Wallabys edge Seagulls in thriller
A BRUISING battle at Dennis Park headlined round three of the GDRL 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, 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 runner 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 their 32-10 loss to a young Brothers side and proved they’ll be no pushover in their debut season.
The Woori troubled the reigning premier, who fielded eight players under 20, with their speed across the park, making several line breaks that Brothers barely managed to cover.
A consistent kick chase and majority of possession helped Brothers maintain control of the game, but the 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 before 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 simply 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 score line 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 def Tannum Seagulls 22
Biloela 50 def Valleys 14
Brothers 32 def Woorabinda 10
Valleys 50 def Biloela 20
Brothers 50 def Calliope 8
Wallabys 14 def Tannum Seagulls 6