Chris Lambert passes during the A-grade Tannum Seagulls versus Wallabys game.
Chris Lambert passes during the A-grade Tannum Seagulls versus Wallabys game. Brenda Strong

Coach unhappy with win

WALLABYS have progressed to the grand final of the Gladstone A-grade rugby league competition, courtesy of a 36-22 win over Tannum Seagulls at Marley Brown Oval yesterday.

Wallabys raced to a 26-0 half-time lead after a dominant performance across the park.

Ben Dowdoe started the onslaught when he got on the end of a grubber kick on the right flank in the fourth minute.

Interchange player Nigel Daisy then scored two close-range tries within 15 minutes to extend Wallabys’ advantage to 14-0 midway through the first half.

Wallabys continued to mount significant pressure on the Seagulls, which resulted in another try via a Ron Craig chip-and-chase effort.

Sam Herbert made it 26-0 heading into the break when he converted his own try in the dying moments of the first period.

Tannum fought bravely in the second half to cut the deficit to a respectable 14 points, but the damage inflicted by Wallabys in the first period was beyond repair.

While Wallabys have progressed to the grand final to face arch-rivals Brothers, coach Danny McAllister wasn’t satisfied with the overall performance his side delivered.

“To be honest we’re going to have to be a lot better than that next week. We’ve got to be a lot tougher on ourselves,” he said.

“We did do some good things, but overall I was disappointed.

“We’ve got a week where we’re going to have to really focus on what’s at hand. We’ve got a bit of work to do at training.”

Tannum coach Wes Hallam said his side wasn’t able to play the game it needed to.

“It is disappointing but we’ve learned a lot this year and we’ve got a good core of young players that will be revving to go next year,” he said.

“We started the season well but we had quite a few losses that put us in to a slump and I don’t think we ever really came out of it.”

The grand final will take place next Sunday at Marley Brown.



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