(Back, from left) John, Ron and Leo Barrett with Mary Hamblin and Joan Bourke in Clifton on Saturday night after the Warwick Cowboys retained the Barrett Shield.
(Back, from left) John, Ron and Leo Barrett with Mary Hamblin and Joan Bourke in Clifton on Saturday night after the Warwick Cowboys retained the Barrett Shield.

Cowboys thrash Wattles Warriors

THE Warwick Cowboys have continued their charge at the start of the Toowoomba Rugby League (TRL) season with a dominant performance over Wattles on Saturday to retain the Barrett Shield.

The Cowboys A-grade side defeated Wattles Warriors 38-6, the same score in the reserve grade game which Warwick also won.

A-grade assistant coach Mark Sullivan said the match started with a bit of fire, with former Wattles players Luke Brosnan and Trent Achilles given the captaincy duties.

Sullivan said there were a number of fights in the opening minutes but he said the boys got on and played football after that.

“I knew if we played well that on paper we were looking alright,” he said.

“We only completed in the second half seven of 17 sets so we were forced to do a lot of defending on our line through those errors.

“The most pleasing thing about the night was the defence.”

Sullivan said the match was much closer than the final scoreline suggested.

“We scored two late tries in the last five minutes but it was 26-6 for a big chunk of that second half,” he said.

The Cowboys will just train Tuesday this week before coming back on April 10 for the first game in the TRL against Souths at Clive Berghofer Stadium.

Sullivan said the Souths game would be a tough first-round match.

“They played Wattles in a trial and Souths did them 40-20 so it will be a nice tough one,” he said.

Warwick Cowboys reserve-grade coach Andrew Sullivan said the win against Wattles on Saturday at Platz Oval in Clifton is a great boost to their title defence.

He said the best reserve-grade player for Warwick was Michael Marshall, who scored three tries playing in the centres. Aaron Harre and David Hallman also played well for Warwick.

“They’re usually pretty tight games but we got the better of them this time,” Andrew said.

He said about five of the reserve-grade players were called up to sit on the bench for A-grade.

In the other matches, the Warwick Cowboys defeated the Warriors 34-4 in under 18s, with Jed Jerome scoring two tries and booting four goals.

The other Warwick try-scorers were Brayden Hockings, Sam Olsen, Chris Donn and Michael O’Keefe and Paul Cantwell also kicked a goal.

Cowboys also took on Valleys in C-grade and got up 34-20, with Leon Close scoring a double and booting two goals.



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