Townsville and District Rugby Union


On Wednesday night the 1st grade action kicked off at Mike Carney Toyota Park. After coming off a win against JCU in round 7, Brothers were set to face all time rivals Teachers West who were fresh off the bye and keen to play. Charters Towers welcomed North Ward to town in their clash and the last game of the weekend saw The Burdekin host JCU in Ayr.


Game 1: Teachers West Vs Brothers

On Wednesday night at Mike Carney Toyota Park arch rivals, Brothers and Teachers West played the first game of the second round. After losing their first game against Teachers in round 1 Brothers were eager to show their improvements and hopefully upset the undefeated Teachers West side who were fresh off the bye. From the start the game was shaped to be a good one. After some back and forth action, Teachers found themselves getting close to the Brother’s line. A Short ball from Fly-half Josh Fletcher to Trent Owen saw him slice through the line and score under the post. Josh Fletcher featured again after showing his pace down the side line to score in the corner. To end the Half, scrum-half Tom Vison scored off the back of a scrum to extend the lead. Towards the end of the game Brothers started to find some form and some outstanding picking and driving saw Brother’s stand out Malakai Taufa put his side on the board. Again, Brothers showed their strength at the pick and drive and second rower Matt Fanning scored Brothers second try. However, the efforts from Martin Brennan and Josh Lamb saw Teachers come away with a 45-14 point win.

Teachers West 45 (J Fletcher 1t 5c, A Small 1t, T Owen 1t, T Vinson 1t, T Wells 1t, L Lamb 1t, N Poole 1t) def Brothers 14 (M Fanning 1t, M Taufu 1t, M Rauch 1c, V Taufu 1c).

Game 2: North Ward Vs Charters Towers

In round 7, Charters Towers grabbed another win for the season against Burdekin and were looking to reflect that performance over the weekend against North Ward who were coming off a loss to the LARC’s, but were keen to find winning form again. From the get-go the match was tight with both teams struggling to find their way to the line. However, after some hard yards from North Ward, Prop Jon Salee crossed the line to score the first try of the game. Leading into the break North Ward lead the home team 5-0. Allthough after the break it was a different story, despite the great effort from North Ward’s Sam Bradley, the outstanding efforts from Charters Towers forwards Joey Cram and Ronnie Berryman helped Charters Towers to run in 4 tries to take the lead and to finish the game with a 22-10 point win

Charters Towers 22 (J Cram 2t, W Mitchell 1t, S Knuth 2c 1p) def North Ward 10 (J Salee 1t, S Delaney 1t).

Game 3: JCU Vs Burdekin

After a hard loss to Charters the week prior the Burdekin looked to get away with a win against JCU, who were still looking for their first win of the season. As expected, the physicality was on display right from the first kick off with both sides looking to get the upper hand early on. The first half proved too tough as the score reflected, JCU’s Benjiman Caskey crossed the line and converted his own try. After the break however, it was a different story with the Burdekin taking full control of the game. The defensive efforts from JCU and the great effort from the Hooker Brandon Luta fell short with the Burdekin boy’s running in some great tries in front of their home crowd. Winger Liam Marshall picked up a double out wide, Leonard Herron and Jeff Sullivan crossed the line to reward their excellent performances, finishing up the game 40-7.

Burdekin 40 (L Marshall 2t, L Matai 1t, L Heron 1t, A Kennedy 1t, X Barnard 5c) def JCU 7 B Caskey 1t 1c).

This weekend at Mike Carney Toyota Park, Teachers West look to continue their unbeaten streak against North Ward who hope to show their improvements and cause an upset. The LARC’s return from the break fresh to face off against JCU who will look for their first win of the season. Finally, at Ignatius Park, Brothers will host Charters Towers in both teams bid to move up the ladder with a win. Be sure to get down to watch your A grade action this weekend.

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