Upset win arms Clydesdales with confidence
THE Toowoomba Clydesdales will take plenty of confidence into their FOGS Colts match against the Wynnum Manly Seagulls this weekend, following their upset win over the ladder-leading Redcliffe Dolphins in round 20.
Coach Scott Hart said it was a great team performance which was inspired by the players looking to lift their game after their disappointing outing against the Devils.
We were all looking forward to playing Redcliffe after our loss to Norths the week prior, which really came about from our own errors and discipline putting pressure on ourselves, Hart said.
We knew if we (could) complete our sets and play the game in the Dolphins half; we had a great chance of winning our defence was the key to our win, our completion rate was up around 80% and our kicking game was good.
Our captain Hayden Lipp played strongly at fullback, I thought our forwards all played tough, we are not very big, but have plenty of goers, (forward) Luke Ash and (lock) Chris Gelhaar were good.
After seeing how well the team played for last weekends victory, Hart is confident his side can topple a top-ranked team two weeks in a row.
This week we play Wynnum, and like all games from here, we need to win to keep our semi-final hope alive, he said.
We are taking every game one at a time, but our goal is still the top five.
We have struggled at times during the season for consistency and have let a couple close games slip.
This week, we will be looking for the boys to lift again, we have a few injury concerns and Wynnum are very physical.
We need to play smart footy and defend with passion to give us any chance of winning.
In other results, an under-strength Tweed Heads Seagulls team went down 48-10 to the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles who consolidated their top five position.
Sam Wright and Alex Marango both crossed for doubles in the big win with the boot of Brett Doherty slotting over eight goals.
The Norths Devils also beat the Souths Logan Magpies by the same 48-10 margin, with Reece Daly and Harry Pondekas the players to secure doubles.
Easts were also big winners with Nathan Bassani and Brandon Downey scoring two tries each in their sides 40-10 result over the Burleigh Bears, with Downey also kicking six goals.
Wynnum Manly however got the two points in a close 24-20 win over Ipswich, with the Jets breaking this weekends pattern of the losing team scoring only 10 points.
In the FOGS Cup this weekend, there will only be two games, with Wynnum Manly hosting the Ipswich Jets and the ladder-leading Easts Tigers taking on the second-placed Norths Devils in what should be a tight game at Langlands Park.