The Beaudesert Kingfishers fired a warning to QTOP Doug Lipp Competition rivals on Sunday, hammering fourth placed Runaway Bay 50-22 away from home.
The Kingfishers were anticipating a brutal clash against a Seagulls side that will also feature in the finals with coach Gee saying the opposition possessed some big, fast, mobile and enterprising players.
“Last time we played them it was 20-10 in a tough match and they’ve been in form of late,” he said
Those expectations were realised in the opening moments as each side threw itself into the contest with intent.
It was Beaudesert who drew first blood, crossing for an unconverted try to take a 4-0 lead but they again let an early advantage slip away.
Capitalising on some poor Kingfisher ball handling, the Seagulls hit back not once but twice to go ahead 10-4.
It was an arm wrestle for the remainder of the half with teams trading four pointers and Beaudesert making life difficult for themselves by failing to complete sets.
By the break the Seagulls were holding a precarious 22-16 position.
Gee said his charges played well in the first forty but were continually hampered by turnovers.
“We weren’t perfect,” he said.
“We were making a few errors, but that’s footy.”
The Kingfishers clicked into gear in the second half and blew the Seagulls off the park with an irresistable blitz featuring some scintillating attacking rugby league. .
Gee said the platform from which his side launched its second half barrage was laid by defensive effort.
“The second half was just sensational,” he said.
“As a team we really came together.
“Once we had momentum, we started putting tries on them.”
Gee was surprised to put 50 on Runaway Bay but he said it was the perfect preparation for this Sunday’s epic qualifying final encounter with the Mudgeeraba Redbacks at Runaway Bay.
The Kingfishers will fine tune their defensive processes at training this week in the hope of restricting the dangerous Redbacks with Gee saying his injury-hit squad knows it must perform.
“If we’re not at our best, we won’t win,” he said.