Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

VALLEYS' NEW HEART; Blowouts Over: Coach

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

VALLEYS' NEW HEART; Blowouts Over: Coach

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VALLEYS produced their best win for the season on Saturday night, defeating Tannum Sands Seagulls 28-22.

Under the bright lights of Marley Brown Oval, Valleys looked the hungrier and more desperate outfit than Seagulls. It was a testy match in which three players were sinbinned and one Seagulls player sent off.

The scoreline was 16-10 at the break, with the Seagulls scoring and converting just before half-time, although Valleys had the better of play.

Losing Noah Marsh and Ricky Noy in the first 15 minutes didn't help the Seagulls chances in a match with players sinbinned and sent off.

Forwards Haydon Davis, Lucas Heta and Nasinu Fiefia were indomitable on the night and Valleys assistant coach Paul Marsh felt the trio paved the way for victory.

C[pounds sterling]They got us on the front foot all night,C[yen] Marsh said.

C[pounds sterling]Our defence was outstanding. We were able to hold them out on our line and I think it probably won us the game.C[yen]

But it was Trent Hjorth who did the damage on the scoreboard for Valleys, dominating the right side. He crossed for three tries in the first half and a scintillating 35-metre run at a time when the Seagulls looked like they were getting back in the game. Hjorth showed how elusive he could be, as Tannum couldn't bring him to ground. His efforts ensured he was awarded player of the match.

Valleys' Ha'ofanga C[pounds sterling]FungaC[yen] Rabakewa continued his excellent form and it was his try after powering his way to the line that got Valleys to the lead with 10 minutes to go. As soon as he gets the ball, the crowd senses something could happen.

George Tuakura, whose influence had been fairly well negated by Valleys, turned the ball over to Valleys through an indiscretion 10 metres out from the tryline and after that they only launched another real attack. …

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