Tweed Heads’ under-18s star Xavier Coates was last night chosen as the man of the match in the interstate under-18s clash won 34-12 by Queensland at Suncorp Stadium.

Coates, who debuted for the Seagulls’ Intrust Super Cup team last month, scored a try and made constant inroads through the New South Wales defence in an impressive performance.

Another member of Tweed’s Mal Meninga Cup winning side, Reece Walsh, was also a try-scorer in the curtain-raiser to the first State of Origin clash which featured five Seagulls players.

CLICK HERE for the match report.