Goats round up undefeated Drovers
RUGBY UNION: Gladstone's giant-killing form continued at the weekend with a flawless second half display setting up a 37-8 victory over top-of-the-table Dawson Valley Drovers.
The loss was the Drovers' first of the Capricornia Rugby season.
While the result at Marley Brown Oval appeared to be an upset on paper, Goats deserved to win after a series of positive performances over previous weeks.
The 29-point victory is the Goats' third win in four games and all but assures the side of finals football with two games and a bye left before the finals begin in mid-August.
Usual suspects David West and Paul Tema displayed the type of form that got them selected for the Queensland Country Heelers, while fill-in Fijian flyer Viliame Naivalu also put in an eye-catching display for the Goats.
The Goats were fortunate to be locked up at 8-8 at half-time after their lineout and scrum failed to click during the opening 40 minutes.
"There was a few things we were disappointed in during the first half,” Goats coach Sam Carey said.
"Our set pieces weren't performing as well as we would have liked. I don't think we won any of our lineouts in the first half and our scrum started to get a bit dominated.
"That was hindering us in being able to put more points on the board.”
However, the Goats came out a different side in the second stanza with their key players stepping up to help the side pile on four unanswered tries and seal a bonus point.
"It was hard to go by David West. In big games like that you want those players standing up and him and Paul Tema certainly did that,” Carey added.
Gladstone take on Cap Coast at home this weekend before a Round 15 bye and a final-round clash against Drovers.
Gladstone Goats 37 (David West 2, Viliame Naivalu, George Kupu, Paul Tema tries; David West 2 cons, 2 pens, George Kupu con) defeated Dawson Valley Drovers 8 at Marley Brown Oval. Half-time 8-8.