Victory at last for Wattles but now they face the Cowboys
RUGBY LEAGUE: Wattles coach Travis Burns was relieved after his team beat Valleys 28-26 in the Madsen Rasmussen Trophy final at Clive Berghofer Stadium on Sunday.
The trophy win was the sixth for Wattles in 11 finals appearances and the first since 2015.
Burns admitted his side was due for a win after two narrow losses to Valleys last season in the Madsen Rasmussen Trophy final and the grand final.
"Valleys are a tough team to play and we are now in a good spot for the second half of the season,” he said.
"We can now build for the rest of the season.”
Burns rated player of the final, prop Mitch Koina, centre Nick Van Der Poel, back rower Ty Gardner and winger Braydon Wilson as his best.
There will be no rest for the Wattles Warriors as they meet third-placed Warwick on Sunday at Platz Oval in Clifton.
"It is always a good battle against Warwick,” he said.
"It was a hectic game against Valleys and we have a few sore bodies but will have to regroup for the game against Warwick.”
Burns said it was even a bonus to be playing Warwick on Sunday and not Saturday.
"The extra day of rest from the trophy final will help.”
All TRL teams, except teams in the Madsen Rasmussen Trophy and President's Cup finals, had last weekend off.
Wattles and Valleys will meet again in the second last round of fixtures on August 3 at Clifton.
On Sunday afternoon, Wattles led 16-10 at halftime and maintain their lead in the second half before Valleys drew level at 26-all.
"We received a penalty in centrefield with nine minutes to go and Matt Duggan kicked the goal for the win.”
In the reserve grade President's Cup final, Wattles lost 26-12 to Valleys.
Scores: Wattles 28 (Braydon Wilson, Matt Christensen, Nick Van Der Poel, Andrew Richardson, Mitch Koina tries, Matt Duggan 4 goals) d Valleys 26 (Denzel Burns 2, Dwayne Duncan 2, Kalem Kemp tries, Ben Cook 3 goals).
THE Warwick and District Junior Rugby League has started its mid-season break for the school holidays.
There will be plenty of representative footy for the juniors.
Warwick and District under-14 and under-16 teams will be on the road to Coolum for the Glyn Rees City Country Cultural Exchange this weekend.
The teams are being coached by Scott Koch and Russell Jones.
There will also be a large contingent of Warwick and District girls in Coolum as Warwick, Toowoomba and Roma players have been divided into Mustangs Pink and Mustangs Purple teams. Zone 5 footy will be in Clifton in the second week of school holidays.