GALLERY: Roosters pluck rivals Wallabys in reserve grade
RUGBY LEAGUE: Calliope has sent a message to the rest of the Rockhampton Rugby League reserve grade competition with a comprehensive 38-10 win over rivals Wallabys at the weekend.
The seven-tries-to-two victory was nothing short of what the Roosters deserved, as a disappointing Wallabys side couldn't get a roll on in front of their home fans.
Wallabys opened the scoring at Albion Park through Ben Kerr before the Roosters scored five unanswered tries to open up a 26-4 lead at half-time.
Two tries and a penalty after the break handed Calliope a 38-4 lead until Matt Manders scored a consolation try for Wallabys with three minutes remaining.
The 28-point win was Calliope's sixth of the season and leaves them sitting comfortably in fifth place on the ladder.
While both sides naturally lift when they play each other, Roosters' halfback Cameron Masters said his side needed to up the ante after back-to-back losses prior to the Round 10 contest.
"We came in with a good, positive attitude,” he said.
"That's something we've been trying to work on, being positive and turning up for each other, and it showed this week.
"The forwards were all working for each other and giving the backs opportunities.”
It was a different story for Wallabys, who have slipped into a mid-season slump, having lost three out of its last five games.
Captain Dan Beahan was left surprised at the margin of defeat, adding it was hard to stop the Roosters' go-forward once they got a roll on.
"We started the game well but there was one set where we gave them back-to-back penalties, which got them out of their end and they scored,” he said.
"Then they just had the momentum and we couldn't seem to change it.
"They played well and their forwards came in with a lot of purpose and were making some good yards.”
Wallabys now face a season-defining run of games during the next month with matches against Rockhampton Brothers, Gladstone Brothers, Norths and Emu Park prior to the July 14 rematch against Calliope.
"Our last three games - Woorabinda that we drew, last week against Valleys and this week against Calliope - I was hoping they were winnable games for us,” Beahan said.
"So it's a bit up in limbo for us at the moment and it's going to take a big effort. We're going to have to get wins up against sides above us on the ladder coming into the last half of the season.
"We've got tough games coming up... It doesn't get much easier so we've got to regroup.”
Reserve Grade results
- Calliope Roosters 38 (D Lawson, A Jensen, T Sorahan, M Hare, J Hammond, A Goldsworthy, A Anderson tries; A Jensen 5 goals) def. Wallabys 10 (B Kerr, M Manders tries; M Baker goal);
- Tannum 32 def. Valleys 30;
- Rockhampton Brothers 34 def. Gladstone Brothers 12.