Wattles in grand final replay in Toowoomba
RUGBY LEAGUE: Wattles coach Travis Burns is under no illusions about Sunday's clash with reigning TRL A-grade premiers Valleys.
"Suggestions are that they are a bit off the pace so far this season but we are treating them with the utmost respect,” Burns said.
However he rates his Warriors outfit against the Roosters.
"Valleys took the silverware in the grand final but there wasn't a lot between us all season,” he said
"We have a little unfinished business, you could say.”
Coming off a two-week break after walloping top five contenders Pittsworth 86-6 in their last outing, Burns is impressed how his side is improving weekly and is currently on top of the TRL premiership ladder with three wins from the opening four games this season.
Wattles were without co-skipper and lock Ryan Duggan, and slick outside backs Michael Marshall and Blake Lollback against Pittsworth, with Duggan and Lollback fit and returning on Sunday.
"We will have close to our top side facing Valleys,” said Burns, whose form at five-eighth has been a highlight of the Warriors' season to date.
The side's hefty mobile forward pack will shoulder the load at Herb Steinohrt Oval, it has impressed across the park in recent weeks and will give all to make inroads through the centre on Sunday.
Back-rower Mitch Koina has been in shining form defensively and, with the ball in his hands, his consistency underlines his reputation as a quality player - one Burns said would lead by example.
Another vital cog in the Wattles' engine room is bench impact forward Dylan Wilson.
The big man casts an imposing figure charging across the turf at 186cm tall and weighing 130kg.
Wilson is one of the Warriors' top performers this season, having touched down for five tries in his past three games.
He's fully focused on what he feels is the key for tomorrow - "attitude and aggression”.
"Attitude goes a long way in rugby league, we will be winning the ruck so our backs can do their job and do it well,” Wilson said.
Wattles can boast balance in its line-up with its high-achieving forward pack, scheming halves Burns and Matt Duggan and backs with abundant speed and ability.
Celebrating its 100th year as a club, Valleys will host a monster program on Sunday from 10.10am with the Clive Berghofer Group 2nd Division clash between the home side Roosters and Stanthorpe Gremlins.
Wattles will then front up to the Roosters in under-18 (11.30am), reserve grade (1pm), followed by the A-grade match of of Round 5 at 2.30pm.
At 4pm a BRL open women's Division 1 match will be played to complete a full day of rugby league.
Wattles Railway Hotel Allora A-grade side: 1. Nathan Gaulton, 2. Blake Lollback, 3. Nick Van Der Poel, 4. Jake Hargreaves, 5. Braydon Wilson, 6. Travis Burns, 7. Matt Duggan, 8. Mitchell Duff, 9. Joe Morris, 10. Dale Perkins (c), 11. Ty Gardner, 12. Mitch Koina, 13. Ryan Duggan (c), 14. Matt Richards, 15. Dylan Wilson, 16. Jordan Henry, 17. Michael Pearson.