Pressure builds as finals approach
The Toowoomba Rugby league season for 2014 has four rounds to go before the finals commence.
The final standings of the last four positions of the final five are no clearer after the results of round 14.
The one certainty is Wattles have sealed the minor premiership but the next four positions are up for grabs. Souths, Warwick and Dalby all sit on 17 points and share second position with only differentials separating the three sides.
Last year’s premiers Gatton sit fifth after some unexpected losses in the last fortnight just a point behind.
To win the Toowoomba premiership history shows you must finish in the top three, especially using a final five system which dispatches the lowest placed loser each week. The battle for the remaining spots is intriguing and maybe this round will clear up the confusion.
In round 15 this weekend Oakey will play Southern Suburbs at home, with the Tigers favoured to overcome the dangerous Bears.
The Valleys Roosters will travel to Warwick on Saturday night to attempt to upset the big improvers of the competition. This game will give the Cowboys an opportunity to gauge their progress with the Roosters unlikely to qualify for the finals but probably the best side in the competition outside of the final five.
Gatton clash with Dalby at Dalby on Saturday night in a vital match for both side’s title aspirations.
The reigning premiers have hit a significant mid-season form slump losing their last three competition matches whilst Dalby continue to be hot and cold from week to week. I expect Gatton to awake from their mid-season slumber and get back on track by posting a win over their higher placed rivals.
Brothers take on Pittsworth at home searching for their maiden victory of the season. I think the Danes will be too strong.
The Highfields Eagles will be looking to salvage some pride from the season when they take on ladder leaders the Wattles Warriors. Wattles will be keen to maintain their winning streak against a side capable but down on confidence. The Warriors should win.