Rugby League, Maryborough - A grade.  Hervey Bay Seagulls versus Isis Devils.
Rugby League, Maryborough - A grade. Hervey Bay Seagulls versus Isis Devils. Valerie Horton

Seagulls rise to stand alone atop BRL

A LONG-term injury to half Joel Denduck soured another strong Hervey Bay Seagulls win.

The Seagulls beat Maryborough Brothers 38-18, but Denduck's injury has left Jai Ingram with another hole to fill in his lineup.

Captain Clinton Horne said Denduck was on his way to a possible try when a tackle left him with a broken ankle.

"It looked pretty bad,” Horne said.

"He was playing well too, he had a try assist, kicked a 40-20.”

Billy Stefaniuk and Jayden Shepherd scored two tries each in the win, while Dalton Harry scored twice for Maryborough Brothers.

Not everything went the Seagulls' way however, as they were forced to fight for every metre.

"They've got a big forward pack so we had to weather the storm for the first 25 minutes or so,” Horne said.

"They were sticking it to us. There was a period they made 70 metres with each set.”

Horne said the Seagulls' under-18 players performed well in the main game.

The playmaker said his side had to work on its line speed and maintain its defence.

Hervey Bay will host The Waves Tigers at Stafford Park on Saturday night, when up to six regular starters could return.



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