Wallabys subdue gallant Yeppoon
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE MATCH won't go down as one of the classics, but Wallabys got the two points they were looking for in their CQ Extended League clash against a gallant Yeppoon at Marley Brown Oval on Saturday night.
Wallabys only ran away in the final 20 minutes of the match to pick up a welcome 40-24 victory.
Even so, the defending premiers had to do it tough against a young and committed Yeppoon team who came to play.
The visitors had the better of the first half and in fact led 14-10 at the 30 minute mark, but Wallabys bounced back to lead 20-14 at the break.
Wallabys went 26-14 ahead shortly after the break when a nice set play between Ron Craig, returning from the Central Comets, and coach Aaron Farrar resulted in Farrar's second try.
At that stage it looked as though Wallabys would cruise away, but like a desperate dog, Yeppoon would not go away.
Length of the field tries from speedy brothers Quentin and Willie Querro put the game back on the line at 26-24.
But the cream always rises to the top when the pressure is on and it was no surprise that a piece of mercurial Craig magic stopped the Yeppoon charge in their tracks.
Starting from deep in his own half, Craig beat four defenders including the fullback on the solo effort which brought the Marley Brown crowd to their feet.
That inspirational effort was backed up just two minutes later with a try to centre Chris Butler and he crossed again in the 74th minute to ensure Wallabys picked up a crucial two points.
Coach Aaron Farrar said it was not his team's best performance, but was happy to come away with a win.
'I was pleased with the way the boys stuck to the task, Yeppoon played well tonight and to get the two points is great,' Farrar said.
Young halfback Matt Baker was a standout for Wallabys, while tireless second-rowers Matt Rogers and Dan Gourley were prominent.
Yeppoon were well served by 18-year-old hooker Jesse Jenkins and halfback Robert Ryan.