Jackson Van Mierlo scores a try for the Magpies in their victory over the Seagulls at Salter Oval on Saturday night.
Jackson Van Mierlo scores a try for the Magpies in their victory over the Seagulls at Salter Oval on Saturday night. Simon Young BUN180513RUG1

Horne injury a double blow for Seagulls

THE Hervey Bay Seagulls' tough 32-22 loss to Eastern Suburbs at Salter Oval on Saturday night was compounded by a serious injury to their main strike weapon TJ Horne.

Seagulls player-co-coach Mitch Yarrow said yesterday Horne was taken to hospital after the match with a shoulder injury and he believed he would miss between 6-8 weeks.

Horne's injury could not have come at a worse time for the struggling Seagulls, who slipped to a win-loss record of 1-5 after blowing a 14-10 half-time lead against the Magpies.

"We came out in the second half and just had a lapse of about 15 minutes and they put two or three tries on us," Yarrow said.

"A few discipline reasons and a few slack penalties and they scored off our silly mistakes."

Despite dominating the first half, the Seagulls couldn't stop the Magpies' formidable forward pack as they chewed up the metres after the break and set a good platform for their halves and outside backs to work from.

Yarrow described the game as one that got away, but said the players could take a lot of heart from the way they competed for the majority of the contest.

"We had plenty of chances, but we certainly took a lot out of it," he said.

"Easts are the second-best side in the comp and to compete with them for 80 minutes shows we're still improving and it lets the rest of the competition know we're still here."

Despite the horror start to the season, Yarrow was adamant the Seagulls were developing into a finals-bound outfit.

"We're still building and I don't think you've seen our best yet," he said.

"There are a lot of teams now writing us off, but we're a bunch of kids having fun and once we click, watch out."



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