BACK: Matt Duggan, of Wattles, will return from injury in the game against Oakey on Sunday at Platz Oval.
BACK: Matt Duggan, of Wattles, will return from injury in the game against Oakey on Sunday at Platz Oval. Kevin Farmer

Duggan returns for crucial Sunday home game

RUGBY LEAGUE: The return of half Matt Duggan has boosted the Wattles' team in the run-up to a key A-grade home game against Oakey at Platz Oval on Sunday.

The Wattles team is back to full strength with the bye and two-week break being advantageous for players to recover from niggling injuries.

There is a three-way battle for the top-two in A-grade with Valleys leading by one point from Wattles and Warwick.

Of the three, Wattles has the easier game. A win against Oakey will secure Wattles a spot in the Madsen-Rasmussen Trophy final between the top two at the end of the first round on June 23.

Duggan said he was definitely right to return from an ankle injury, which stopped him playing for the Central Crows and in some club games.

He is upbeat about his combination with coach and five-eighth Travis Burns.

"Travis played well at the end of last season and is one of our better players each week this season,” he said.

Wattles' training run on Thursday was only half over when the lights went out at the grounds but Duggan expects a strong performance against Oakey.

"I rate Valleys the top side in the TRL and expect them to beat Warwick,” he said.

"It is nice to play in games like the Madsen-Rasmussen Trophy final. The more we play Valleys, the better,” he said.

With Warwick and Valleys playing Saturday night in Warwick, Wattles will know what they need to do on Sunday to make the final.

In reserve grade, Wattles is in second place on 14 points and only needs to beat bottom team Oakey to make the June 23 President's Cup final.

First game at Platz Oval at noon Sunday with A-grade at 3pm.