Cowboys retain share of the lead in TRL A grade
RUGBY LEAGUE: Two 60m tries by Cowboys three-quarters Joe Fuimaono and Mitch Watson were worth the admission price alone as Warwick beat Highfields 34-10 in TRL A-grade at Father Ranger Oval.
The score was 10-all at halftime and for the second week running the Cowboys dominated the second half.
The first try in the second half was a run from 60m where Fuimaono sold a dummy to the Highfields defence, broke through and showed plenty of pace to score.
Midway through the half, it was Cowboys winger Mitch Watson who used his size, evasive ability and speed to beat four defenders in a 60m run to the line.
The win wasn't all about brilliant backs, forwards Coen Martin-Brown and Josh Cruice also scored tries with determined runs close to the line in the second half.
Warwick Cowboys coach Matt Grew said his side made too many mistakes in the first half.
"We came out in the second half, completed our sets and outmuscled Highfields,” he said.
While last season is a distant past, the win shows the form the Cowboys are in as they went down to Highfields in the first round of the finals last season.
Grew rated fullback Craig Donn as his best on Sunday at Father Ranger Oval.
With hooker Ben Sullivan and half Paul Cantwell both out, Grew used Mitch McMahon as starting hooker and moved Matt Marshall to halfback.
After the Fuimaono try, Warwick led 16-10 but dropped the ball in their own quarter giving Highfields a great chance to score.
The visitors didn't look like scoring and even with a repeat set, Warwick showed they have no intention of leaking a try.
Those 12 tackles proved to the Cowboys players on the field and the crowd that the Warwick A-grade class of 2019 is no ordinary team.
Warwick scored three tries to two to win reserve grade 14-12.
The Cowboys went down 26-12 in the under-18 game and also lost to Texas in second division to give the home side two wins from four games.
Warwick is away to Souths on Saturday in Toowoomba and then hosts Valleys on June 15 in what is certain to be a key game in determining finalists for the Madsen Rasmussen Trophy, the game between the leaders after the first round of 11 weeks of footy.
Wattles and Warwick maintain their joint lead of the A-grade competition.
A grade: Warwick 34 (Josh Cruice 2, Mitch Watson, Joe Fuimaono, Craig Donn, Coen Martin-Brown tries, Matt Marshall 5 goals) d Highfields 10.
Reserve grade: Warwick 14 (Jordyn Hogden, Lance McGrady, Cruise Martin-Brown tries, Raymond Duroux goal) d Highfields 12
Under 18: Highfields 26 d Warwick 12 (Matt Henry, Tom Bell tries, Jack Speed 2 goals)
Second division: Texas 22 d Warwick 16.