­grady: “We started to get a roll on then we got the last try off Kiah. Straight af­ter that with a minute left they tried a short kick and stuffed it.

“I knew I could make the dis­tance. There was no wind and I’ve prac­tised it from there at train­ing a few times. As soon as I hit it I knew it was go­ing over. It felt good off the boot. I was con­fi­dent... I’ve never been in that po­si­tion be­fore..”

The Seag­ulls take on North­ern Pride this Sun­day, 2pm at Pig­gabeen.


CLUTCH: Lin­don Mc­grady stepped up to send the Seag­ulls crowd into ec­stasy and keep his side’s win-streak alive as he kicked the win­ning points af­ter the horn on Satur­day.


ROUS­ING REN­DI­TION: Seag­ulls cap­tain Cheyne Whitelaw belts out the team song along­side Sam Meskell af­ter a win for the ages.

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