Five tries the charm for Seagulls flyer Stefaniuk
A FIVE-try haul for Billy Stefaniuk capped a great day out for Hervey Bay Seagulls.
The defending premiers recorded their 21st straight win as they smashed Maryborough Brothers 54-0.
It was a tough day for Brothers, who were celebrating their first home A-grade game in 15 years.
They came to play, and were held up over the line twice in the first 20 minutes.
The Seagulls, powered by flyer Stefaniuk, showed why they are considered a hot favourite to win two consecutive Bundaberg Rugby League titles, though coach Jai Ingram said he more impressed with Hervey Bay's defence.
"We crossed for eight tries but to get that nil is what I'm happiest about," he said.
"That's when you know you have a team that has the character to win the comp.
"Maryborough came to play today, they just didn't have that last touch."
Centre Steve Brudzinski was sent off for a spear tackle with 25 minutes to go.
The Seagulls will host Isis Devils at Stafford Park on April 22, with Brothers to face Wallaroos.