Cowboys win Ashley Rhodes memorial Trophy
"IT was a relief" were the words of A-grade coach Ken Coles after the Warwick Cowboys beat Oakey 22-18 on Saturday night at Oakey to win the Ashley Rhodes Memorial Trophy.
Warwick led 14-10 at half-time and increased the lead to 20-10 midway through the second half before Oakey responded with tries in the 25th and 36th minutes of the second half to reduce the margin to two.
Fullback Garth Miller kicked a penalty two minutes from full-time to give his side a four-point buffer.
Oakey won a scrum on full-time and kicked ahead but Warwick winger Declan McLoughlin ran the ball dead.
Craig Cantwell started for the first time in A-grade in the second row to win players' player.
Coles said Cantwell played 80 minutes of consistent footy.
"He has always been a hooker but replaced injured second rower Pat Cameron and had a strong game in defence and attack," Coles said.
"Our Mr Consistent, Jarred Bradfield had a strong game in the pack along with Declan McLoughlin who is starting to show the good form he obviously showed at home in England before joining the Cowboys."
While he was happy with the win, Coles said his side had a lot of improving to do.
"We dropped the ball five times on the first tackle in the last 10 minutes of the game," he said.
"We tried to do silly things when we were leading near the end of the game."
In reserve grade, Warwick beat Oakey 28-12.
Warwick stayed on target for a President's Cup final berth in the under 18 grade with a 38-18 victory against Oakey.