IT TOOK the Gladstone Goats only two minutes to stamp their authority in a top-of-the-table clash with Colts Friday night, scoring easily adjacent to the posts.
The Goats never looked back, with a second try within 10 minutes of kick-off and securing a bonus point before half time, eventually winning the match 36-5.
Colts were overwhelmed constantly by the Goats, who were more energetic on defence and showed a lot of ability by racking up six tries.
Gladstone's captain Aubre Harmse, who was influential on the match from halfback, praised his team's efforts in dispatching another top rival in the Central Queensland Rugby Union competition.
"It was a pretty quick start; they woke up after that," he said.
"We just stayed on our structure and played the way we wanted to play."
From the outset the Goats looked to be the more capable side in greasy conditions.
After a lull following the first two tries, the Goats made up for lacklustre play by adding two more tries before the break.
One of the five-pointers was from a brilliant turnover, in which the Goats charged down a kick from the back of a scrum and scored on the pickup.
"We tried to work on our defence the last couple of weeks. We want to be the best defensive team in the competition," Harmse joked of the constant pressure on the Colts' ball carrier.
Gladstone's lead at half time could easily have been more than the 24-0 margin, but it mattered little as the hosts started the second stanza the same way as the first, scoring quickly and shutting out any hope of a Colts revival.
Another lull slowed the match during the second period, a number of dropped balls in the slippery conditions preventing too much open-field play.
The Goats added another try after extended pressure in the Colts' half, a brilliant maul followed a lineout and led directly to Harmse's crashing over for a try out of the ruck.
" Definitely good to get one, I am always trying to get other guys over," he said.
The task of a miracle comeback was further dampened for the Colts, losing a player for the match to a red card after persistent backchat to the referee.
Despite the numerical advantage, the Goats were forced to defend on their line for the best part of 10 minutes, finally succumbing and giving up their chance at holding the Colts out for the full 80 minutes. The Goats failed to have the final say, unable to crash over at last.
Goats vs. Colts
- Gladstone 36 def Colts 5
- Sione Tonga- 2
- Lex Bryant- 2
- JG Fichardt
- Aubre Harmse Conversions - 3/6