Clinton Horne puts on a clinic in Seagulls win
CLINTON Horne has reaffirmed his standing as one of Bundaberg Rugby League's best players.
Horne scored three tries and kicking four goals in Hervey Bay Seagulls' 36-24 win over Isis Devils at the Furnace, though his impact went far beyond the scoreboard.
Injured coach Tye Ingebrigtsen watched Horne's masterclass unfold from the bench, and said it was one of the best performances he had seen.
"I said before the game that this is the time where your big players stand up," he said.
"He did that. He controlled the game, he scored a few tries, set up a few tries, and his kicking game was great."
Horne's performance was important not only because it led the Seagulls to victory, but because his side were without the services of as many as 12 players.
Isaak Pedersen was a late withdrawal, while Ingebrigtsen, Joel McCrea, Will Jung, Terry Horne and Simon Hawthorne headline an extensive unavailibility list. With so many out it gave some of Hervey Bay's fringe players an opportunity to perform.
Winger Junior Saumani was one of those who shone, while former Devil Robbie O'Donnell's return to Childers impressed Ingebritsen.
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"Robbie was sensational against his old club," Ingebrigtsen said.
"He got a bit of verbal from the boys whenever he took up the ball but he got through the full 80.
"He'll probably keep his spot in the side for Waves (in two weeks).
"Junior's surprised me a bit. This is his first time playing senior footy and he's handled it well."
The Seagulls remain in the top half of the competition but will face another hefty challenge against Waves on Saturday, April 2.