HANDFUL: Samson Mariner prepares for a big hit-up in Valleys Diehards’ 34-12 win over Tannum Sands Seagulls at Marley Brown on Saturday night.
HANDFUL: Samson Mariner prepares for a big hit-up in Valleys Diehards’ 34-12 win over Tannum Sands Seagulls at Marley Brown on Saturday night. John Todd

Diehards’ winning strategy hard to counter

VALLEYS Diehards rolled Tannum Sands Seagulls 34-12 at Marley Brown Oval on Saturday night.

Valleys finished third on the ladder in the Gladstone District Rugby League season but are in good form and only need to win the next three games to win the competition.

The Seagulls started the better side on the night, racing to a 12-6 lead but Valleys stopped them in their tracks.

Valleys' forward Samson Mariner said their first half was ill-disciplined but there second half was nearly perfect.

"We completed our sets and just went forward," he said.

"We had the ball a lot and our defence was good."

They worked the edge of the rucks early in the sets and drew the Seagulls defence to the middle of the park.

At the end of the sets they spread the ball to the backs that were skilful enough to score.

"We saw some frustration in their team and that's what we wanted to do," said Mariner.

"We built up momentum and went wide to our backs."

Both teams were playing with injuries and ended up with no substitutes on the bench and wounded players on the field.

"I got told I couldn't come off at the end," Mariner said.

"I would have played 30 of the last 40 minutes."

Valleys were professional when they had the ball at the end of the match.

A couple of times they kicked deep into the corner on the fourth tackle to ensure they kept the Seagulls pinned down in their attacking half.

In the end the GDRL season may come down to having enough fit bodies on the park and Valleys may get a rest this weekend.

They are set to play Wallabys who are struggling to get a full side on the field using 19's and reserves.

After yesterday's brawl at Marley Brown, two of their players could be missing after being reported.

"We had a talk after the game and we will be training like we will be playing this week," Mariner said.

"We just need to play each week as it comes and hope we get into the final.

"If we make the final we could always win it," Mariner said.



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