The juggernaut that is the Wattles Warriors side in 2014, continued on its merry way on Saturday night with a resounding 44-10 victory over the reigning premiers and 2014 Madsen-Rasmussen Trophy holders the Gatton Hawks.
Once again halfback Matthew Duggan led the way with a trio of touch downs. The 2013 player of the year stands head and shoulders above any half in the competition and will be pivotal in the Warriors quest for the title.
Souths Tigers bounced back to form with a convincing 28-4 victory over the in-form Valleys Roosters. The win capped off a superb day for the club with the old boys clash a great boost for crowd numbers and bar takings.
Dalby maintained third position on the ladder with a 26-24 win over the Highfields Eagles. The Warwick Cowboys continued their good form with a 44-18 trouncing of the understrength Pittsworth Danes at Pittsworth. The Brothers Leprechauns remain anchored to the bottom of the ladder suffering a 46-20 defeat by the Oakey Bears.
This weekend the Warwick Cowboys will clash with the Souths Tigers at Father Ranger oval on Saturday night. This surely is a litmus test for the Cowboys to see how far they have come in the last few weeks.
The Cowboys have posted good wins against lower rated sides but now have to show they can beat a genuine top five side. If the first round clash is any indicator the Cowboys will give their all but I think may just fall short.
The Wattles Warriors should account for Brothers. The Dalby Diehards, desperate to maintain third spot on the ladder, will be keen to overcome the Pittsworth Danes at Dalby.
The Valleys Roosters prospects of making the final five could hinge on the clash against Gatton at Gatton with both sides keen to redeem themselves after last start losses.
The Oakey Bears will be out to extend Highfields run of losses in the local clash with both sides needing to win. The weekend results may well clear up some of the congestion on the competition ladder with some sides losing touch with the top five.