Nick Colthup (with ball) is a key player for Wattles against Warwick tomorrow.
Nick Colthup (with ball) is a key player for Wattles against Warwick tomorrow.

Warriors dig deep

THE Wattles Warriors will seek another mighty defensive effort from lock Nick Colthup in the A-grade game against Warwick at Platz Oval tomorrow. Colthup was Wattles player of the match at Herb Steinohrt Oval on Sunday as his side succumbed 66-0 to TRL premiers Valleys.

Games between Warwick and Wattles are always close encounters, regardless of the position of teams on the TRL points table.

The first local derby is the under-18 game at 11.30am with A-grade kick off at 2.30pm.

The Wattles A-grade side is focused on avenging its 38-6 loss earlier this year in the Barrett Shield but will be without captain Matt McCarthy, due to work commitments.

Exciting young back Marshall Scott, who has been on the injured list in recent weeks, will be eased back into the line-up, filling the gap left by McCarthy.

The son of ex-Queensland and Australian Test fullback Colin Scott, his attacking flare, natural ability and speed will be a bonus to coach Cameron Hamblin as he matches up against the Cowboys.

Last Sunday was a tough day for Wattles against a club with five of the six Toowoomba players in this season’s Central division side.

Valleys Roosters put on an awesome display of power for their supporters on their home turf, racking up 13 tries in a dominant display that confirms yet again their premiership favourite tag.

Roosters fullback and former Melbourne Storm back Gus McKellar scored four tries for Valleys while brilliant five-eighth Ned Murphy and forward Jack Collings posted three apiece.

Wattles had held Valleys to a 28-0 lead at half-time but, due to their endless defensive work load, Wattles’ frustrations showed, resulting at one stage in skipper McCarthy and Ned Murphy being dispatched to the sin bin.

Play erupted in the 74th minute spilling over the sideline which resulted in a number of disciplinary reports to the Toowoomba Rugby League.

After a win against Wattles, Valleys are level pegging with Dalby on the top rung of the TRL premiership ladder, both undefeated after six rounds.

The Queensland Farmers’ Warehouse Warriors were best served in defence by Colthup, front-rower Jason Nightingale and centre Luke Baker in the game against Valleys.

Young under-18 back Travis Downie made his first-grade debut off the bench, and was responsible for a number of try-saving tackles.

In somewhat of a “baptism of fire”, Downie handled the pressure well against the competition’s most talented opponents, earning praise.

He will need to also play well against a Cowboys side full of confidence after a runaway win against Pittsworth on Saturday night.

Brenden Wilson, McCarthy, Tim Hentschel, Brady Glass and reserve grader Luke Miller, who came off the bench for 30 minutes of play, all impressed against Valleys.

Wattles congratulates Max Somes (U13), Matthew Denny and Brodie Sharman (U14), and Lee Lousick (U16) on their selection in the 2010 South West Mustangs representative sides to contest the Queensland Rugby League Junior Championships in Rockhampton in early July.

Teams for tomorrow: 1 Brenden Wilson, 2 Ben Maloney, 3 Marshall Scott, 4 Luke Baker, 5 Scott Murdoch, 6 Tim Hentschel, 7 Xavier Manley, 8 Jim Hegarty, 9 Michael Hodge, 10 Jason Nightingale, 11 Brady Glass, 12 Jesse Keys, 13 Nick Colthup, 14 John Blaine, 15 Dan Sullivan, 16 Liam Ross, 17 TBA. Coach: Cameron Hamblin.

Railway Hotel, Allora, reserve grade: 1 Jake Smith, 2 Steve Hughes, 3 Damian McDonald. 4 Brendan Perks, 5 Kyle Hetherington, 6 Brian Wilson, 7 John Byrne, 8 Alex Holihan, 9 Josh Johnstone, 10 Dan Ross, 11 Hamish Moore, 12 Travis Williams, 13 Luke Miller, 14 Luke Whitton, 15 Steve Prasser, 16 Sam Fuller, 17 Scott Butler, 18 Laurie Byrne. Coach: Ross Hentschel.

Allora Foodworks Under 18: 1 Travis Downie, 2 Jeremy Powne, 3 Jordan Henry, 4 Dylan Grady, 5 Dylan Burns, 6 Mitchell Rees, 7 Mark Duggan, 8 Carl Gale, 9 Liam Ross, 10 Tom Patterson, 11 Jake Dingle, 12 Tom Lyons, 13 Nathan James, 14 Cheyenne Macura, 15 Dane Harris, 16 Sharnn Reardon, 17 Jesse Lampson. Coach: Doug Peardon.

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