Wattles’ 17-year-old winger Brodie Sharman will play in today’s first grade clash with the Oakey Bears at Oakey.
Wattles’ 17-year-old winger Brodie Sharman will play in today’s first grade clash with the Oakey Bears at Oakey. Contributed

Wattles wary of wooden spooner Bears

DESPITE the loss of three key players, coach Luke Duggan feels quietly confident his Wattles outfit will have the measure of the Oakey Bears when the two teams clash today at Oakey.

Wattles are coming off a dominant 48 - 12 win over fellow top-of-the-table club Pittsworth in their last outing, but will run on this afternoon without regular fullback Jackson Green, centre Brenden Wilson, and winger Robbie Moore.

Ryan Duggan remains on Wattles injury list, but Brandan Purcell has proven more than capable in Ryan's five-eighth jersey in recent weeks.

"We have some players unavailable, but we still have a strong side," coach Luke Duggan affirmed.

Premiership-winning forward Kim Phoenix returns to the Warriors line-up today, adding ability and experience to the green and gold pack.

While Wattles are placed third on the first grade ladder, Oakey will collect the wooden spoon this season, finishing bottom of the points table in both the first and reserve grade competitions.

"The Bears may have endured a disappointing season, but we certainly won't be taking them lightly," said Duggan.

"We need to win to be in the best place possible for the finals. Oakey will be looking to give a good account of themselves in front of their home crowd in their final game of the year."

Regular bench utility players Dan Manley and Luke Baker move into the centres for Wattles, with prolific try scorer Joel Koina moving from the three-quarter line to fullback.

Young winger Brodie Sharman will run on in his second A grade match of the year.

Sharman has scored 18 tries this season and kicked 19 goals for 110 points from 11 Under 18 matches.

 

Game day

Where: Oakey

Times: under 18s 11.30am, reserve grade 12.55pm, A-grade 2.30pm.



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