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Roosters fail to 'turn up' as Wallabys run rampant

Calliope’s Andy Rayment is grassed by the Wallabys’ defence at Marley Brown.
Calliope’s Andy Rayment is grassed by the Wallabys’ defence at Marley Brown. Luka Kauzlaric

A WEEK is a long time in footy, as the Jekyll and Hyde-like Calliope Roosters found out on Sunday as they were thoroughly trounced by a ruthless Wallabys side.

Calliope heaped the pressure on themselves for the majority of the game, with an inability to hold onto the pill and complete their sets.

It handed them a mountain of defensive work, and a rampant Wallabys' outfit took full advantage.

Wallabys finished 66-4 winners on Sunday afternoon afternoon at Marley Brown Oval, after an injury-depleted Roosters side simply couldn't compete with their counterparts.

Missing centres Isaac Gordon and Mitch Hallinan, and losing Matt King and Blake Lazarus during the game, Calliope finished the match with one left on the bench.

However it was the superb platform laid by the Wallabys forwards that trampled any hope the Roosters began the match with.

Wallabys constantly exposed frail defence in the middle of the ruck, taking huge metres behind the markers all afternoon, allowing for rapid attacking movements exposing overlaps on the fringes time and again.

Wallabys' halfback Dan Knight was pleased with his side's performance, praising the work of his forwards.

"They (forward pack) played awesome today," Knight said.

"We had plenty of room out on the left-hand side and that's probably why we scored so many tries was because of the forwards doing the hard stuff up the middle."

He said the focus had been on completing their sets, and capitalising on some sloppy defence in the middle of the park.

"Yeah we played a lot of close stuff off the hooker; we noticed it in the first half we were making metres up there (middle of the ruck), so we stuck to that and just tried to complete our sets in the second half," Knight said.

Calliope assistant coach Kevin Henderson said his side had simply "turned up" with the wrong attitude, and were punished accordingly.

"I don't want to make any excuses," Henderson said.

"Our attitude wasn't there today and if you turn up with a poor attitude you get what you deserve and we deserved the scoreline we got today.

"I mean, I was hoping we would've built on last week, but it just wasn't there today."

Henderson said he'd addressed his side post-game and told them to remain positive, adamant that if they could get the numbers back in time, the Roosters could still be a force come finals time.

"We've just got to stay confident and stay together," he said.

FINAL SCORE:

  1. Wallabys 66 def Calliope 4
  2. Half-Time: Wallabys 30 led Calliope 0

Topics:  gladstone sport, roosters, rugby union, wallabys



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