TRL round 7 wrap
DALBY vs BROTHERS
WHILE patrons tried to keep warm in the Dalby Leagues Club, the Diehards lit it up in front of their home fans, coming away with a 48-4 win over Brothers last night.
The defending premiers came out of the blocks firing, scoring a pair of tries in their opening two sets through Clydesdales representatives Xavier Manley and Alex Ambia to give them an early 10-0 lead.
After trailing by 26 at half-time, Brothers held their opponents to four second-half tries, and picked up one of their own through Jake Head.
DALBY 48 (Michael Krause 2, Zac Morris, Mitch Taylor, Xavier Manley, Jason Wardrop, Dylan Taylor, Kruse Turner, Alex Ambia tries; Morris 6 goals) defeated BROTHERS 4 (Jake Head try)
VALLEYS vs GOONDIWINDI
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PITTSWORTH vs WATTLES
A FRANTIC period of play in the second half has seen Wattles keep in touch with the leading pack in the TRL Premiership, as they claimed a 33-20 win over Pittsworth today.
The half-time speech from player-coach Travis Burns had immediate effect, as the Warriors turned a 16-12 deficit into a 30-16 lead in the space of 10 minutes.
Jackson Green picked up a double in the game-clinching run, crossing the line twice in the space of three minutes.
The early see-sawing affair had spectators on the edges of their seats, with neither side able to build a comfortable break in an intense first half.
The Danes got the ball rolling early on as centre Jordan O'Shea crossed the stripe after 11 minutes of play.
Their lead would prove to be short-lived, as Braydon Wilson earned his eighth four-pointer of the season, before Central Crows halfback Matt Duggan added further pain to Pittsworth just minutes later.
Despite the adversity, the Danes rallied hard in the closing stages, with tries to Dom Briggs and James Dempsey giving them the lead at the break.
Wattles will now host Oakey as they look to make their claim for top spot on the ladder, while Pittsworth has a chance to end its two-game slide when it heads north to take on Southern Suburbs.
PITTSWORTH 20 (Jordan O'Shea, Dom Briggs, James Dempsey, Jeff Webber tries; Keith Mackenzie 2 goals) lost to WATTLES 33 (Jackson Green 2, Braydon Wilson, Matt Duggan, Mitch Koina tries; Travis Burns 6 goals; Duggan field goal)
WARWICK vs SOUTHS
THE Cowboys picked up a crucial win as they head towards the bye weekend, dismantling Southern Suburbs 76-4 at Father Ranger Oval this afternoon.
An explosive first half saw the home side run in seven four-pointers, as Declan McLoughlin brought up his hat-trick in the space of 16 minutes.
Captain Mick Bloomfield and hooker Ben Sullivan both picked up doubles in the one-sided encounter, keeping Warwick in the top four, as they prepare for their Wattles grudge match in a fortnight's time.
WARWICK 76 (Declan McLoughlin 4, Mick Bloomfield 2, Ben Sullivan 2, Jarred Bradfield, Kai Etherington, Josh Cruice, Dylan Galloway, Jordyn Hogden tries; Bloomfield 6, Etherington 5 goals) defeated SOUTHERN SUBURBS 4 (Alex Hinch try)
HIGHFIELDS vs GATTON
AN UNCONVENTIONAL slow start at Kuhls Rd wasn't enough to derail Highfields' premiership charge, coming from behind to defeat Gatton 38-30.
Despite finding themselves down 18-6 with less than 10 minutes remaining in the first half, the Eagles fought back to win their fourth game of the season and keep in touch with the pacemakers in the competition.
A string of six unanswered tries deflated the Eagles chances of inching their way closer to the top-six, as they prepare for their big match at home to Dalby yesterday.
HIGHFIELDS 38 (Jarrod Lee 2, Campbell Stewart, Aaron Hooper, Sam Bielefeld, Sean Hamel, Sean Loxley tries; Lee 5 goals) defeated GATTON 30 (Tye Gray 2, Austin Jennings 2, Denzel King tries; Luke Nolan 5 goals)