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TRL Wrap: Round 14

Andrew O'Brien - Toowoomba Rugby League QRL Correspondent

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Valleys Roosters V Gatton Hawks

Valleys hosted Gatton in the Toowoomba Sports Club Match of the day at Herb Steinohrt Oval. The Roosters paceman, Travis Turnbull, and Aaron Sillitoe scored tries within the first seven minutes of the game to get the Roosters to an impressive start 12-0 but the game did settle down and Shannon Hicks grabbed a four pointer after 21 minutes to get the Hawks back in the game 12-6.

Dylan Chown and Sillitoe stretched Valleys lead to 20-6 with impressive tries and they went to the break in control of the match.

After the break, Steven Rodgers scored for Valleys with a bulldozing run to get the Roosters to 26-6. The Hawks mounted a mini-comeback when experienced players Dennis Burgoyne and Dom Haak crossed for soft tries to get the Hawks within eight points.

Player of the match Hnaloan Budden scored his double to put the game beyond doubt and Gatton’s Lachlan Gorman scored a consolation try just before the full-time hooter sounded.

The Roosters were very impressive but Gatton did show they are still a chance in this competition with some enterprising football.

The Hawks entered the game without stars Callum Woolacott and Billy Jackwitz but played effectively.

The Roosters speed and game plan won them the day. Coach Brett Seymour and Liam Capewell combined well to lead their side around the park with Turnbull, Sillitoe and Chown taking full advantage. Throw in Hnaloan Budden and you have a very nice win.

Valleys have a well-deserved break next round, whilst Gatton host Highfields.

A GRADE: Valleys 38 (Hnaloan Budden 2,Aaron Sillitoe 2, Travis Turnbull , Dylan Chown, Steven Rodgers tries; Travis Turnbull 3, Brett Seymour 2 goals) defeated Gatton 22 (Shannon Hicks, Dennis Burgoyne, Lachlan Gorman, Dom Haak tries; Shannon Hicks 3 goals)

RESERVE GRADE: Gatton 20 drew with Valleys 20

UNDER 18: Valleys 46 defeated Gatton 6

SECOND DIVISION: Gatton 22 defeated Valleys 6

Oakey Bears V Wattles Warriors

Wattles warriors scored a 44-10 win over Oakey Bears on Saturday night in Oakey. The Warriors skipped to a 30-0 lead at half time. Oakey put up a better showing in the second half but the damage was already done.

Josh Henry was one of Wattles best whilst Josh Robinson and Aaron Cherry tried hard for the bears.

A GRADE: Wattles 44 (Braydon Wilson, Ty Gardner ,Ryan Duggan, Brodie Frizzell, Jackson Green, Josh Henry, Joe Morris, Michael Pearson tries; Josh Henry 6 goals) defeated Oakey 10 (Aaron Cherry, Josh Robinson tries; Ezzard Beard goal)

RESERVE GRADE: Wattles 76 defeated Oakey 12

UNDER 18: Oakey 36 defeated Wattles 10

Pittsworth V Brothers

Pittsworth Danes returned to the winner’s circle this week with a resounding win over Brothers at Pittsworth on Saturday night. Danes five-eighth Thomas O’Sullivan was Pittsworth’s best and was ably assisted by James Dempsey.

The Danes scored 10 tries to Brothers two and dominated for long periods. They led 32-0 at halftime and went on with it in the second half.

Brothers toiled hard but were unable to continue their recent competitive form.

A GRADE Pittsworth 54 (Thomas O’Sullivan 2, Braydon Gibbs, Alex Kahler, Kabu Kofe, Jacob Little, Jordan O’Shea, Tim Phipps, Alex Sinclair, Daniel York tries; Alex Sinclair 7 goals) defeated Brothers 8 (Koby Cubby, Alex McErlean tries)

RESERVE GRADE: Brothers 40 defeated Pittsworth 22

UNDER 18: Pittsworth 32 defeated Brothers 28

SECOND DIVISION: Pittsworth 40 defeated Brothers 16

Dalby Diehards V Warwick Cowboys

The Dalby Diehards had a solid 24 points to nil win over an undermanned but very brave Warwick Cowboys. The PNG contingent were responsible for all of Dalby’s points with winger Shaun Wickham crossing for a hat-trick. His brother Eli and Alex Ambia and Steve Franciscus also crossed for four pointers. Most pleasing for the Dalby team would be keeping their line intact. Not so pleasing is their goal-kicking effort with a none from five over four different kickers and the Diehards will be sweating on the return from Europe of Zac Morris.

A GRADE: Dalby 24 (Shaun Wickham 3 Eli Wickham, Steve Franciscus, Alex Ambia tries) defeated Warwick 0

RESERVE GRADE: Dalby 32 V Warwick 16

UNDER 18: Dalby 22 v Warwick 20

SECOND DIVISION: Dalby 40 Warwick 22

Souths Tigers V Goondiwindi Boars

The Southern Suburbs Tigers have kept their season alive and will continue to walk the tightrope after a comprehensive win over Goondiwindi at Clive Berghofer Stadium. Souths took some time to shake off a determined Goondiwindi effort before they ran away with the game in the second half. Tom Landers was again effective for the Tigers and ran in two tries. Jack Henningsen also chipped in with a double. Souths have leapfrogged Warwick into seventh spot and next week they take on cross-town rivals, Brothers, and a win against the Brethren could see them move into a top-six position.

A GRADE: Souths 46 (Tom Landers 2, Luke Nolan, Sam Cocker, Jack Henningsen 2, Dwayne Duncan, Josh Ryan tries; Luke Nolan 1, Dwayne Duncan 5 goals) defeated Goondiwindi 22 (Will Carter 2, Brandon Sharpley 2 tries; Jarrod Dwyer 2, John Goodfellow goals)

RESERVE GRADE: Souths 48 V Goondiwindi 0

UNDER 18: Souths 48 V Goondiwindi 10

LADDER- A Grade : Dalby 22, Valleys 22, Pittsworth 18, Highfields 18, Wattles 14, Gatton 14, Souths 12, Warwick 12, Brothers 4, Oakey 2, Goondiwindi 2,

Ladder- Reserve Grade : Gatton 23, Valleys 18, Dalby 18, Highfields 15, Souths 14, Brothers 14, , Warwick 12, Wattles 12, Pittsworth 10, Goondiwindi 2, Oakey 2

Ladder – Under 18 : Dalby 24, Valleys 22, Souths 22, Warwick 21, South Burnett 19, Highfields 16, Goondiwindi 12, Gatton 12, Pittsworth 11, Brothers 5, Oakey 2, Wattles 2.

Ladder – Second Division : Gatton 14, Pittsworth 10, Warwick 8, Dalby 6, Brothers 4, Valleys 0.