Central Downs winger Jake Ranger (with ball) and defenders (from left) James Taylor, Will Dearden, Zac Stevens and Jackson Brackin on the way to the tryline.
Central Downs winger Jake Ranger (with ball) and defenders (from left) James Taylor, Will Dearden, Zac Stevens and Jackson Brackin on the way to the tryline.

Hosts start with double

WARWICK and Southern Downs centre Brad Britton scored three tries and Lewis Taylor two in their side’s 54-0 victory against Cunnamulla in yesterday’s Zone 5 under-43 kilogram carnival at Father Ranger Oval.

In its second game of the day, Warwick led 4-0 at halftime before winning 12-4 in the local derby against Central Downs.

James Taylor scored the first-half try for Warwick.

Brad Morrish and Lewis Taylor crossed for four pointers in the second half before Central Downs winger Jake Ranger scored in the corner.

Needing two tries in the final five minutes, Central Downs attacked again but the Warwick defence held.

Central Downs fullback Mason Blades scored the first try of the carnival as his side scored 14 points in the first 15 minutes against Balonne Barwon.

Ranger made a long run late in the half but Jake Henry from Lightning Ridge and Adrian Brown, of Goodooga, saved the day for Balonne Barwon with a classic tackle in cover defence.

Balonne Barwon only conceded two more tries in the final 35 minutes of play and scored 12 points of their own.

In opening the carnival, international forward Greg Platz had a simple message for the players.

“Have fun, enjoy your footy, make friends and say thanks,” Platz said.

“I remember playing in a seven-stone seven-pound carnival, but don’t remember as many players as in Warwick this week.”



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