Matt McCarthy is surrounded by three Warwick defenders in the Barrett Shield game at Father Ranger Oval on Saturday night.
Matt McCarthy is surrounded by three Warwick defenders in the Barrett Shield game at Father Ranger Oval on Saturday night. Diane Essery

Warriors victorious

THE 38-10 scoreboard confirmed the Cowboys were right to think wrangling in the Warriors during their Barrett Shield battle on Saturday night would be tough.

The Wattles set the theme for the night early on, claiming two quick tries in the first 10 minutes.

The Cowboys put their first points on the board after Shaquille Tonga broke through the Warriors defensive line.

As the stakes got higher, tensions reached boiling point.

The crowd got louder and tackles got bigger - leading to the inevitable biff or two in the centre of the field.

But as half-time drew closer Wattles full-back Jackson Green made a quick break from a scrum to score right under the posts.

A third successful conversion put the Wattles in a comfortable 18-4 lead at the break.

The second half started much the same as the first with Wattles scoring two quick unanswered tries.

The Cowboys did come close to crossing the line a few times but struggled to hold on to the ball and complete their sets.

Car horns honked and the green and gold supporters jumped to their feet clapping as Wattles' Matt Duggan brought the team's score to 32.

With only seconds left on the clock and the scoreline sitting at 38-4 in favour of Wattles the crowd had counted the game over.

But like any good Cowboy, the boys hung on tight.

Persistence and teamwork helped Cowboys player Garth Miller over the Warriors line for the first and only time in the second half.

Miller placed the ball through the posts to round up his team's score to an even 10.

Cowboys' president Peter Locke described the game as a "top class game of footy".

Wattles captain Glen McMillan said he was pleased to have the Barrett Shield in his hand.

"It was a tough clash," he said.

 

Post-Mortem

Quote of the week

"Wattles have strengthened up this season. It is going to be a tough game." - Cowboys coach Ken Coles, during a pre-match interview.

Go-to man

Wattles player Matt Duggan played a big part in his team's victory scoring five conversions, earning the Terry Doyle medal.

Your shout

"Warriors help one another out." Wattles fan cries out during the under 18 clash.

Try of the day

Reserve grade: Wattles player Josh Henry kicks the ball along the ground down the field. Matthew McCarthy picks it up and outruns the Cowboys to cross the line for the first of his four tries during the match.

Did you know?

The first Barrett Shield match was played in 1993. Warwick has won it 11 times and the Wattles 9. They drew in 2000 and shared the trophy.

Point getters

Wattles 38 (Mitchell Koina 2, Luke Baker 2, Joel Koina 2, Jackson Green, tries; Matt Duggan 5 goals) defeated Warwick 10 (Shaquille Tonga, Garth Miller tries; Garth Miller goal).



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