Townsville and District Rugby Union

Zambrero’s 1st Grade Wrap Up - Round 3

With cyclone Debbie on her way, Saturday was always going to be a humid day and that it was. After a narrow win last week, Burdekin got the weekend off with a bye. At Mike Carney Toyota Park, a thrilling double header took place. First up it was North Ward taking on Brothers, followed by a nail biter between Western Suburbs and Ross River. Meanwhile, down the road at Warrina Park, Charters Towers had the road trip to take on a confident Teachers West.

 Teachers West 64 def 0 Charters Towers

A confident Teachers West side took the field with the wind in their sails after back to back wins to start the season. Charters Towers were looking for an improvement from their first encounter with North Ward, this week it was against the benchmark team of the TDRU Competition. The Bulls set the tone early that they were up for the fight holding their line with some strong defence. Charters Towers managed to keep their opposition from scoring for the first quarter of the game. With some very high paced running rugby, Charters kept the pressure on but were unable to execute at crucial times to get on the scoreboard. After weathering the storm the Home team gained the upper hand and the Bulls legs began to tire. From there, it was a clinical display of controlled rugby from the Bulldogs with a number of returning players and youngsters keen to earn their stripes in 1st Grade. The game eventually ended 64-0 in Teachers West favour off the back of outstanding efforts from Josh Fletcher racking up a whopping 24 points, followed closely by Alex McClymont with 20 points of his own. Teachers yet again showing why they’re the reigning premiers.


Brothers 29 def 18 North Ward
Feeling confident after two strong wins to start the season, North Ward were ready to take on Brothers in what all were expecting was to be an outstanding display of running rugby. Opening the point scoring early was North Wards fly half Ashley Rio with a penalty kick from in front of the posts. Brothers struck back from the kick off with a try to number 8 Michael Parker. From there it was try for try until half time in a competitive affair. Both teams headed into the sheds looking tired from the conditions with the score at 19 to 13 in Brothers favour. After the break, North Ward came up with a great try from offloads and support play, displaying some excellent open rugby and skills. Yet again Brothers hit straight back with their own try off the back of a break from winger Tyron Harvey. North Ward pegged one back with a try from the Kick off to centre Connor Kennedy before young Brothers debutant Tom Gallegos scored on his debut from a chip kick from centre Brendan Morgan. North Ward fought back late with a try to replacement winger Tom Hoonhout however missed conversions proved the cruelling late in the game for North Ward with a Tyron Harvey try late in the game sealing the deal for Brothers and keeping them beyond the reach of the Old Boys.


Ross River 26 def 24 Western Suburbs
The Redskins vs Dragons games have quickly developed a reputation to be ferocious affairs. With both teams looking to have their first win of the season, this was no exception. Western Suburbs managed to start strong with an early try, but poor discipline had them giving away back to back penalties giving Ross River the upper hand and allowing to hit back with a try of their own. With the momentum at their back, the Redskins kept the pressure on and came up with another score in the right-hand corner. Western Suburbs weren’t going to let the game out of hand that easily striking back through a well worked team try and kicking a penalty goal sending them up 17-12 at the half time break. The Dragons carried on their late first half momentum to score again early in the second half despite struggling against Ross River at scrum time. Down by 24-12, Ross River fought back with some tight forward play sending them over for a try of their own to narrow the gap. Falling into some poor discipline, Western Suburbs gave a penalty away in their own territory. Ross River kicked to the corner and after securing lineout ball an excellent piece of set play saw them crossing the try line and taking the lead again. With no time on the clock Western Suburbs, down by two points, had a penalty kick to take the win. Unfortunately for them the kick sailed wide and Ross River were victors in the first of the clashes between these sides in season 2017. Redskins Flanker Rickardt Daniell was the standout for Ross River alongside fly half Jason Salawagen and Full back Jason Curnow who kicked three from four. Whilst from the Dragons speedy scrum half Christian Hughs was the pick for them along with hard working forward Maciu Hawkins. 


This weekend sees the Western Suburbs vs Brothers game postponed with many military and police away with cyclone Debbie further south whilst North Ward have the bye after winning two from their first three games. The clash of the Country teams take place as the main game between Burdekin and newcomers Charters Towers kicking off at 6:30pm whilst in the game earlier defending premiers Teachers West will take on rivals Ross River at 3:30pm.


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