Seagulls edge out brave Waves
ACROSS the Waves will be sweating on an injury report for star fullback Tien Nguyen after their seven-point loss to Hervey Bay Seagulls.
Coach Antonio Kaufusi said players told him they heard a snap when Tien went down during the 33-26 loss at Salter Oval on Sunday.
"I'm just hoping it won't be too bad," Kaufusi said.
"He (Tien) is a man of few words but is a leader on the field."
With injuries to Tien and Zakarey Bainbridge , Kaufusi was forced to re-shuffle his backline to take on the form team of the competition.
"I had guys playing different positions, which definitely hurt us," he said.
"They (Seagulls) could have run away with it but we dug in, so I'm really proud of the effort."
Seagulls coach Tye Ingebrigtsen labelled the win as the toughest, most physical game his side had played this season.
"It's easily the toughest challenge we've had so far," Ingebrigtsen said. Will Jung played 75 minutes at prop while front row partner Simon Hawthorne was a rock in his return to the A-grade side.
There is still another nine rounds of the regular season to go but the Seagulls already have one hand on the minor premiership.
That is a distant dream for Ingebrigtsen however, as he faces an injury crisis that claimed another high-profile scalp in centre Ash Boney.
"He did his ankle and didn't look too good," Ingebrigtsen said.