Warwick centre Bob Nicholls scored three tries in a 70-14 victory at Platz Oval. Michael Hodge (left) is one of the Wattles defenders.
Warwick centre Bob Nicholls scored three tries in a 70-14 victory at Platz Oval. Michael Hodge (left) is one of the Wattles defenders. Gerard Walsh

Warwick too good for the Wattles

THE form of back rower Jarred Bradfield in his A-grade debut was one of the high points of the Warwick Cowboys 70-14 A-grade victory against Wattles at Platz Oval yesterday.

Warwick led 50-0 at half-time but there was some spirited resistance from Wattles in the second half.

After 18 minutes of the second half, Wattles trailed 60-4 when five-eighth Tim Hentschel kicked ahead for winger Ben Maloney to brilliantly gather the bouncing ball. Wattles lock Nick Colthup backed up well to put Liam Ross over for a try.

Soon after, Warwick fullback Hayden McNicol picked up a Wattles kick behind the Warwick line and ran 70 metres up field before being tackled by Wattles centre Luke Baker.

There were a couple of punches and shoves in the second half which proved yet again that regardless of position on the table or the state of the scoreboard, games between Warwick and Wattles are tough encounters.

Warwick coach Gary Lawrence was happy with the run-on debut of Bradfield and also paid tribute to under-18 player Brayden Hockings who came off the bench in A-grade after a full U18 game.

“Brayden replaced a player who didn’t turn up,” Lawrence said.

“We came to do a job and did it reasonably well before getting side-tracked in the second half.

“The team was trying to score off every play.”

Wattles coach Cameron Hamblin said his side turned up to play in the second half.

“We had some late changes which didn’t help but were beaten by a better team” Hamblin said.

Hamblin rated Luke Baker, Jason Nightingale and Michael Hodge as his best players.

Warwick made it a clean sweep on a cold, windy day at Clifton yesterday with wins in reserve and U18 grades.

Wattles plays Dalby this weekend in the TRL.



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