Wattles' Joel Koina is out injured and it not expected to return for several weeks.
Wattles' Joel Koina is out injured and it not expected to return for several weeks. Kevin Farmer

Green’s return from injury

EXCITING young fullback Jackson Green will be reunited with his Wattles first grade teammates after a three week stint on the injury list, when the Warriors host the Dalby Diehards tonight.

Green's return is well timed given the serious shoulder injury suffered by Joel Koina.

Koina has been doing an admirable job in the Wattles number one guernsey in Green's absence, but he too is lost to the injury list for a lengthy spell.

Wattles Coach Luke Duggan wants to see his team up the ante for the round five clash.

"I'd like the boys to come out and control the game (today) to use what we have worked on at training this week, hopefully have a good win in front of a big home crowd, and return the Rod Frahm Memorial Trophy to Platz Oval," he said.

Wattles have not won the Rod Frahm Memorial Trophy since 2009.

A big crowd is certainly expected with Wattles Junior and Senior clubs combining their programs for a league extravaganza Super Saturday, non-stop footy from 11am to 8.30 pm.

While it is early days in the competition, a win over the Diehards would see Wattles consolidate a position in the top five.

Dalby are yet to record a win this season, and so have plenty of incentive to finish ahead of Warriors and lift themselves from the bottom of the premiership ladder.

Duggan has virtually settled for the same side that accounted for Highfields last Saturday 36 - 20, but for a nip and tuck to accommodate the return of Green.

Tim Hentschel moves into the centres, with regular threequarter Luke Baker nudged to the back row.

Classy forward Matt McCarthy returns to Wattles bench after an injury stint, his aggression up front and powerful running on the fringes adding much to the Warriors arsenal.

Another plus for Wattles is the debut of experienced front rower Kin Phoenix in the reserve grade match, his first run in green and gold.

Wattles outing against Dalby can be considered a family affair, the line-up including the Manley brothers Pat, Xavier and Dan, Ross and Tim Hentschel as well as Matt and Ryan Duggan.

 

The team

Jackson Green, 2. Robert Moore, 3. Tim Hentschel, 4. Brenden Wilson, 5. Ross Hentschel, 6. Ryan Duggan, 7. Matt Duggan (c), 8 . Mitchell Hannant, 9. Liam Ross, 10. Patrick Manley, 11. Luke Baker, 12. Mitch Koina, 13. Aaron Scheid, 14. Michael Duggan, 15. Daniel Manley, 16. Matthew McCarthy, 17. Xavier Manley. Coach: Luke Duggan.



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