Wattles aim for victory
WATTLES' struggle to secure Toowoomba Rugby League premiership points failed again on Sunday at Toowoomba's Glenholme Park, the Queensland Farmers Warehouse A graders on the wrong end of a 58-0 loss to Brothers.
The Warriors below par initial 40 minutes in the main game provided little opposition for the home side Leprechauns who led 40-0 at the half time break after running in seven unanswered tries.
Former Wattles representative back Brenden Wilson crossed for two tries wearing the Brothers colours, while his centre partner Nathan Gaulton added four tries to his season total.
Wattles lifted the tempo with a better second half, but the damage was done with Brothers scoring four second stanza tries to cement victory and slide into second place on the premiership ladder.
Luke Baker was voted Wattles' player's player for his strong all round effort, team skipper Glen McMillan, lock Liam Ross, back rower Aaron Scheid and fullback Russell McMillan also giving their all against dominant opponents.
Wattles will be working overtime on their defence and ball security this week if they are to be any chance of worrying the Dalby Diehards at Platz Oval this weekend. The Warriors one on one defence was non-existent against Brothers, deficiencies leading to many points scored against them.
Coaches Glen and Russell McMillan are looking to a minor miracle to see Wattles lift their status on the competition ladder, after eight rounds the top grade line-up are yet to win a game.
Perhaps an omen though is that Wattles played eight rounds last year from the season start for just one victory, and then burst into premiership contention winning five games from Round 9 to Round 15.
In lower grades on Sunday Brothers were successful overall, winning reserve grade against the Railway Hotel Warriors 28-12, after toppling the Allora Foodworks Under 18s 48-16.
Giant front-rower Justin Wade won both Wattles best player and player's player honours in reserve grade, with hooker Dean Cubby and fullback Chris Oliver also shining in a match that was well within Wattles' grasp.
Talented forward Jimmy Johnson was Wattles outstanding player in the Under 18 clash, also voted player's player, front-rower Lee Lousick and hooker Michael Duggan also among Wattles best.
Wattles are chances of victory in all grades this weekend against Dalby, and invite all local league supporters to Platz Oval this Sunday to cheer them to victory.