Cowboys take close win at home
A TRY early in the second half by Adam Byrne delighted the crowd as the Warwick Cowboys beat Dalby 32-28 at Father Ranger Oval yesterday.
Byrne started the day with two tries in reserve grade and then scored a double in A-grade as he played in two winning teams.
Early in the second half, halfback Ryan McIvor broke through well inside his own half and brilliantly drew the defence and passed to Byrne outside the quarter line.
Byrne showed plenty of pace to score in the corner.
McIvor was prominent and showed the booming punt kick he possesses to drive Dalby downfield. He often led the kick chase himself.
Warwick led 18-10 at half-time and then scored the next try but three mistakes enabled Dalby to stay in the game.
First Warwick dropped the ball on the line for Dalby to score, then let a kickoff go over the dead ball line and the Diehards scored from the resulting set.
Finally, Dalby responded to a third Warwick try in the second half with one of its own after a Warwick forward was penalised for a tackle infringement.
Captain Peter Giffin rated his halves McIvor and Jordan Henry as two of his best.
"This is their second week together in the halves," Giffin said.
"We played all right but lost our composure a bit in the second half."
Henry cut through from 15m later in the game to keep Warwick in front and help withstand a strong Dalby finish.
In the first half, centre Rory Weribone, who scored the winning try, was at his best weaving his way over from 20m for a try.
As always, forward Garry Ellery was hard to stop in attack and defended well.
- Warwick 32 (Rory Weribone 2, Adam Byrne 2, Jordan Henry, Garth Miller tries, Garth Miller 4 goals) d Dalby 28.
Half-time Warwick 18 led Dalby 10.