Cowboys one step closer to fifth grand final in 34 seasons
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Warwick Cowboys have gone one step closer to qualifying for their fifth grand final in 34 seasons of TRL A-grade.
Lock Sam Broomhall was players' player as the Cowboys beat Wattles 26-12 in the game between second and third in the first week of the finals on Sunday.
The TRL Player of the Final was Warwick prop Jarred Bradfield.
Winger Mitch Watson was outstanding under the high ball and with his kick returns for Warwick.
Cowboys coach Matt Grew said all season his team had been aiming for a top-three finish and two chances in the final.
"After the win against Wattles, we still have two chances to make the grand final,” he said.
"The whole 17 played well,” he said.
"Defence won us the game, our scrambling defence turned Wattles around even when they had two, three or four sets on our line.”
Wattles co-captain Dale Perkins said Warwick was better on the day.
"They played semi final footy better than we did,” he said.
"We didn't plan on playing sudden death footy just yet but it will be do or die each week. We weren't ourselves, we haven't play that badly since a loss in Gatton.”
Perkins rated centre Nick Van Der Poel and second rower Ty Gardner as the best for Wattles.
The good news for Wattles is the team sustained no injuries in the game so would be at full strength to play Dalby at 4pm Sunday.
Wattles had a win against Dalby at Clifton in the one clash this season.
"Semi final footy is a different beast, anything can happen. We have to show up with the right attitude,” Perkins said.
The Warwick win pits the Cowboys in the major semi-final against Valleys at 5.30pm Sunday with the winner qualifying for the September 8 grand final.
The Cowboys have not won a premiership in A-grade since 1988.
The winner of the minor semi-final between Wattles and Dalby will play the loser of the Warwick/Valleys game in the preliminary final on September 1.