Wallabys overpower Diehards in trial
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
A YARD-hungry forward pack paved the way for Wallabys to overpower Valleys 40-12 in their A-grade rugby league trial at Marley Brown Oval last night. The Wallabys' engine room produced too much power for their Diehards opposites repeatedly steam rolling their way up field and creating time and space for their playmakers. Not content with monstering their opponents in attack the Wallabys pack also tackled with relish effectively shutting down much of Valleys attack.
The loss was a blow to Valleys coach Aaron Earnshaw whose side had been riding high after successive trial wins The Diehards battled valiantly but did not have the power up front on the night to match it with Wallabys. It wasn't all doom and gloom for Valleys who outscored Wallabys 6-nil in the final quarter.
Their lock Travis Ribot produce a busy game while full-back Rick Gibson and five-eighth Neil Smith showed good form.
Wallbys book-ends Matt Rogers and Aaaron Farrar, in his firstmatch back from suspension were dominant up front along side Ray Kaestner while fullback Ron Craig and five-eighth Matt Baker also starred.
A grade: Wallabys 40 (Matt Baker 3, Ron Craig,Garry Brown,Aaron Far-rar,Dan Gourley tries Craig 6 goals defeated Valleys 12 (Travis Ribot, Rick Gibson tries Chris Jamieson 2 goals. Gladstone Brothers 48 (Nathan Cameron 2, James Radloff, Chris Anderson, Trevor Huth, Jason Smith, Ben Bultreys, Will Jarvis, Ben Dowdle tries, Radloff 5, Clint Docherty goals) d Tannum Sands 4 (Matthew Slaughter try).
Reserve grade: Wallabys 34 (Daryl Solomon Chaz Nixon, Matt Rigby, Eddie Abdul-Rahman, Brad McDonald tries Drewe Palmer 6 goals Solomon 1 defeated Valleys 16 Adam Sene Adam Alexander Cameron Shields tries. Alexander 2 goals. Gladstone Brothers 40 (J. Currell 2, D. Bloomfield 2, B. Dowdle, D. Zammit, J. Rostrick tries, Dowdle 5, Rostrick goals) d Tannum Sands 4 (W. Filewood try).
Under-19: Valleys 74 Chris Hughes 3, Chris Kells 2, Matt Brown 2, Tamati Wirihana 2, Chris Kellow Brenden Hughes, Harry Jones, Dave Bartlett, Stuart Perngelly, Jareth Adams,unknown tries,Dean Kafoa 4, Ian Oakhill 2 Hughes 2 goals. defeted Wallabys 4. Peter Penrose try. Gladstone Brothers 28 (Brendon Gibb, Angus Wilson, Chris Hort, Tom Curran, Dean Kelly, Lee McBeth tries, Wilson 2 goals) d Tannum Sands 2 (Trent Minton goal).