Obee's TRL Preview: Round 7

There are some great games this week in the Toowoomba Rugby League for Round 7.

The top-of-the-table clash between Pittsworth and Valleys holds the spotlight and rightly so, but Souths v Dalby will be interesting as will Warwick v Gatton.

Wattles, Brothers, Souths and Warwick are desperate for a win as the season is getting away on them.

ROUND 7 FIXTURES

Warwick Cowboys v Gatton Hawks
6.30pm Saturday, May 13
Trevor Mickleborough Oval Warwick

Warwick’s completion rate was excellent in the first half last week against Highfields which makes me think that coach Craig Mullaly has got his team thinking about their season.
Still, the performance was better than the week before.
The Hawks were excellent for 65 minutes last week, but still showed their lapses in concentration.
Billy Jackwitz was wonderful and his clash with Dylan Galloway will be worth the entry fee alone.
The Cowboys will not be wanting to repeat their last home game disaster, but still Gatton for me.

Southern Suburbs Tigers v Dalby Diehards
6.30pm Saturday, May 13
Clive Berghofer Stadium Toowoomba

You could have blown me over with a feather when Nutz told me the one Daniel Holmes was on the team sheet. He played quite well last week and his team also performed well.
The Tigers will certainly be a formidable opponent for the Dalby machine, while the Diehards have had the best start by any team in the TRL for some time.
They average just under 50 points a game and under six points a game in defence. Need I say more?
Dalby to win in preparation for their big clashes in the coming weeks.

The Obee and Cookie Call will be live from 5.30pm.

Wattles Warriors v Brothers Leprechauns
6.30pm Saturday, May 13
Platz Oval Clifton

I bet these two teams seem like they are deep into the season.
They both have headaches but the club that dusts themselves off and stands up will win this match.
Believe it or not, they are still within sight of the finals given it is early in the year.
Both need to settle on combinations and quickly to reignite their season.
I’m tipping the Wattles to win at home.

Pittsworth Danes v Valleys Roosters
Hutchies Match of the Round
2.30pm Sunday, May 14
Club Pittsworth

The TRL season has been waiting patiently for one of these three undefeated sides to play each other and that day has finally come.
A seasoned Danes outfit had the luxury of a couple of weeks off and should be raring to go in front of a big crowd.
This top of the table clash will be a game of different styles.
Valleys love throwing the ball from side to side whereas Pittsworth pride themselves on no mistake footy.
I am looking forward the matchup between Cameron Millar and Nathan Bowering. They are two of the best hookers in the comp.
Each side’s bench could go a long way to deciding the game. Valleys’ bench players Reggie Munn and Oliver Scott were great last week, but they will have players like Bradley Brosnan to deal with.
Danes’ James Dempsey and Roosters’ Brett Seymour are fighting against time to be fit.
Irrespective, this is first in a period of three to four weeks where the top sides mix it up. 
I’m tipping the Danes by a whisker!

The Obee and Cookie Call will be live from 1.30pm.

Highfields Eagles v Oakey Bears
2.30pm Sunday, May 14
Kuhls Road Recreation Centre Highfields

From all accounts, the Highfields Eagles played their best game of the season last weekend.
Their completion rate was first class and my spies tell me the players were jumping out of their skin.
They will be ready for the Bears who are coming off their first win in two years.
Both teams are motivated and I suspect Highfields coach Gus McKellar will be discussing his side’s poor performance against Goondiwindi a few weeks ago whereas I’m sure Aaron Cherry and his men will take a nothing to lose attitude.
This game should be good to watch, but still it’s Eagles for me.

Follow all of the Round 7 action on the Toowoomba Rugby League website.