Big guns blaze in league showdown
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
WITH just two weeks before the finals, it is crunch time in the CQ Extended Rugby League as the big guns meet tomorrow.
Gladstone Brothers travel to CQU Norths Chargers as second meets first, while Wallabys host Rockhampton Brothers at Marley Brown Oval.
An injury-hit Brethren face a tough ask against the Chargers who are always tough to beat at Browne Park.
Heading the Brothers injury list are fullback James Radloff, halfback Ben Platt, props Chris Johnson and Dave Ahern and centre Trevor Huth.
In enforced positional changes, Dean O'Dowd shifts from hooker to halfback, Will Jarvis moves to five-eighth and Russell Groth goes back to hooker.
Brothers coach Matt Jones knows his side goes into the game as underdogs, but is expecting a honest 80-minute performance.'
'We are understrength and it is going to be tough, but it is not mission impossible for us,' Jones said.
'If we have a crack, the result will speak for itself.'
Wallabys' hunt for third spot gets a major test when they host Rockhampton Brothers.
The defending premiers are hitting some impressive form and enter this game with plenty of confidence after last week's 52-20 win over Yeppoon.
Coach Aaron Farrar believes his side is ready to fire in this crunch game.
'We are hungry for third spot, this is a huge game for us and the boys are ready to give it our best,' Farrar said.
Unlike the Brethren, Wallabys are close to full-strength with only classy centre Chris Butler unavailable.
'This game is crucial in the lead-up to the finals and if we play to our game plan with the right attitude we can win the game,' he said.
In other matches, Valleys take on Fitzroy-Gracemere tonight, while Tannum Sands head out to Biloela for tomorrow's clash against the Panthers.