Valleys step in right direction for season proper
RUGBY LEAGUE: Gladstone Valleys have received a huge confidence booster ahead of the Rockhampton Rugby League extended competition after stunning trial match performance against Brisbane Valleys.
Valleys of the Gladstone variety beat its higher-ranked counterparts 28-22 in a match that fitted a semi-final billing in Brisbane on Saturday night.
"Mate, it was a sensational win and one for the ages,” Gladstone Valleys coach Shaun Hobson said.
"No-one held back and the game ebbed and flowed.”
Brisbane Valleys led by six points in a game that was split into four 20-minutes quarters.
In the final quarter the men from Gladstone over-ran their opponents with Dayne Richards' superb defence prevented Brisbane from scoring two tries that could have tipped the result going the other way.
"Les Nicholson at lock and Amani Tofaeono were great for us and Barry Blackman scored three tries and he was involved in a number of others,” Hobson said.
"He's a dual registered player for us and the Capras.”
Brisbane Valleys play a level down from the Queensland Cup competition and Hobson said there was an area that stood out.
"We only completed 40 per cent of our sets against Capras under-20s the week previously, but against Brisbane it was much better at 70 per cent,” Hobson said.
"Considering their fitness and the level of footy they play in, we were always confident.
"Our combinations worked well and that laid the foundations to complete more sets.
"It was certainly a game that had some meaning.”
Hobson understood that it was just a trial match, but the win may have just unearthed a surprise packet in the Rockhampton extended rugby league competition.