Daniel Byrnes and Blake Doro move up in defence for the Cowboys in reserve grade.
Daniel Byrnes and Blake Doro move up in defence for the Cowboys in reserve grade. Lynn Locke

Warwick Cowboys take aim at a top five spot

WARWICK Cowboys reserve grade coach Noel Loudon rates his side a realistic chance to make the top five this season.

At the weekend, Warwick beat Dalby 26-14. They led 12-0 after 15 minutes and were never headed.

"We matched the unbeaten Pittsworth before conceding a late try to go down by eight and beat equal third-placed Gatton," Loudon said.

"The side has played eight games, won three and lost three games by eight points or less.

"Wattles were the only team to dominate us."

On Sunday, lock Scott Beard and centre Tim Harch were the best for the winning Warwick side.

Adam Byrne was strong in the centres to score two tries and Dan Byrnes showed class at fullback scoring a try and landing three goals.

Brett Benz has returned to the field after not playing last season and has fitted into the halves.

"Brett will organise most of our plays against Souths in a fortnight and then the second round," Loudon said.

"He gives the side a lot of direction with his passing. New recruit Robbie McIntosh often plays on the opposite side to Brett to give us extra attacking options."

Brett's uncle Graham Benz played his first game for the Cowboys for 15 years when he lined up against Highfields in the second row two weeks ago at age 46.

"Graham did his share of defence and hit ups and played mistake free footy in his 20 minutes on the field," Loudon said.

"He trains with the team and is happy to play when needed."

There will be no club footy this weekend due to the Central division trials at Gladstone.

In the final games of the first round, Warwick play Souths at Clive Berghofer Stadium on May 19.

The Warwick U18 side is likely to qualify for the May 26 President's Cup final against Highfields if it wins the early game.

Warwick is equal second with Dalby and if both teams win, the second finalist will be determined by for and against where Warwick has a 70-point advantage.

 

TRL Tables

A grade

  • Gatton 14
  • Souths 13
  • Pittsworth 12
  • Valleys 10
  • Highfields 9
  • Wattles 8
  • Warwick 6
  • Brothers 4
  • Oakey 4
  • Dalby 0

Reserve grade

  • Pittsworth 14
  • Souths 12
  • Highfields 11
  • Gatton 11
  • Wattles 8
  • Warwick 6
  • Brothers 6
  • Valleys 6
  • Dalby 4
  • Oakey 2

Under 18

  • Highfields 16
  • Warwick 12
  • Dalby 12
  • Brothers 10
  • Valleys 10
  • Souths 6
  • Wattles 6
  • Oakey 5
  • Gatton 2
  • Pittsworth 1


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