Roosters hold tight in gritty reserves victory
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Calliope Roosters held on for a gutsy 30-28 victory over Gladstone Valleys in Round 9 of the Rockhampton Rugby League reserves competition.
Valleys held a 22-6 lead heading into the final 10 minutes of the first half before tries to halfback Gavin Nicholas and prop Mohi Andersen closed the gap for the Roosters, seeing them trail by only four points at the break.
Both sides traded tries to begin the second stanza before a try in the corner to winger Ray Anno locked the scoreboard up with 16 minutes remaining.
Roosters five-eighth Chad Gilmour nailed a tough conversion from out wide to hand Calliope a two-point lead, which they held until the final whistle.
Nicholas, who scored two tries and made a try-saving tackle during the second half, was pleased with his side's performance but noted that improvement was needed.
"We probably should have done a bit better,” Nicholas said.
"We made it a bit hard for ourselves with completing sets so we need to improve on that.
"The boys dug really deep in defence and held on there in the end which was really good.”
While Nicholas wanted to downplay his contribution on the day, he named back-rower Tommy Robinson as one of the Roosters best performers.
"He had a blinder so he's probably the pick for me - he tried his heart out,” he said.
Meanwhile, Rockhampton Brothers trounced Wallabys by 24 points in the other RRL reserves match on at Marley Brown Oval.
Rocky Brothers led 12-0 at half-time but piled on a further 28 points in the second half to keep the Wallabys at bay.
Wallabys scored three tries in the second half but never looked like troubling the visitors.