Seagulls record win despite a slow start against Wests
HERVEY Bay Seagulls might not have won had Wests Panthers had a specialist goalkicker.
The Panthers got off to a flyer as the Stafford Park crowd built ahead of the Intrust Super Cup clash.
They scored three tries to one in the first half-hour, but the absence of goalkicking accuracy meant they led the home side by only six points.
Had they converted just one of those tries it could have given the Panthers a mental edge over the Seagulls. Instead, Hervey Bay took control and escaped with a 12-point win.
Nathan Tanner did not make excuses for his troops.
The Panthers coach admitted his side would have been more comfortable had they converted their opportunities, but he was happy with his players' efforts.
"It's always going to be hard to come down to Hervey Bay," Tanner said.
"We knew we were coming for a hard game. I'm happy for the boys. We made a few wrong decisions but you can't give the Seagulls many opportunities.
"I'm still happy though."
Seagulls coach Tye Ingebrigtsen was relieved as the siren sounded.
The injured utility was disappointed with his troops' opening 10 minutes, but the injection of Will Elemani and Will Jung at the 13-minute mark turned the tide.
"It was supposed to be the last 20 minutes of both halves (that Elemani and Jung came on)," he said.
"I had to get them on earlier as we lacked a bit of aggression in the middle.
"It took two tries before we started lifting but we showed how good we can play in the second half.
"It showed it took six-and-half rounds until we clicked."
Ingebrigtsen said Elemani, centre Ashley Boney who scored two tries, and utility Kevin Tranberg were his side's best performers.
HERVEY BAY SEAGULLS 30 (Boney 2, Stefaniuk, Elemani, McCrea, Wicks tries; C Horne 2, Wicks goals) def WESTS PANTHERS 22 (Kynuna 2, Moran, J Tanner, Whaleboat tries; J Tanner goal) at Stafford Park.
EASTS MAGPIES 46 (Duffy, C Stibbards, Tanner, K Stibbards, Johnson, Maughan, Keven, Zysk, Gazzard tries; Ward 4, Keven goals) def ISIS DEVILS 12 (Stahn, Rowan tries; Stahn, Fay goals) at Salter Oval, Bundaberg.
WAVES TIGERS 42 (Baillie 2, Nguyen, Rose, Losefa, McLennan, Nona, Georgiu tries; McLennan 5 goals) def WALLAROOS 18 (Waters 2, Rowles tries; Horder 3 goals) at Salter Oval, Bundaberg.