Nathan Gaulton, of Wattles, is in fine form this season.
Nathan Gaulton, of Wattles, is in fine form this season. Kevin Farmer

Coach expects some feeling in the replay of last year's GF

RUGBY LEAGUE: Wattles face their toughest test to date when they play Valleys in a rematch of last year's grand finalists on Sunday week at Herb Steinohrt Oval in Toowoomba.

The two clubs had some close battles last year and Valleys scored in the last two minutes of play in the grand final to secure the premiership.

"There will be some feeling in the game,” Wattles coach Travis Burns said.

"The game against Valleys will be our toughest test to date.”

Under-18 player Matthew Christensen had a debut dreams are made of when he scored two tries and landed a conversion in the Wattles A-grade 86-6 win against Pittsworth at Platz Oval on Sunday afternoon.

The Warriors led 52-0 at halftime.

Club president Glyn Rees said Christensen had a great game.

"Fullback Nathan Gaulton was in sensational form, scoring three tries, front rower Dale Perkins was also outstanding along with lock Mitch Koina,” Rees said.

Others to impress included Ty Gardner, Nick Van Der Poel and Michael Pearson.

Wattles had co-captain Ryan Duggan and Michael Marshall out for the victory against Pittsworth but Burns expected both to return for the game against Valleys.

"We have no new injury concerns,” he said.

The win puts Wattles in equal first place in A grade on six points with Warwick.

Dalby and Valleys are equal third on five points. Goondiwindi, Gatton and Pittsworth are equal fifth on four points.

Wattles coach Travis Burns said after moving to fullback, Gaulton had secured the No.1 jersey with some outstanding football.

"We blooded Matthew Christensen on the wing and he had a great all-round game against Pittsworth,” he said.

In reserve grade, Wattles beat Pittsworth 38-0 and are top of the table. In the under-18 grade, Pittsworth beat Wattles 56-16. No TRL games at Easter.



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