Goats blitz University to clear first on CQ ladder
IT WAS men against boys at the rugby union on Saturday with the Gladstone Goats blowing away University with a season-best win of 79 to 7, leaving the Gladstone team in clear first on the Central Queensland Rugby Union ladder.
Goats coach Ken Dobson said the team was able to play an expansive and attacking game.
"We have a lot of weapons in the outside backs," he said.
"Our platform was laid down by our forwards, we got a lot of go-forward and were able to use our backs to score," he said.
The Goats scored five tries in the first half and stormed home in the second, scoring another eight.
Quick passes and good ball movement kept the scoreboard ticking over, with the Wallabies maintaining the majority of possession.
Mr Dobson said the big win was the result of a great team effort.
"Tighthead prop Steven Ball was named man of the match after scoring two tries, which was a great effort," he said.
"Our lock, Paul Tema, was very strong on the ball carry and Ben Gill at number 7 was strong in defence.
"The great thing about our team is that we don't have any weak spots across the park," he said.
Dobson said the team had a lot of depth, with close to 40 players turning out to play this year.
"We've been trying to attack through channel three onwards, rather than the heavily defended areas in channels one and two," he said.
"We've been practising it a lot in training and today was the first time we've really successfully done it.
"We're looking to score points by attacking the fringes," he said.
Goats' blindside flanker, Leon Gray, said the team dug deep and got the ascendency early.
"Considering they're (University) third on the ladder it's a good win," he said.
Next week Goats will play Blackwater at Rugby Park in Rockhampton from 6.30pm.
"We lost to them first round and we want revenge," Mr Dobson said.
"That's been our only loss for the year, we're number one and we want to put that beyond doubt by beating them," he said.
University coach Lachlan McMurtrie said the team was missing a number of players with exams.
The blow-out was the Goats' highest score for the year.
Goats v University
- Gladstone Goats 79 University 7
THE Gladstone Goats have finished the first half of the season six points ahead of nearest rivals Colts, giving the locals the leader's trophy at the halfway mark.
The Goats have a chance to widen the advantage, playing third-placed Blackwater and second-placed Colts in consecutive weeks.
Next week's features:
Saturday, June 28
- University v Dawson Valley, University - 3.30pm
- Frenchville v Colts, Ryan Park, 4.30pm
- Capricorn Coast v Brothers, Rugby Park - 5pm
- Blackwater v Gladstone, Rugby Park - 6.30pm