There were a couple of eye opening wins in the opening round of this year’s Hutchinson Builders Toowoomba Rugby League season.
In the first game of Gatton fell to Goondiwindi 32-24, whilst Warwick avenged their Barrett Shield defeat, defeating Wattles 22-18 in a physical battle.
Denzel Burns was impressive in his surprise return to Valleys, contributing to the Roosters’ 54-12 drubbing of Brothers whilst Dalby were equally as imposing, beating Pittsworth 50-10.
In the match of the round, Oakey claimed a refreshing first round win away from home, accounting for Souths 30-24.
Round 2 kicks off this weekend, and in the Toowoomba Sports Club Match of the Day, Wattles will be wanting to bounce back from last week’s defeat after a physical affair with Warwick, however face Highfields who are fresh having not laced a boot in Round 1.
The Eagles come into the match with a new halves and front row combination to join their experienced line-up but will be tested by the Warriors who will be stewing after letting the Cowboys get the better of them.
At Pittsworth, the Danes or Hawks will be guaranteed to get a stroke in the win column after both recorded first round losses.
The jury is out on Pittsworth at the moment with experienced coach Phil Economides calling all of his wealth of knowledge to rallies his troop for this one, especially with the Hawks down on confidence after losing all four grades last week.
It’s an important game for both Brothers and Souths this weekend with a rare win looming for one of these two sides – whoever can hold onto the footy will be the likely victors.
The grandstands in Dalby will be packed for the Diehards v Warwick.
Both teams recorded impressive wins last week and this game will allow both teams to measure themselves in this year’s TRL competition.
The last game on the card this week is the Hutchies Match of the Round between Oakey and Goondiwindi.
Despite disappointing seasons last year, both teams have a new coach and new focus.
Both clubs are coming off wins, but the key factors are the halves.
Another big factor will be the roaring home crowd the Bears will feed off.
All in all, there are some scintillating matchups in this week’s TRL competition, all expecting to provide some absolute rippers.