Frontrowers return just in time
HE cavalry is arriving just in time for Gladstone Brothers' CQ Extended League and Gladstone A grade premiership campaigns.
Short on troops in recent weeks, coach Matt Jones is relieved to have front-rowers Chris Johnson and David Ahern back in action, along with utility half Clint Docherty, against FitzroyGracemere at Marley Brown Oval tomorrow.
The Brethren should be further bolstered within the next fortnight with fullback James Radloff, halfback Ben Platt and second-rower Nathan Cameron all expected back from injury during the Gladstone competition finals.
The news is a welcome relief for Jones, whose resources have been stretched during a horror injury run which culminated with a 66-20 loss to minor premiers CQU Norths last weekend.
A Brothers victory tomorrow would enable them to retain second spot ahead of Wallabys who can end Fitzroy-Gracemere's finals hopes when they clash at Saleyards Park tomorrow.
Fitzroys are level with Biloela in fifth spot on 14 premiership points but trail the Panthers by 114 on points for and against and need a victory over Wallabys to secure a finals berth.
The Panthers have already wrapped up a Gladstone and District Rugby League semi-final spot and will take on Wallabys while Gladstone Brothers and Valleys meet in the other semi.
Also fighting for their Extended League lives this weekend are Gladstone Brothers' fifth-placed reserve grade outfit whose superior for and against record should get them through regardless of tomorrow's result.
Tannum Sands under-19s are also walking the premiership tightrope. The Seagulls are level with Fitzroys in fifth place and boast a 78-point advantage on for and against standings.
However, the Seagulls play second-placed Rockhampton Brothers today while Fitzroys face Wallabys who have leaked 1164 points this season, leaving Tannum's spot in jeopardy.