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On Friday night we saw the first game of round 5 kick off here at Mike Carney Toyota Park, with the LARC’s and Brothers go head to head in a tight match, looking for redemption after both coming off losses in round 4. Charters Towers made the trip to match up against JCU at their home grounds looking to put on a show for their home crowd. The final game of the weekend saw Teachers West travel south to the Burdekin who were looking for a repeat performance from round 4. CLICK READ MORE FOR THE FULL WRAP UP


Game 1: Brothers vs LARC’s

After both coming off losses the LARCS and Brothers faced off both very eager to get back into the winner’s circle. Immediately the game was an arm wrestle with both sides playing similar Rugby. Brother capitalised off some poor discipline from the Army, taking a quick tap and spreading the ball wide to find young Flanker Raymond Walker-Campbell who scored his first A grade try. The match remained close, with Brothers were looking to come home with the win until LARC’s winger Zak Holiday split through the Brothers defence going untouched to score under the post to put the LARC’s ahead. With minutes to go the LARC’s held out Brothers and come home with the win 17-15 in a thrilling back and forth game. LARC’s Hooker Josh Allen was a clear stand out leading his team to the victory. LARC 17 (J Allan 1t, B Lotty 1t, Z Holiday 1t, J Pearson 1c) def Brothers 15 (M Fanning 1t, R Walker-Campbell 1t, W Gallegos 1t).

Game 2: JCU vs Charters Towers

Early on it was evident both teams weren’t going to back down, with great back and forth Rugby on display, multiple times JCU defended their line holding the Bulls out. However, after some quick hands down the short side after a turnover gave winger Talon Simpson the opportunity to show his pace and score the first try of the game in the corner. Charters Towers outside centre Dylan Knuth did some damage out wide scoring a double in the first half. Early in the second half a loose pass from the Bulls saw JCU winger fly through and run 50 meters to score Uni’s first try of the game and show how dangerous they can be on the loose ball. However, Charters Tower hit back Immediately with a great set piece move off the back of the scrum putting Dylan Knuth in for another try. Outstanding defence and game direction from JCU Hooker Jason Wilkins and his side was not enough for a raging Bull’s side with Simon Panuel and Russell West’s brilliant performance’s taking charge and leading Charters Towers to a 46-5 win. Charters Towers 46 (S Panual 2t, D Knuth 2t, R Berryman 1t, K Knuth 1t, T Simpson 1t, P Utromu 1t, S Knuth 2c) def JCU 5 (F Brown 1t).

Game 3: Teachers West vs Burdekin

After making the trip down Teachers West were confident the travel would have little effect on the Bulldogs performance. But with Burdekin ready to put up a fight in front of a home crowd, they weren’t going to make it easy. However, from the first whistle Teachers West took the game into their hands and stuck to their game plan. Quick hands to winger Aden Turner saw him use his pace to pick up his first A grade try of the year. Teachers West took a massive blow mid-way through the first half losing Fly Half Josh Fletcher to a red card, seeing Teachers only play with 14. Even with the Burdekin’s number 8 Leonard Heron leading the charge in the Toad’s brutal defence, number 8 for Teacher’s Dan Carman managed to cross the line 3 times as a reward for his outstanding efforts through out the match. This saw Teachers West win 57-0. Teachers West 57 (D Carman 3t, T Vinson 1t 1c, L Barrett 1t, C Barlow 1t, B Kennedy 1t, M Brennan 1t A Turner 1t, J Fletcher 3c, N Poole 1c, T Morgan 1c) def Burdekin 0.

This week, a triple header at Mike Carney Toyota Park. The LARC’s and the Charters Towers Bulls will face off in a great match up of two strong sides in some great form. JCU will have their biggest test yet playing against the number 1 side, Teachers West and finally in the last game of the day the Burdekin look to rebound from their loss against North Ward who are fresh from the bye. Be sure to get down to Mike Carney Toyota Park to see all your 1st Grade Competition games this weekend.

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