by Glyn Rees
RUGBY LEAGUE: Coach Gary Lawrence's Wattles Warriors A-grade side will take to Platz Oval on Saturday evening looking to be celebrating victory after the curtain falls on nearly 12 hours of rugby league on the Warriors home turf.
The Wattles junior and senior have combined to host a Super Saturday of footy, the junior club sides from under-7 to U16 hosting Warwick's Collegians Dragons while the senior club teams will take on the Highfields Eagles.
Wattles top graders have two wins from four outings so far this season while opponents Highfields also boast four competition points but from three games.
Highfields coach Gus McKellar is wary of his opponents.
"Wattles are always tough at home and have plenty of ability in their line-up,” he said.
McKellar, who is in his third year at the helm of the Eagles, wants his side to step up to the mark against Wattles.
"We've been somewhat off the pace this season, and while we are short a few handy players currently, it's a big slug to lose star forward Rhi Peeti with injury,” he said.
Wattles lengthy injury line-up has responded well to the fortnight break with Lawrence particularly pleased front rowers Jarred Bradfield and Kyle Marsh are back to fitness.
Fellow pack members, team skipper Dale Perkins and back rower Ty Gardner have been among the Warriors most consistent this season and will shoulder a lot of their team's go forward responsibilities against the Eagles.
"We had a tough night against Dalby in our last fixture so it's important we bounce back now to restore confidence,” Lawrence said.
All the footy action kicks off with Wattles and Collegians U7s at 9am Saturday, the junior program concluding at 3pm.
Senior games at 3.30 pm U18, 5pm reserve grade and 6.30pm A grade. - Glyn Rees