The top three dominate as Wests beat Past Brothers
LEAGUE: There is no stopping The Waves' Trent Seeds from crossing the try line in the Bundaberg Rugby League.
The Tigers centre scored his third hat-trick of the season in the side's 68-12 win over Hervey Bay at Stafford Park on Saturday.
The Seagulls got an early third-minute lead with a penalty goal before the ladder leaders took over with 12 tries as fellow Tiger Billy Stefaniuk also scored a hat-trick.
Seeds now has 14 tries for the season, including a try in seven out of his eight matches played this season.
The Waves remain one point clear of the Wallaroos, who defeated Easts by 14 points in Hervey Bay.
The Maryborough club scored six tries to three in the Stafford Park clash with veteran centre Shaun Collins bagging two of those.
Roos coach Peter Water said the focus on Collins allowed other players to dictate the game.
"They targeted Shaun so that took the pressure off the other players," Waters said.
"Luke Waters controlled the pace of the game brilliantly, and the best forward, I thought, was Jesse Robertson.
"He just kept rolling forward and had a few good offloads."
In other matches, Isis smashed Maryborough Brothers 66-10 at Salter Oval with Matt Craven scoring five tries in the contest.
The Central Crows representative player scored two tries in the first half and three in the second as the Devils inched closer to a first finals appearance in a couple of years.
Finally, Western Suburbs stayed inside the top four with a 22-20 win over Past Brothers.
A converted try to Joel Turaga with less than six minutes to go edged the Panthers past the Brethren.
Past Brothers will now face Hervey Bay this week at Salter Oval with The Waves facing Isis.
In Maryborough, the Wallaroos face Wests with Maryborough Brothers facing Easts.