CONTROLLING PLAY: Matt Duggan (Wattles) tackles Steven Franciscus (Dalby) on Sunday.
CONTROLLING PLAY: Matt Duggan (Wattles) tackles Steven Franciscus (Dalby) on Sunday. Nev Madsen

Wattles don't call second-rower 'Try Gardner' for nothing

RUGBY LEAGUE: Second-rower Ty Gardner scored two tries and was one of the best on ground as Wattles beat Dalby 36-30 in the minor semi-final at Clive Berghofer Stadium on Sunday.

Co-captain Dale Perkins said Gardner played outside coach and five-eighth Travis Burns in attack.

"Travis tells him where he wants him in attack and Ty runs a good line,” he said.

"Two tries in a final is a massive effort.

"We call him Try Gardner.”

Gardner was the best the previous week in the loss to Warwick.

Talking about the win against Dalby on Sunday, Perkins said halves Matt Duggan and Burns controlled the play well.

"We had the game in control but let Dalby back into it late in the game,” Perkins said.

It wasn't until the 74th minute on Sunday that Wattles winger Braydon Wilson latched on to an errant Steven Franciscus pass to run 50 metres to score which made Wattles feel a little safer.

Wattles now play Valleys in the preliminary final on Sunday, a team which Wattles have beaten three times this season.

"We don't want to be over confident, this is finals footy and Valleys can strike all over the park,” Perkins said.

"We have to turn up with the right attitude.”

Perkins said it was good to see a country club like Warwick secure the first grand final spot.

"I hope we can meet them on grand final day. It would be massive for two country clubs to meet in the grand final,” he said.

"But for us, it is one win at a time.”

When looking at the win on Sunday, Perkins said Michael Pearson was outstanding off the bench.

Young outside back Mitch Bourke came off the bench in the final 10 minutes.

"He is a good young kid and it was good he could get a taste of finals footy,” Perkins said.

Wattles 36 (Ty Gardner 2, Andrew Richardson, Michael Pearson, Michael Marshall, Braydon Wilson tries, Matt Duggan 6 goals) d Dalby 30