Win over Wests keeps Tigers alive
THE Waves' Trent Seeds knows how to do deal with pressure when it comes to finals football.
The centre, against his former teammates, helped eliminate Wests from the Bundaberg Rugby League A-Grade finals with a hat-trick in his side's 36-22 win last night.
Fittingly, his final try of the night was the match-winner as the Tigers survived a late onslaught from the Panthers.
"He's pretty good at bagging tries against them,” The Waves captain Dan McLennan said after the game.
"He's pretty happy.”
The Waves fought back from an early deficit to lead 14-12 at half-time before extending their lead to 30-12 in the 51st minute.
Wests then fought back with two late tries but it wasn't enough.
"We were probably good in the middle third, the first third and the last third we were a little bit off,” McLennan said.
"It was good to get the win and move on to next week.”
The side is confident it has what it takes to repeat last year's performance and make it to grand final.
"We're keen to go deep in the finals,” McLennan said.
"When we play to our structures, play really smart and defend hard we look really good.”
The Waves will play Wallaroos next week.
Meanwhile, Wests concedes the first few minutes of the second half cost them the game.
"We started slow and it went away from us,” Wests captain James Prichard said.
"I don't think we started with the same intensity as (the first half).”
He said the side struggled to take its chances.
He said the team put the pressure on their rivals in the final few minutes and said get a couple of calls had gone their way.
"We're obviously disappointed to end it now but our run into the finals was really good.”