Horne's kick helps Hervey Bay Seagulls avoid defeat to Easts
A GOAL kicking performance by Clinton Horne and a late intercepted try was enough to drag the Hervey Bay Seagulls over the line in a narrow victory over Easts at Salter Oval.
With both sides putting on three tries each, the boot of Horne gave the Seagulls a 22 to 20 victory over the struggling Eastern Suburbs.
Leading into the game, Seagulls coach Tye Ingebrigtsen touted the match as an opportunity to increase the side's for and against ratio.
But his optimism was short lived, with the Seagulls not able to take the advantage from the lower-ranked team.
Ingebrigtsen summed the match up.
"Very sloppy," he declared.
"We managed to get the win but we dropped the ball over the line a few times.
"It wasn't our best performance but it's still good to come away with the win."
A late intercept from Caleb McLean saw the Seagulls score to tie the match up before Horne's boot gave the Bay a two-point lead.
It was a pyrrhic victory with the Seagulls losing Darcy Horgan after three minutes and Nathan Martin sustaining a shoulder injury.
The Seagulls will nurse those injuries before a huge Anzac Day clash in a fortnight.
Starting with the under-18s from 12.30pm at Stafford Park in the Bay, five matches of rugby league will be played.
The Seagulls will take on ladder-leaders West Panthers in the curtain raiser to the Intrust Super Cup.
The cup will see the Sunshine Coast Falcons take on the 2015 premiers, the Ipswich Jets.
"It's the biggest game ever in Hervey Bay history," Ingebrigtsen declared.
"It's going to be massive - they're expecting to sell it out with four or five thousand people."
Ingebrigtsen said the side would work on its combinations before the match to improve the gelling of the players.