Souths pip Hawks in nail biter

Take a look at the match reviews from across Round 6 in the Toowoomba Rugby League competition.

Souths 23 def Gatton 22
Souths remained undefeated on Saturday night when they travelled to Gatton to take on the Hawks in front of a huge local crowd. In an absolute cliff hanger. The Tigers won courtesy of a Luke Nolan field goal with five minutes remaining.

The Hawks started the game well when Callum Woolacott swooped on a lose Souths ball to sprint away to score under the posts. Then, in-form fullback Corey Blades showed his speed to firstly, set up centre Josh Ryan to score out wide, then Blades ran 70m to get the competition leaders 12-6 in the blink of an eye.

Fullback Tye Gray got the Hawks within two points 12-10 after Gatton replied with some good team work.  The game settled down coming up to the break and as we have seen in many games, either side of the half is crucial and Souths second rower Lachlan Telford grabbed a four pointer right on the half time bell. Luke Nolan missed the relative easy attempt and the Tigers went to the sheds with a 16-10 half time lead.

Souths maintained their momentum when Josh Gordon scored for the Tigers to grab lead 22-10. Enter form forward Francis Han who barged over beside the posts to get the Hawks with a converted try. Then Gatton Hooker Daniel Marsh weved his magic to put centre Cameron Nicholls in out wide untouched. Woolacott had the conversion from the sideline. The touchies were undecided, but the ref gave the extra two points to level the scores 22-22 with 20 minutes remaining.

The game saw both sides not complete their sets and the last 20 mins was no different. Gatton had most of the ball in the last stanza, but Souths probably used it more effectively at the right time and that was at the 75th minutes when Luke Nolan potted a field goal from 35 metres out. 

Gatton tried hard to snatch the game in the closing stages but to no avail. Souths best were captain coach Daniel Holmes, Luke Nolan and Corey Blades whilst Daniel Marsh, Robbie Fletcher and Alex Ambia performed well for the Hawks.

Souths 23 (Josh Ryan, Corey Blades, Josh Gordon, Lachlan Telford tries Luke Nolan 3 goals 1 field goal) defeated Gatton 22 (Callum Woolacott, Tye Gray, Francis Han, Cameron Nicholls tries Callum Woolacott 3 goals)

Reserve Grade: Gatton 44 defeated Souths 10
Rocky’s Own Transport reserve grade consolidated their position in the top three of the competition with a win over Souths. Cliffy Brown and Bruce Milson polished off their fine games with doubles whilst James Woods and the Hawthorn brothers played well for the Hawks. Cody Schmidt dislocated his shoulder, but is expected to be back in a couple of weeks against Goondiwindi.

Under 18: Border 40 defeated Gatton 10
For the first time this season, the Young Hawks had the full complement of players. They played a Border League Under 18 side and were competitive for most of the match.

Second Division:

Gatton 32 defeated Souths 22
Gatton also dominated Second Division with a resounding win over the Tigers. Todd Bichel again pressed for higher selection whilst Zac Linde was one of Gatton’s best

Pittsworth 42 def Wattles 28
Pittsworth travelled to neighbours Wattles on Saturday night and were given a fright by the Warriors. Wattles led 12-10 at half time and went on with it when they led 28-20 with 15 minutes remaining.

Wattles lost lock Nick Morris (concussion) midway through the first half and rep forward Dale Perkins again dislocated his shoulder late in the game. Irrespective, the Warriors made their home crowd happy by being in the game right up to their eyeballs.

Pittsworth, courtesy of Mitchell Carpenter and Daniel York finished the better scoring four unanswered tries to take the game 42-28.

The game was fairly scrappy with both sides missing opportunities. Jason Wilmott and Brendan Wilson tried hard for Wattles, in the end, they could not outlast the Danes who cemented their position at the top of the ladder. Pittsworth Lock Daniel York was instrumental in the victory with Captain Matthew Briggs bagging two tries in a tireless effort. York also grabbed a double as did five eight Thomas O’Sullivan.

Coach Ian Brackstone said his team were a bit down on attitude but said we have to be better coming into some games tough games against Highfields and Warwick in the coming weeks.

Pittsworth 42 (Daniel York 2, Matthew Briggs 2, Thomas O’Sullivan 2, Brayden Gibbs, Braydon Wilson tries Jake Johnston 3, Thomas O’Sullivan 2 goals) defeated Wattles 28 (James Johnson, Max Somes, Joseph Morris, Bennett Sutton, Cameron Shannon tries Jason Wilmott 4 goals)

Reserve Grade: Pittsworth 34 def Wattles 22

Under 18:            Pittsworth 34 def Wattles 22
Valleys 26 def South Burnett White 16

Warwick 24 def Highfields 22
The Warwick Cowboys snatched a vital win to stay level on top of the table with Pittsworth and Souths. Warwick Cowboys needed to show the competition they were “the real thing” in the TRL competition. They did not disappoint in an amazing display.

Both teams played very well and a draw was probably then more deserving result. Certainly the visitors came to play and scored four tries to three in the first half with only one being converted whilst Highfields scored three converted tries to level the scores at 18 all at the break.

Halves for both teams kept turning the opposition around. The Lee brothers for the Eagles and Cantwell and McIvor for the Cowboys probably stamped each other out in the closest of matches this season.

It took ages to break the deadlock until Highfields halfback Jarrod Lee running onto a pass from Jake Cooley to make the score 22-18 with approximately 15 minutes remaining.

The wrestle in the ruck seemed to be the most important contest in the game and Warwick were given an opportunity when Highfields kicked out on the full with 2 minutes remaining to give the Cowboys a sniff.

They did not disappoint when Joe Fuimaono went wide to link up with his outside backs to let winger Brodie Quirk make crucial yards. The Cowboys settled the next two tackles then swung it wide to let Quirk continue his good lead up work to score in the corner to level the scores 22-22 right on full time.

Morgan Taylor had the kick to snatch victory from the sideline. It looked an ugly kick, but it was enough for the Warwick Cowboys to secure the win and remain on top of the TRL ladder.

Warwick 24 (Dylan Galloway 2, Brodie Quirk, Joe Fuimaono, Dan Watson tries Morgan Taylor 2 goals) defeated Highfields 22 (Jarred Lee, Blake Appo, Steven Lee, Matt Prowse tries Jarred Kee 3 goals)

Reserve Grade: Warwick 16 def Highfields 12

Under 18: Warwick 38 def Highfields 22

Dalby 84 def Goondiwindi 0
Dalby completed outclassed Goondiwindi at Dalby on Sunday afternoon. Mitchell Taylor scored four unanswered tries for Dalby with fullback Campbell Stewart and Krause Turner scored hat tricks for the Diehards.

Dalby 84 (Mitchell Taylor 4, Krause Turner 3, Campbell Stewart 3, Zac Morris 2, Sam Thomasson, Brent Hunt, Tom Boland. Tom Hine tries Zac Morris 6, Dylan Taylor 2, Brent Hunt goals) defeated Goondiwindi 0

Reserve Grade: Dalby 34 def Goondiwindi 10

Under 18: Goondiwindi 22 def Dalby 20