Long range goal on halftime was major boost to Cowboys
RUGBY LEAGUE: A man of the match performance by Warwick Cowboys captain Mick Bloomfield paved the way for a 22-18 win against Wattles in the Basil Nolan Memorial Shield game at Father Ranger Oval on Saturday night.
Warwick led 18-0 at halftime after Wattles were bundled into touch and held up over the line after 10 minutes of strong attack.
Just before halftime, there was a bit of push and shove which resulted in the referee sin-binning Bloomfield and Wattles pair Matt Duggan and Nathan Gaulton.
The Cowboys received a penalty and Matt Marshall landed the goal from 40 metres out and half way between centrefield and the sideline. The goal put Warwick three converted tries up which was a major boost going into halftime.
Warwick had a one-player advantage in the first eight minutes of the second half and defended stoutly to maintain the lead.
Three minutes after Gaulton returned to the field, the back rower scored for Wattles, Duggan converted and the score was 18-6 to Warwick. Player coach Travis Burns scored next as Wattles clawed back to trail 18-12.
Five-eighth Coedie Tandy made a break from his own half to set up winger Mitch Watson for a try wide out. The conversion missed and with 10 minutes to go, the home team led 22-12. Mitch Koina scored for Wattles and Duggan converted and Wattles trailed by four points with four minutes to go.
In the final minute, Wattles threw a long pass which ended up over the touchline. With only 36 seconds to go, Wattles didn't get another chance to win the game.
In reserve grade, Wattles won 44-6. Wattles won the under-18 game 30-28.
In the first game of the day, Stanthorpe beat the Warwick second-division team 38-16.
One surprising statistic is that the teams which won on Barrett Shield day also lost in round 1 of fixtures.
See more on the footy, captain's comments and photo gallery of players and fans on www.warwickdailynews.com.au on Sunday.