Warriors battle on without veteran
WATTLES will miss the experience and speed of veteran back line star Russell McMillan tomorrow when they take on the Goondiwindi Boars at Gilbert Oval.
McMillan has been in impressive form in Wattles initial five fixture matches this season but he and talented utility player Dean Cubby sustained injuries in their last outing against Valleys that has them on the injured list this week.
McMillan ignited the Wattles attack against the highly rated Roosters last week, scoring in the opening minutes before Wattles led 16 – 6 eight minutes from the break.
Defensive lapses saw Valleys draw level 16-all by half time and eventually win 40-28 but Wattles was more than a competitive force.
Former divisional representative back Tim Hentschel moves on to the wing for Wattles against the Boars, while Matt Tuiono takes a place on the bench and Josh McIntosh is promoted to top side hooker.
Both he and Tuiono making their first-grade debuts in the green and gold.
Outstanding front-rower of recent weeks Ashley Evans will run in the centres tomorrow in McMillan's absence, a position with which he is familiar having been a state representative centre in his junior league days.
Wattles has three new faces debuting for the club in reserve grade in Simon Cook, Mathew Sweedman and, from the Torres Strait, Donald Mooka.
Wattles pair Jeffrey Neilson and Luke Baker will play for Toowoomba Country against City at Dalby today. This will be a trial game to select the Toowoomba Clydesdales side which will contest the upcoming Central Division Championships in Bundaberg.
Wattles centre/back-rower Matt McCarthy was also selected but will miss the match due to a one-game suspension.
Matches start tomorrow in Goondiwindi with under 18s at 11.30am, reserve grade at 1pm and first grade at 2.30pm.
As with Wattles, the Boars have a single win from five rounds this year and they fought out a draw with Gatton at Cahill Park last Sunday.
On home turf they will definitely be a challenge for the Warriors.