Wests player Jafar Cook breaks through the Hervey Bay defence of Robbie O’Donnell and Scott Lavell at Salter Oval.
Wests player Jafar Cook breaks through the Hervey Bay defence of Robbie O’Donnell and Scott Lavell at Salter Oval. Max Fleet

Close call for Seagulls

HERVEY Bay Seagulls coach Terry Horne could be forgiven if he's a nervous wreck come the end of the Bundaberg Rugby League A-grade season.

His players are doing their best to see to that.

Seagulls have reached the finals series after finishing third at the end of the regular fixtures for the year on Sunday.

But getting there wasn't pretty.

Seagulls just managed to beat bottom-of-the-ladder Bundaberg Wests 41-40 at Salter Oval in the Rum City.

It also needed a last-gasp try from second-rower Scott Lavell to secure the win.

Seagulls led 19-18 at half-time and managed to increase their lead to nine points before the home team hit back to take the lead themselves and send a few shockwaves through the Seagulls camp.

Just when it looked as though the trip north was going to end in defeat, Lavell came to the party and crashed over to score the all-important winning try.

Danny Kingdom (two), Terry Horne Junior (two), and Victor Davies scored the other tries.

Kingdom also kicked the extras.

Not surprisingly, Horne said he had no nails left to chew on.

“I think they (his nails) went ages ago,” said Horne, who took over the coaching duties from Steve Crawford this year.

“Being a coach can be a hazardous occupation I can tell you – you experience so many different emotions.

“It wasn't pretty the win, but it's a win and I'll take it.”

Finishing third on the ladder means Seagulls will now tackle the Childers-based Isis Devils in the first week of the finals.

The game will be played in Bundaberg on Saturday.

The winner will go on to play minor premiers, Easts, for the right to go straight through to the grand final.

The loser will tackle the winner of the Brothers and Across the Waves showdown in an all-or-nothing clash to stay in the finals race.



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