The Boars A Grade didn’t play this week but there was still plenty of league action.
Pittsworth Danes V Valleys Roosters
The first clash of two undefeated sides in the Toowoomba Rugby League season. Valleys travelled to Danes territory and started the game very well with two quick tries to Front Rower Steven Rodger and Fullback Dylan Chown respectively and before Pittsworth knew it. It was 12-0 to the Roosters after 7 minutes. To contribute to the Danes start, they did not touch the ball until the 10th minute.
The game did settle down as Pittsworth eventually did have some possession. Then, once the Danes looked threatening, Enter; Valleys fullback, Dylan Chown in the 29th minute. Pittsworth kicked into the Roosters in goal area. Chown gathered the ball and ran through the entire Danes side to score a length of the field to score the Toowoomba Sports Club play of the day award. .
This play, demoralised the Danes and they never recovered. The half time score was 18-0. Brett Seymour was excellent. He showed he was not just there to direct traffic. His defence led the way and he won the Hutchies player of the round.
In the second half, Roosters were camped a long time on their own try line and Kabu Kofe finally crossed for Pittsworth in the 63rd minute.
Steve Rodgers capped off an impressive game scoring a good team try 3 minutes from the end to stamp Valleys mark of the 2017 Toowoomba Rugby League competition.
Rodgers and Seymour played very well for Valleys with Nathan Simpson and Dylan Chown surprised the 2016 premiers.
Pittsworth had no answers for Valleys’ attack and defence. They did show glimpses of the reason they won the 2016 premiership. They will need to improve and quickly as they play Dalby next round. Whereas Valleys will be confident going into next round’s clash against Highfields.
A GRADE Valleys 30 (Steven Rodgers 2, Dylan Chown 2, Nathan Simpson tries Emmanuel Cerei 5 goals) defeated Pittsworth 4 (Kabu Kofe try) defeated
RESERVE GRADE: Valleys 34 defeated Pittsworth 18
UNDER 18: Valleys 44 defeated Pittsworth 20
Highfields Eagles V Oakey Bears
Highfields kept their excellent form going with a comprehensive win over last start winners Oakey at Kuhls Road on Saturday night. St George product Charlie Adams scored three tries in Aaron Hooper’s absence whilst the Bainbridge boys scored four tries between them.
The Bears toiled well against a fairly “hot” team at the moment.
A GRADE: Highfields 56 ( Charlie Adams 3, Josh Bainbridge 2 , Nick Bainbridge 2,Cooper Bowyer, Sean Hamel, Luke Hile, tries Jarred Lee 8 goals) defeated.Oakey 0
RESERVE GRADE : Highfields 34 defeated Oakey 22
UNDER 18:Highfields 62 d. Oakey 12, South Burnett 46 d. Goondiwindi 8
Souths Tigers V Dalby Diehards
As the fog settled in at Clive Berghofer stadium. Everyone, including the supporters had just finished, familiarised themselves with identifying the humans on the field. That was until more fog poured in. The poor conditions did not deter the quality of this game. Souths completed 16 from 16 sets in the first half but found themselves behind at half time 18-12. The Tigers led 12-6 after 30 minutes but tries to Zac Morris and a 40th minute match turning point try to Mitchell Taylor turned the tide for the Diehards.
In the second half, the match remained high quality with Souths having the majority of possession but they could not crack the TRL’s best defensive team until the 63rd minute when Souths hooker Tyrell McCullough scored to make it 18-18. But just after Souths had spent a good amount of time to finally get a try, the Diehards scored courtesy of Corey Blades to make the score 22-18. It was one of not many opportunities Dalby took in the second half.
The amazing part was the low mistake rate in slippery conditions. Both teams are to be congratulated. Both Hookers Danny Wassell and Tyrell McCullough won respective players of the match and they needed to be good given limited ball to the team’s backlines.
Dalby’s Jason Wardrop worked tirelessly in defence whilst Daniel Holmes was again inspirational as was Jacob Whittaker for the Tigers.
A GRADE: Dalby 22 (Jason Wardrop. Chris Wilkes, Corey Blades, Zac Morris tries Zac Morris Witt 3 goals) defeated Souths 18 (Dwayne Duncan, Tyrell McCullough, Luke Nolan tries Luke Nolan 3 goals)
RESERVE GRADE: Dalby 28 defeated Souths 16
UNDER 18: Souths 22 defeated Dalby 12
Wattles Warriors V Brothers
Injury riddled Wattles accounted for a lacklustre Brothers side at Platz Oval on Saturday night. Wattles led 16-6 at halftime but ran away with the match in second half. Wattles have been impressive without key players and will be happy with their performance against a competitive Brothers outfit.
A GRADE: Wattles 44 (Ryan Duggan 2 Jamie Abbas 2, Michael Pearson, Jackson Green, Braydon Wilson, Ty Gardner, James Johnson tries Ryan Duggan 4 goals) defeated Brothers 6 (Mitchell Betros tries Jaren Bender goal)
RESERVE GRADE: Brothers 22 defeated Wattles 14
UNDER 18: Brothers 44 defeated Wattles 12
Gatton Hawks V Warwick Cowboys
Warwick Cowboys returned to the winners list with a gutsy win against Gatton at Father Rangers Oval. Warwick were down 10-0 after 15 minutes until Dylan Galloway and Matt Marshall scored for the Cowboys to level the scores 10-10 at half time.
Gatton started the second half better than their rivals when form fullback Billy Jackwitz scored for the Hawks.
The game was a real arm wrestle. Joe Fuimaono grabbed a four pointer for the cowboys to get them within 2 points after 70 minutes 14-16.
The last ten minutes was an absolute war of attrition but Warwick captain Paul Cantwell put the cowboys in front for the first time in the match when he scored with a couple of minutes remaining.
Warwick hung on to win 20-16.
A GRADE: Warwick 20 (Dylan Galloway, Matt Marshall, Joe Fuimaono, Pail Cantwell tries Dan Watson 2 goals) defeated Gatton 16 (Callum Woolacott, Shannon Hicks, Billy Jackwitz tries Callum Woolacott 2 goals)
RESERVE GRADE : Gatton 46 defeated Warwick 20
UNDER 18: Warwick 52 defeated Gatton 16
SECOND DIVISION Gatton 46 defeated Warwick 10
LADDER- A Grade : Dalby 12, Valleys 12 Pittsworth 10, Highfields 10 Gatton 6, Wattles 6, Warwick 6. Brothers 4, Souths 2, Oakey 2, Goondiwindi 0,
Ladder- Reserve Grade : Gatton 12, Dalby 10, Valleys 9, Highfields 9, Wattles 8, Brothers 8, Souths 6, Warwick 4, Pittsworth 2 Goondiwindi 2, Oakey 0
Ladder – Under 18 : Dalby 12, Valleys 12, Souths 12, Warwick 10 South Burnett 8, Highfields 8, Goondiwindi 8, Brothers 5, Gatton 4, Pittsworth 3, Wattles 2. Oakey 0,
Ladder – Second Division : Gatton 8, Warwick 6, Pittsworth 4, Brothers 2, Dalby 2, Valleys 0