VICTORIOUS: Wattles’ Aaron Scheid (left) and Matt Duggan lift the Madsen-Rasmussen Trophy after their win against Gatton in TRL at Clive Berghofer Stadium.
VICTORIOUS: Wattles’ Aaron Scheid (left) and Matt Duggan lift the Madsen-Rasmussen Trophy after their win against Gatton in TRL at Clive Berghofer Stadium. Kevin Farmer

Wattles take back Madsen-Rasmussen

Wattles win the Madsen-Rasmussen Trophy in TRL at Clive Berghofer Stadium.

THEY may have been undermanned with a few regular faces missing but reigning premiers Wattles Warriors rose to the occasion at Clive Berghofer Stadium to avenge their Madsen-Rasmussen Trophy loss of last year to dominate the Gatton Hawks and win convincingly 32-14.

The Warriors led 18-10 at halftime and kicked on in the second half to overwhelm the Hawks with fullback Corey Blades the outstanding player in green and gold.

As player of the match, Blades was awarded the Bill and Steve Pollard Family Medal.

Wattles' defence was one of their strengths, shutting down many a dangerous Gatton raid while the direction of Matt Duggan, the constant danger of Blades and Wattles forwards' go-forward served them well.

Disappointments though were seeing Matt Duggan and Joel Koina leaving the field injured late in the game.

Wattles let a few early scoring opportunities slip through their fingers but Gatton snatched first points after seven minutes when speed machine winger Billy Jackwitz touched down.

Wattles got into stride when five-eighth Brodie Ciesiolka and fullback Corey Blades scored and put the Warriors ahead 12-4 after 27 minutes and from there were never headed.

While Gatton struck back, Wattles outside back Cameron Moodie and halfback Matt Duggan claimed tries to have Wattles looking comfortable at the 40-minute mark.

After 20 scoreless minutes to open the second half, Wattles stacked on three touchdowns in a 10-minute period to centre Brenden Wilson and wingers Robbie Moore and Jimmy Johnson for a 32-10 scoreline with nine minutes on the clock.

When Gatton were caught in their own in-goal in the 69th minute, it signalled the end was near. The Hawks struggled through a tough half of rugby league where they seemed well off their best form.

The Hawks snatched late points on full time through a second Jackwitz try but the 2015 Madsen-Rasmussen Trophy was already safe in the Wattles' clubhouse at Platz Oval.