Goondiwindi Boars in Warriors' sights in TRL game
Rugby league: While certainly wary, Wattles player/coach Travis Burns feels confident his top-grade line-up has the edge to finish ahead of the Goondiwindi Boars in the TRL Round 7 clash at Platz Oval on Sunday.
Wattles is coming off a nailbiting 30-22 success over Dalby last Saturday, running in 30 unanswered points after the opposition ran up a 22-0 lead in the initial 25 minutes.
"We can't afford to give any teams a start, we finished the last 60 munutes in spectacular fashion last week but we had put ourselves under unnecessary pressure in the early stages,” Burns said.
"We need to start the game at the same time as our opponents, especially against the Boars who are showing some handy form this season under coach Mark Offerdahl.”
Former NRL forward Offerdahl has a lot of respect for Wattles.
"I am happy with our form to date, we are rebuilding and improving every week, we are certainly up for the challenge,” he said.
Wattles will run virtually the same team against the Boars as its last outing, still short some key players to injury, including centre Jake Hargreaves, winger Blake Lollback and hooker Joe Morris.
The Warriors have further injury concerns as the encounter with the Boars approaches and, while there will be some last-minute repositioning, Burns feels the club depth will see his side remain competitive.
A bright light for the Warriors is the return of outstanding finisher Andrew Richardson who will slide back into the right-wing jersey in which he excelled last season.
Richardson has shown impressive form with the Wynnum-Manly Seagulls since the season start, but chose to return to the Warriors' den.
The former Allora local was Player of the Carnival in last season's Central Division 47th Battalion Trophy under-20 Carnival and is a former Queensland schoolboys rugby union representative.
While Wattles boasts a well-balanced line-up that sits atop the TRL Hutchies A-grade premiership ladder on for-and-against points, the return of prolific try scorer allows Burns a talented player he can play in any position in the back line.
Richardson, a former Wattles junior, is more than enthusiastic to don the green and gold colours again.
”My time at Wynnum has been a prime experience, I've learnt so much, but am really looking forward to running out with the guys at Wattles again,” he said.
Michael Marshall scored two vital tries in his side's win last week, showing his obvious ability.
"Mick really shone last week in the centres, he can play anywhere in the backs and is a vital link in our game” Burns said.
Play gets under way at 11.30am Sunday with the U18 match, followed by reserve grade (1pm) and A grade (2.30pm).