DOWN THE LINE: Morgan Taylor passes for the Cowboys to forward Ben Tyers (8) in the loss to Highfields.
DOWN THE LINE: Morgan Taylor passes for the Cowboys to forward Ben Tyers (8) in the loss to Highfields. Gerard Walsh

Massive Warwick loss still had standout performers

RUGBY LEAGUE: Paul Cantwell and Declan McLoughlin were two players who stood out in a disappointing 42-8 Warwick Cowboys loss to Highfields at Father Ranger Oval yesterday.

Coach Jason Bradfield admitted a side learnt more from its losses than victories.

"The game highlighted a few deficiencies in our game. We defended our line for the first 20 minutes and only had 30% of the ball in the first half," he said. "You can't win footy games without completing 70-80% of your sets."

Bradfield was impressed with the play of Cantwell at lock and five-eighth and the successful return from injury of McLoughlin at centre.

Highfields led 28-0 at halftime and 34-0 in the 14th minute of the second half before Anthony McIntosh scored for Warwick after picking up a bouncing pass in the 24th minute.

Nine minutes later, he scored again from a long Cantwell pass.

The first words of Bradfield to his players as they walked from the field were to ask them to walk towards the Cowboys fans.

"Clap the fans. They turned up," he said.

Highfields coach Dan Sparksman said the first half possession of his side took its toll on Warwick.

The Cowboys wore black arm bands and had a minute's silence yesterday in memory of the late Julie Gribbin.

The Cowboys are at home to Pittsworth on Sunday.

Results

  • A grade: Highfields 42 d Warwick 8 (Anthony McIntosh 2 tries).
  • Reserve grade: Highfields 32 d Warwick 28 (Dallas Dennison 2, Kev Poole 2, Craig Cantwell, Ayrton Friedrichs tries, Morgan Van der Sande 2 goals).
  • Under 18: Highfields 38 d Warwick 16 (Mitch McMahon 2, Jazz Namana tries, Alex Stewart, Michael Pearson goals).


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