Centre Dylan Lippi shows his class for Warwick in under-18 rugby league.
Centre Dylan Lippi shows his class for Warwick in under-18 rugby league. Gerard Walsh

Cowboys premiership hopes come down to U18s

RUGBY LEAGUE: Warwick finished the weekend with just one side alive in the race for Toowoomba Rugby League glory.

A thrilling finish saw the Cowboys progress to the preliminary final of the U18s competition after they defeated Southern Suburbs 30-26.

They will now take on Dalby next week, following their 34-18 loss to Valleys on Sunday.

Southern Suburbs picked up the first points of the game in the sixth minute, and the contest remained an arm-wrestle for the following period of play.

Things opened up a bit in the later stages of the first half, as Mitch Watson scored a double to go with a Cruise Martin-Brown try, giving the Cowboys a 16-12 lead at the break.

The Cowboys controlled play in the second half, racing out to a 26-16 buffer with just 14 minutes to play, before two quick Southern Suburbs tries saw them level things up.

From there, the Cowboys managed to hold their nerve, and crashed over through Aden Howard, gifting the team a season-saving win.

Second Division went down in the cruellest of fashion, 20-18, to the Dalby Diehards in the first match on Saturday.

The Cowboys shrugged off an opening try to Dalby's Allan Dodd by scoring three of their own before half-time.

Four-pointers to Mitch Washborne, Kenneth Parsons and Garth Miller helped the side to a 14-6 advantage at the break.

The second half was a different story however, as Dalby piled on three unanswered tries in the opening 18 minutes to take a commanding 20-14 lead into the final stages of the game.

Warwick refused to give up, and scored through David O'Leary in the final six minutes, however the conversion attempt was unsuccessful.

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