LEADING BY EXAMPLE: The Cowboys 18's will be looking for captain Coen Martin-Brown to guide the way in their top of the table clash tomorrow.
LEADING BY EXAMPLE: The Cowboys 18's will be looking for captain Coen Martin-Brown to guide the way in their top of the table clash tomorrow. Gerard Walsh

Top spot on the line

RUGBY LEAGUE: They picked up a big scalp last weekend and on Sunday they'll have a chance to claim another.

The Warwick Cowboys under-18 side scored one of their best wins of the season, defeating second-placed Southern Suburbs to overtake them on the competition table.

On Sunday, they head to Dalby with the top spot on the line as they aim to sit at the summit of the ladder for the first time since the opening round.

The U18s haven't tasted defeat since round three, when Dalby stormed home to win by just two points at Father Ranger Oval.

Indicative of how close the competition is, a loss could see the Cowboys drop to as low as fifth, with Valleys, Southern Suburbs and SouthBurnett all hot on their tails.

They will be without winger Tom Lloyd and interchange player Bill Upton.

Coach Matt Grew said his team would try and learn from the mistakes they made back in round three.

"We built a handy lead against Dalby but blew it in the second half,” he said.

"You can't afford to dothat against a quality team.”

A strong start was the catalyst for a win over Southern Suburbs last week and Grew said they're aiming for a similar beginning.

"We need to apply pressure early on and maintain it,” he said.

"Playing Dalby on the road is always going to be tough.

"If we start out strong, complete our opening sets and hold onto the ball, then we'll go a long way towards winning.

"When the boys are out there having fun, they produce their best footy.”



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