Her­vey Bay Seag­ulls’ win takes them to the fi­nals

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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.

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