Hat-trick of tries seals Wallabys' win
A HAT-TRICK of tries to Wallabys second-rower Matt Rogers was the highlight of his side's 42-18 CQ Extended League A grade victory over Valleys at Marley Brown Oval yesterday.
Rogers stormed on to passes from halfback Matt Baker for his first two four-pointers before going it alone for his third in an encounter that was tight for the first 60 minutes before the unbeaten Wallabys kicked clear near the end.
Wallabys were not at their best but still did enough with their larger forward pack to overpower a Valleys side which defended strongly for much of the match but could not keep the effort going for 80 minutes.
Wallabys took charge early, centre Ashley Dodd scoring off a slick Graham Warde pass and creating a 20-6 by the 31st minute mark before Valleys regrouped.
A clever kick from Valleys lock Adam Alexander set winger Kris Smith up for a try just before halftime and when interchange forward Adam Sene charged over shortly after the break for another converted try, Valleys had closed the gap to two points.
However, that was as close as they got to Wallabys who created some breathing space in the 53rd minute when fullback Ron Craig and Dodd combined to send Dan Gourley over.
The try broke Valleys' resistance, with Wallabys crossing for another three tries to run out comfortable victors.
Wallabys forwards Ray Kaestner and Rogers impressed alongside Baker, five-eighth Grant Stokes and winger Shaun Retchford who crossed for two tries.
Valleys were best served by coach and hooker Aaron Earnshaw, Smith, fullback Rick Gibson, centre Luke Chapman and second-rower Pita Ngamoki. Valleys finished the game a player short after Alexander was sent off for dissent.
TANNUM Sands coach Graham Appo has labelled a group of the club's players as "gutless'' after his side's 64-4 CQ Extended League A grade loss to Gladstone Brothers at Marley Brown Oval on Saturday night.
Appo's ire was not directed at his players on the park but rather at a group of reserve grade regulars, who did not play on the night and who heckled his undermanned team as they fought to withstand the Brothers onslaught.
'They were Tannum boys who didn't bother playing reserve grade and didn't ask if A grade needed a hand,' Appo said.
'They won't ever make the A grade side and may as well not bother playing reserve grade either. They not only let down their club, but let down their teammates too which I think is gutless.'
CENTRE Chris Hughes notched five tries as Valleys went on a point-scoring spree in their CQ Extended League under-19 clash with Wallabys yesterday, cruising to a 74-4 victory at Marley Brown Oval.
The Diehards crossed for 15 tries in their 70-point victory ? the only one enjoyed by the club on the day.
Meanwhile, Biloela under-19 lock forward Aaron Wragge continued his try-scoring run, adding another two in the Panthers' 28-26 victory over CQU Norths in Biloela on Saturday night. He now has eight tries from three matches.
Gladstone Brothers' James Radloff had a big night on the points on Saturday night, crossing for two tries and adding eight goals in the Brethren's 64-4 victory over Tannum Sands at Marley