McMillan stars in Warriors rampage
FORMER Queensland representative back Russell McMillan touched down for four tries as Wattles cruised to a second consecutive win on Sunday, this time against the Warwick Cowboys at Father Ranger Oval by 50 – 20.
The Warriors crossed for nine tries to Warwick’s four in the local derby, with McMillan snaring the Player’s Player award and sharing Wattles’ Player of the Match points with representative back rower Luke Baker.
The comprehensive win saw Wattles earn first grade premiership points for only the third time this season, with Sunday’s result their second consecutive win under new coach Glen McMillan and his brother Russell.
Coach McMillan was more than pleased with the result, especially given he was a notable absentee from the line-up. Fellow first graders Mark Duggan, Ashley Evans and late withdrawal Liam Ross were also missing from the run-on seventeen.
McIntosh brothers Anthony and Walter stepped up for a first grade baptism, playing an integral role in the final outcome. Anthony actually played in all three programmed matches. Michael McCarthy claimed two tries, growing in confidence on Wattles’ wing in his third top grade outing.
Jeff Neilson added to his impressive season try tally when he crossed in the 64th minute. Luke Baker also touched down in Wattles’ total, while Brady Glass kicked six goals and Woodbridge one.
In lower grades, the Railway Hotel Allora Warriors notched up their fourth win of the season and first success for Coach Robbie McIntosh, who took the helm some weeks back, winning over Warwick 40 – 30.
Bustling back-rower Walter McIntosh collected Player’s Player and Wattles Man of the Match honours, while younger brother Josh McIntosh was also among the Green and Gold’s best.
In his second week as a Warrior, 17-year-old Brandon Cubby was again very impressive, with his blitzing speed resulting in two tries.
Wattles’ other five tries went to Damian McDonald, Anthony McIntosh, Josh McIntosh, Walter McIntosh and hero of yesteryear Leigh Rickert.
Jon Tuiono raised the flags with four goals and Anthony McIntosh was successful with three goals.
Among the most consistent performers at Wattles, front-rower Jimmy Johnson provided a great example for team-mates in his Player of the Match effort in his team’s 22 – 32 loss to Warwick.
Johnson scored two tries in Wattles’ total, with winger Dominic Hansen and centre Anthony McIntosh also touching down, and McIntosh kicking four goals.
Winger Ashley Dempsey, hooker Alex Morris and form five eighth Josh Henry were others to really step up in a team performance that impressed Coach Wally McIntosh.
The scores were locked at 18 all at half time, and then 24 – 22 in Wattles’ favour with five minutes remaining. However, two tries in the final minutes saw the Cowboys snatch a hotly contested victory.
Wattles take on the Dalby Diehards at Platz Oval this Sunday from 11.30am, the A Grade going head-to-head for the prestigious Rod Frahm Memorial Trophy.