POSITION SWITCH: Winger Mitch Watson takes the ball up for Toowoomba before the start of the 2019 fixture season. He will be at fullback for the Cowboys.
POSITION SWITCH: Winger Mitch Watson takes the ball up for Toowoomba before the start of the 2019 fixture season. He will be at fullback for the Cowboys. Gerard Walsh

Watson at fullback as Cowboys play Brothers

RUGBY LEAGUE: The regular Warwick Cowboys halves combination will return to the starting 13 for Sunday's clash with Brothers in Toowoomba.

Half Paul Cantwell and five-eighth Coedie Tandy are back in the side after being unavailable last week.

Matt Marshall moved from centre to five-eighth last week but has work commitments this week so will be replaced in the centres by Jaime Abbas.

Marshall won the Hutchies Player of the Round last week after starring in the win against Goondiwindi at Goondiwindi.

With regular kickers Marshall and Mick Bloomfield unavailable this week, coach Matt Grew will be looking at a third option.

Mitch Watson will start at fullback after moving to the back when Craig Donn left the field with a knee injury late in the win against Goondiwindi.

While Brothers are in the bottom half of the points table, Grew said his team would be treating the game like any other.

"Craig is the regular fullback and brings a lot of experience to the role while Mitch has been in outstanding form on the wing. Mitch was a fullback in the under-18s.”

Grew said hooker Ben Sullivan was playing exceptional footy.

"Ben is getting better every week. It would be a great achievement if he can make the Queensland Rangers team this season,” he said.

Sullivan is the one Warwick player in the Central Crows team to play in the state divisional championships after which the Rangers team will be named.

This Sunday, Warwick will play Newtown in second-division at 10.10am as a forerunner to three games between Warwick and Brothers.

A-grade is at 2.30pm and a win will boost the Cowboys chances to make the Madsen Rasmussen Trophy final in June between the leaders at the end of the first round.

After this weekend, Warwick has successive home Sunday games against Pittsworth and Highfields. Warwick will play Texas in second-division as the first game on June 2 in Warwick.

While Warwick shares the A-grade lead with Wattles, the Cowboys are in sixth place in reserve grade and eighth place in the under-18 competition.

Table A grade: Wattles 10, Warwick 10, Valleys 7, Goondiwindi 6, Gatton 6, Dalby 5, Highfields 4, Oakey 4, Pittsworth 4, Brothers 2, Souths 2.



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