Wallabys keen to halt charge of front runners

WALLABYS have the hopes of a possible Gladstone grand final on their shoulders when they meet the CQU Norths Chargers in tonight's CQ Extended League A grade major semi-final at Browne Park.

If the in-form Wallabys can knock-off the high-flying minor premiers, then the harbour city will host the September 11 grand final.

In a big weekend for local clubs, Gladstone Brothers are playing for survival against their Brethren counterparts from Rockhampton at Marley Brown Oval tomorrow.

But it is tonight's game that has everyone involved in rugby league talking.

On reputation, Wallabys are rated the outsiders, but coach Aaron Farrar believes his boys are ready for take on the Central Comets-laden Chargers line-up.

'We have trained well this week, are injury free and looking forward to having a crack at Norths,' Farrar said.

'The boys' attitude has been spot-on and we are really up for the challenge.

'They will have a few Comets players in their team, but they are flesh and blood like us and we think we can beat them.'

Wallabys have had the luxury of a reasonably settled squad over the past six weeks and are peaking at the right time of the year.

The defending premiers have had a settled build-up going into the clash according to Farrar, with only Daniel Beahan (boxing commitments) out tonight.

'Our continuity has been a key, to have a settled side has been a real bonus.

'We are ready and the boys want to bring the grand final to Gladstone,' he said.

Tomorrow's clash between the two Brethrens also promises to be an absolute belter.

Gladstone Brothers would be glad to see the back of Wallabys after two disappointing losses in as many weeks.

Coach Matt Jones would have been happy to get game time last week into the likes of fullback James Radloff, halfback Ben Platt and tough as nails utility Nigel Robertson.

If these three can reproduce their best alongside the inventive Dean O'Dowd and inspirational skipper Russell Groth, the boys from Gladstone Brothers will go a long way to winning.

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