William Button takes a good tackle from the Wallabys at the reserve grade Tannum Seagulls versus Wallabys game at Marley Brown Oval, Gladstone.
William Button takes a good tackle from the Wallabys at the reserve grade Tannum Seagulls versus Wallabys game at Marley Brown Oval, Gladstone. Brenda Strong

Wallabys clinch spot in final

A LAST-gasp length-of-the-field intercept try by Mick Duncan helped Wallabys reserves to a 32-28 win over Tannum Seagulls.

The win in a nail-biting end to the vital match ensured Wallabys a cherished berth in next week’s reserve grade grand final against Brothers.

Tannum Seagulls came from behind to lead with six minutes remaining, before Duncan snatched up a wild pass and ran 90m for his second long-range solo try of the game.

An exhausted but satisfied Duncan was swarmed by elated team-mates amid a massive roar from the Marley Brown crowd for his apt finish to an exhilarating game.

Wallabys scored seven tries to Tannum’s five but poor goal kicking allowed Tannum to stay in touch throughout the match, thanks to the accuracy of Shaun Minton.

The opening was lopsided, with Wallabys scoring three early tries to lead 12-0.

The only blemishes on their performance was an inability to convert from in front of the posts and several errors when receiving kick-offs.

Tannum fought back to be within four points at half-time, but Wallabys rallied to reach a 26-18 lead midway through the second half.

Two tries in quick succession, to Tannum fullback Ben Muller and lock Adrian Jenkinson, put the Seagulls in front for the first time at 28-26, but the rest, as they say, is history.

Alby Dunnett, Andrew Lockwood and Jamie McKay all crossed the line for Wallabys, while prop Will Raine and the magical Mick Duncan picked up doubles.

Ben Muller, Todd Williams, Scott Bates, Adrian Jenkinson and Adam Goldsworthy were Tannum’s tryscorers, with Minton kicking four goals.

The absence of a specialist goalkicker in the Wallabys line-up looms as an impediment to their success next week, and will need to be addressed before the grand final encounter.

Wallabys will take on their nemesis Brothers in the grand final next weekend at Marley Brown Oval.



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