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Conrad Gargett 1st Grade Weekly Wrap

 

 

As we enter the business end of the season, all seven teams were looking at putting their best foot forward with only 4 games left. This week’s action saw a showdown between Burdekin and Charters Towers, Brothers took on Ross River and Teachers West clashed with University at home. Click read more for a full recap...

 

Game 1:

In what was the match of the round, the Burdekin Canetoads took on the mighty Charters Towers Bulls at Mike Carney Toyota Park. There was plenty on the line for both sides in this country blockbuster with both teams inside the top four, however, neither of the two are guaranteed a finals berth with the competition closer than ever. Charters Towers had Burdekin under pressure from the very first kick off with a massive hit jolting the ball free forcing the ball to be turned over. The Bulls were quick to capitalise with hooker Andy Fildes scoring after some relentless pick and driving. Burdekin were quick to bounce back running in back-to-back tries, one of which was scored by fullback Matthew Lunn who capitalised on a barnstorming run by flyhalf Kali Naupoto. Burdekin took a narrow lead into the break; however, it would be enough to see the Canetoads all but secure third place on the ladder, after grinding out a hard-fought 18 points to 12 victory. John Alford and Kali Naupoto were standouts for Burdekin, whilst Peter Utromu shone for Charters Towers.

Burdekin – 18 – Tries: Christopher Mann 2, Matthew Lunn 1. Penalty Goals: Nicholas Bartlett 1.

Charters Towers – 12 – Tries: Andy Fildes 1, Tuggy Sailor 1. Conversions: Sam Knuth 1.

 

Game 2:

Game 2 of the round took place between Brothers and Ross River. Brothers were locked into second place on the ladder after some strong recent performances. Whilst on the other hand, Ross River were fighting to keep their season alive needing to win the remainder of their matches and for other results to go their way. Brothers as expected came out strong to build up momentum before heading into finals. Lachlan Fanning scored almost straight off the kick off to give Brothers a 5-0 lead. Tevita Ma’ulu’ulu was devastating up the middle once again this week, breaking tackle after tackle before being rewarded with two tries. Ross Rivers only points of the half came via the boots of Jacob Brown and Ben Caskey. Unfortunately, the game was called off early so both teams had shortened time on the field.

Brothers – 47 – Tries: Lachlan Fanning 1, Sam Leonardi 1, Tevita Ma’ulu’ulu 2, Keiran Willey 2, Billy Bulley 1. Conversions: Tau Penitani 6.

Ross River – 6 – Penalty Goals: Ben Caskey 1, Jacob Brown 1.

 

Game 3:

The final game of the round to place at the ‘kennel’ with Teachers West hosting University. Both teams have cemented their spots on the ladder in the lead up to finals, however, Teachers looked to put their best rugby on display for their home crowd. University were under the pump from the start of the match, asked to do a lot of defensive work. Teachers dominance across the park including set piece time led to them scoring some great tries off some free-flowing rugby. Aden Turner was one of the many beneficiaries of this expansive game play bagging another four try haul before the half time break. University tried to make their stamp on the game but were unable to gain any momentum as Teachers kept pilling on the points. Early in the second half Teachers flanker Dan Carman found himself in open space in a footrace for the try line but was cutdown in a great cover tackle before the line, the try was later scored by hooker Lewayne Barrett who fell over the line. With students returning from semester 1 break, Universities numbers gained a heavy boost which will be handy for the run home. Tom Vinson and Martin Brennan were once again outstanding for Teachers, whilst Christian Hughes played well for University.

Teachers West – 103 – Tries: Chris Barlow 1, Kris Nielsen 1, Keenan Troth 1, Martin Brennan 2, Trent Owen 1, Harry Willocks 1, Tom Vinson 2, Aden Turner 4, Colby Mason 2, Rodney Seeto 1, Lewayne Barrett 1. Conversions: Rodney Seeto 7, Curtis Rayment 2.

University – 0

This week there is a senior grade bye round so teams will be able to kick up their feet, have a beer or three and enjoy the week off as the race to finish in the top four of the competition really ramps up. For some teams still fighting for a finals birth it is now a do or die situation for those teams outside the top four.

The full results will be available in Thursdays Bulletin.

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