Late doubles seal win for Valleys
VALLEYS under-20s defeated a depleted Brothers side 30-18 in the Challenge Cup minor semi-final on Saturday at Marley Brown Oval.
After dropping last week's local league grand final to the Fish, Valleys got their revenge with a dominant second half display in which they scored 26 of their 30 points.
Valleys coach Joe Hayward praised the efforts of the undermanned Brothers who fell away late in the match.
“They made it hard for themselves playing with 13 players. But full credit to Fish, they're a good bunch of kids; they're coached well and they'll be good the next couple of years.”
Valleys will now play CQU North in the grand final qualifier next week in Rockhampton, with the winner to play Rockhampton Brothers in the grand final.
“All year our goal was to make the extended league final and I think we sort of didn't take the local league as seriously as we should have,” Hayward said.
“We've got a few injuries we have about five or six out now so we'll see how we go, but we've beaten both of those sides by 50 this year.”
With the half-time score locked at four-all, Valleys and Brothers exchanged two tries apiece to make the score 14-14 with 15 minutes remaining.
Finally Brothers succumbed to fatigue and allowed Valleys' Michael White and Nathan Millard to score late doubles and seal victory.
The destructive White had a phenomenal game in which he broke the line at will and proved a handful for Brothers' backs and forwards alike.