Coedie Tandy, Warwick and Nathan Bowering, Valleys. TRL grand final, Valleys vs Warwick Cowboys. Sunday, 8th Sep, 2019.
Coedie Tandy, Warwick and Nathan Bowering, Valleys. TRL grand final, Valleys vs Warwick Cowboys. Sunday, 8th Sep, 2019. Nev Madsen

Five courageous efforts from our Cowboys in grand final

THE Warwick Cowboys might have missed out on the Toowoomba Rugby League premiership with a 24-16 loss but there were plenty of courageous moments from the men in blue, maroon and white on Sunday afternoon at Clive Berghofer Stadium.

1. High ball

Fans at the grand final watched Warwick fullback Craig Donn catch one of the best up and unders seen at Clive Berghofer Stadium.

Valleys half Cory McGrady kicked the ball and it took a lot of guts to take the ball.

He took another high ball under the goalposts.

Donn was aggressive at the ball and proved he is an excellent all-around footballer.

As always, Donn did his share of hit ups.

2: Injury

LATE in the first half, everyone at the ground saw Warwick winger Mitch Watson trotting up and down the field with a leg injury.

With the score 10-all when he started to limp, there was no chance he was going off.

He was there in the last two minutes of play to beat some attempted tacklers to reach out for a try for the Cowboys.

Unfortunately, the conversion missed and it became impossible for Warwick to score eight points in the last 50 seconds to draw or win the game.

He was fearless running the ball into the opposition defenders.

3. Great defence

REPLACEMENT prop Kieran Fender made a great impact off the bench in defence in his first season in A-grade and first A-grade grand final.

After Year 12 at Scots PGC, he played a bit of rugby for GPS in Brisbane two years ago before returning to rugby league and the Cowboys last season.

4: Hard tackle

A HIT by a Valleys forward on Cody Byrne was one of the biggest hits Cowboys committee member Danny Lyons has seen in the TRL.

With Warwick needing points desperately, Byrne got straight back up, great courage for a player in his first season out of under-18 football.

He has impressed in both the second row and at centre this season.

5: Top tackling

HOOKER Ben Sullivan twice tackling one of the biggest players in the Valleys side at the southern end of the field.

The tackles were virtually under the goalposts and Sullivan took the Roosters forward around the legs to save the possibility of a try.

He ended the game with a cut to the head in a grand final which included some top hits and classy play in attack.



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