WRAPPED UP: Wattles co-captain Ryan Duggan is met with a bruising tackle from Dalby enforcer Xavier Manley.
WRAPPED UP: Wattles co-captain Ryan Duggan is met with a bruising tackle from Dalby enforcer Xavier Manley. Nev Madsen

Wattles find their best to progress through

RUGBY LEAGUE: Wattles has kept its TRL Premiership hopes alive following a hard-fought 36-30 elimination final win over Dalby at Clive Berghofer Stadium.

It gives the Warriors a spot in next weekend's preliminary final, and a chance to make their second-successive grand final.

Dalby drew first blood inside five minutes as Travis Babington sliced his way over from close range.

A towering Matt Duggan bomb had Corey Blades and Mike Gaur under pressure, with Wattles earning a set from the mistake inside Dalby's 20m line.

Blades made up for the mistake by intercepting a Matthew Richards' pass, giving them golden field position.

They were inches away from going in again, however a desperate Andrew Richardson held up Kruse Turner over the line.

Duggan's boot forced another mistake at the back for Dalby, and this time they made them pay, with Travis Burns putting Ty Gardner into a gaping hole in the 17th minute to put Wattles ahead 6-4.

The Warriors didn't have to wait long to extend the lead as Michael Pearson crashed his way over to put his team ahead by eight points.

Burns was again in the thick of things, as Richardson ran off his left shoulder and on his way to the try-line.

Just minutes later, Burns had his third try-assist of the evening, putting Gardner over for his second try and giving Wattles a commanding 24-4 lead with half-time in sight.

Just as Wattles looked to be running away with the contest, Dalby captain Steve Franciscus gave his side a glimmer of hope heading into the sheds, evading defenders to send the Diehards in down 24-10.

The two teams found points hard to come by to start the second half, as the intensity lifted and both sides failed to mount sustained pressure.

It wasn't until the 62nd minute that the scorer was troubled, as Dalby took full advantage of a set of six in Wattles territory, with Fergus Gibson spinning at the line to dive over beside the posts and cut the deficit to eight.

They had another prime opportunity as Richardson failed to defuse a bomb, however Chris Wilkes couldn't hang onto the ball on the second tackle.

Wattles immediately punished them, with a Duggan cut-out pass on his own 40m line finding Nick van der Poel, who in turn dished it off to Michael Marshall, who gave the Warriors one foot in the grand final qualifier at 30-16.

Dalby refused to surrender, however, as Blades burst through a gap, before finding Gaur who gave the Diehards a glimmer of hope.

Their hopes were extinguished in the 74th minute though, as Braydon Wilson latched onto an errant Franciscus pass to race 50m to score the match-sealer.

WATTLES 36 (Ty Gardner 2, Andrew Richardson, Michael Pearson, Michael Marshall, Braydon Wilson tries; Matt Duggan 6 goals) defeated DALBY 30 (Alex Ambia 2, Travis Babbington, Steve Franciscus, Fergus Gibson, Mike Gaur tries; Dylan Taylor 2, Blake Mara goals)