Wallabys win by a nose
A BRUISING battle at Dennis Park headlined round three of the Gladstone District Rugby League, as Wallabys ran out 26-22 winners over a belligerent Tannum Seagulls.
Wallabys came out firing in the opening 20 minutes and their persistent pressure and physical presence was rewarded with first points.
After a sluggish start to the match, Seagulls' halfback Chris Bax kicked into gear and guided his troops to within eight points for a 14-6 half-time scoreline.
Seagulls fought valiantly to keep in touch throughout the second half but were unable to overcome their poor start and fell four points short of last year's runners-up.
“It was a cracker of a game and it was a bit fiery. There were some big hits and both sides would have come away thinking that was a game-and-a-half,” Seagulls president Mick Kearney said.
Across town at Calliope, Woorabinda showed true grit in its 32-10 loss to a young Brothers team and proved it will be no pushover in its debut season.
The Woori troubled the reigning premiers – who fielded eight players younger than 20 – with their speed across the park, making several line breaks that Brothers barely managed to cover.
A consistent kick-chase and the majority of possession helped Brothers maintain control of the game, but Woori posed a constant threat and closed the gap to six points midway through the second half.
Trailing by 10 points with 15 minutes to play, Woorabinda looked a chance of an upset, but Brothers kicked away with three late tries to register a flattering 22-point win.
Dean Jones and Jayden Taylor both crossed twice for Brothers in a match coach Mick Cartwright was happy to get away with.
“They're very fast and they troubled us a bit with their pace,” he said. “We set out to make them do as much work as possible by holding the ball and making them work out of their end with our kicking game, which probably took its toll on them in the end.
“The scoreline probably wasn't a true indication of the game. It was pretty tight most of the way before we kicked away in the last 15 minutes.”
In the other match of the round Biloela walloped Valleys 50-14.
Wallabys 26 Tannum 22
Biloela 50 Valleys 14
Brothers 32 Woorabinda 10
Valleys 50 Biloela 20
Brothers 50 Calliope 8
Wallabys 14 Tannum 6