Hervey Bay Seagulls’ win takes them to the finals
WITH their season on the line, Hervey Bay Seagulls booked a place in the Bundaberg Rugby League A-grade grand final with a stunning come-from-behind win against Wests Panthers.
Seagulls had a slow start to the game, with Wests dominating early proceedings to lead 18-0 midway through the second half.
A Seagulls try on the stroke of half-time seemed to galvanise the Hervey Bay side and in the second half it came out and tore Wests’ defence to shreds.
In the second half, the Tye Ingebrigstein and Billy Stefanaul left-side combination showed why it was one of the most lethal attacking weapons in the BRL, with Stefaniuk leaving players grasping at air as he
c Seagulls halfback Clinton Horne We went into the sheds and talked about being confident and completing our sets
beat several defenders with a weaving run to score.
As Seagulls scored another try, Wests’ confidence fizzled as Seagulls’ confidence soared and the team took the lead midway through the second half.
Wests had no answer and eventually succumbed to the Seagulls onslaught 32 points to 18.
Seagulls halfback Clinton Horne said the try before the half-time buzzer was the jolt his side required.
“That try in the last 10 seconds of the first half, mate that’s what lifted us,” Horne said.
“We went into the sheds and talked about being confident and completing our sets.”
Horne said the his side could not afford to give Brothers the same start.
“We have to turn our 40 minutes that we played in the second half into an 80-minute performance,” he said.
“Otherwise we will get our pants pulled down by Brothers.”
The only concern for Seagulls was an arm injury to fullback Alex Braun.
“Alex is huge part of team. We’ll assess it and go from there,” he said.
Wests Josh Tanner praised his young side’s effort.
“We have made two grand finals and finished third this year so I’m pretty happy with the boys,” he said.
“With a side like Seagulls you give them a sniff and they will come at you.
“They have good halves and all their players lifted in the second half.”
PUSHING THROUGH: Amos Pelite powering on for Hervey bay Seagulls in the Grade A preliminary final at Salters Oval.