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REAL NRL: Seagulls soar to stun Hawks

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A double to bullocking forward Dane Brouwer enabled the Lakes United Seagulls to secure their first victory of the Tooheys Newcastle Rugby League (Real NRL) season at the weekend.

The hosts trailed 10-6 at the break but powered home in the second half to upset Denton Engineering Cup newcomers Northern Hawks 24-10 at Cahill Oval on Saturday.

Lakes United got off to the perfect start when halfback Jack Kelly caught the defence napping in the opening minutes. He then added the extras for a 6-0 lead.

Photo: Michael Gorton Images

But, the momentum changed significantly afterwards.

In the 13th minute, Northern spun the ball wide and centre Kiah Copper slipped a terrific pass to unmarked winger Cody Hancock. Kendyll Fahey missed the shot, leaving the scoreline 6-4.

Almost immediately, Hancock did it all himself to cross again after a strong 60m sprint down the sideline. Fahey raised the flags and pushed the Hawks ahead 10-6.

Photo: Michael Gorton Images

The Seagulls had a couple of chances to hit back, however Mitch Williams and captain Nicholas Glohe both knocked on over the line, which would have frustrated coach Ian “Bubba” Bourke.

To Northern’s credit, they defended valiantly, too.

Once in the sheds, Lakes United settled down and returned to the field in a more committed frame of mind.

Photo: Michael Gorton Images

In the 46th minute, following a penalty tap, Brouwer charged into the fray to touch down in between the uprights. Kelly’s successful kick lifted the home side to 12-10.

They went close soon after but Jack Sullivan had the ball stripped in the process of scoring.

Then, it was that man Brouwer, again, who stormed onto a pass to crash his way over. Kelly made no mistake with the goal, pushing the Seagulls to an 18-10 advantage.

Lock Chris Adams put the icing on the cake with a smart four-pointer following some good lead-up work by five-eighth Ryan Potts. Kelly converted to fortify the 24-10 result.

Photo: Michael Gorton Images

In other round four fixtures, on Saturday, second-rower Jordan Noble bagged an incredible five tries in the Macquarie Scorpions’ 62-6 thrashing of the Kurri Kurri Bulldogs, the Cessnock Goannas held off a gallant Western Suburbs Rosellas 34-20 and the Wyong Roos continued their stunning run via a 36-18 triumph over the Central Newcastle Butcher Boys.

On Sunday, The Entrance Tigers accounted for the South Newcastle Lions 32-22.

The Maitland Pickers enjoyed the bye.

Tooheys Newcastle Rugby League

Denton Engineering Cup

Round four results:

  • Lakes United Seagulls d Northern Hawks 24-10
  • Cessnock Goannas d Western Suburbs Rosellas 34-20
  • Macquarie Scorpions d Kurri Kurri Bulldogs 62-6
  • Wyong Roos d Central Newcastle Butcher Boys 36-18
  • The Entrance Tigers d South Newcastle Lions 32-22
  • Bye: Maitland Pickers

Round five draw:

Saturday 22 April

  • 3pm: Macquarie Scorpions v Cessnock Goannas (Lyall Peacock Field)
  • 5.30pm: Kurri Kurri Bulldogs v Western Suburbs Rosellas (Kurri Kurri Sports Ground)

Sunday 23 April

  • 3pm: Central Newcastle Butcher Boys v Maitland Pickers (St John Oval)
  • 3pm: Northern Hawks v The Entrance Tigers (Tomaree Sports Ground)
  • 3pm: South Newcastle Lions v Lakes United Seagulls (Townson Oval)
  • Bye: Wyong Roos

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