Horne: Wallaroos are always tough to beat
CLINTON Horne's right boot may have helped Wallaroos stay in the game, but the Hervey Bay captain could only praise the Maryborough club after full time.
The Seagulls were expected to flog Wallaroos, but the boys in blue almost caused the first upset of the 2016 season.
Horne lamented his side's execution, but said Wallaroos wanted it more.
"It's always tough when we come to Wallaroos," he said.
"It doesn't matter if they or we are a good side, they always show up. It was tough.
"We made some silly mistakes but full credit to Wallaroos, they came out and wanted to play in that first half and we didn't. It showed on the scoreboard.
"We got a revving from Tye (Ingebrigtsen, coach) and in the second half we showed the side we have."
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Newly-acquired Seagulls second-rower Joel McCrea was nominated as one of the best on field.
"It's his first game back from a knee recon and he was tough all night," Horne said.
"Our forwards stood up .They were getting bashed in the first half - same against Brothers - but they came over the top of them towards the end."
Seagulls face Isis Devils at Childers next week.