IMPRESSIVE: Jason Wilson has been called into the Wattles A-grade side to play Valleys .
IMPRESSIVE: Jason Wilson has been called into the Wattles A-grade side to play Valleys . Braydyl Pix


IN WHAT is shaping up as their biggest challenge of the 2018 TRL season so far, the National Farmers Warehouse Wattles Warriors A-grade side will venture to Herb Steinohrt Oval in Toowoomba tomorrow to take on competition front-runners Valleys Roosters.

Both Wattles and Valleys are undefeated in the competition's initial three rounds, with tomorrow's game Wattles' first away from their home turf at Platz Oval this season.

Coach Travis Burns is expecting a ruthless encounter with the Roosters and his Wattles side is missing a number of key players attending regular half-back Matt Duggan's wedding. Those on leave include Matt Duggan and co-captain Ryan Duggan along with fullback Jackson Green.

Classy centre Jake Hargreaves is also an omission from the Warriors line-up in a game that will test the club's depth. Representative back-rower Ty Gardner and experienced finisher Brodie Frizzell are also out recovering from injuries.

"We have a number of young players stepping up to the A-grade plate against Valleys, some with top-grade experience,” Burns said.

"It's certainly going to be a test for the team but I am confident we are up to the task of collecting the premiership points.”

Team skipper Dale Perkins has full confidence in the revamped Warriors' ability.

"It's a great opportunity for the young guys coming into the side and adds to our bank of players capable of playing top grade,” he said.

Debutante winger Blake Lollback has earned an A-grade jersey after an encouraging start to the season.

The 18-year-old has been a regular achiever in reserve grade and is looking forward to the challenge of running on in the top side for the first time.

Andrew Richardson impressed in his A-grade debut for Wattles in their win over Brothers last Saturday and will fill the fullback gap as Wattles' last line.

A confident Richardson is "expecting a hard and physical 80 minutes of footy” against the premiership leaders.

"Anything other than a win is unacceptable if we are to prove ourselves this season,” he said.

Another to shine in reserve grade of late is forward Mitchell Duff. The 21-year-old will add mobility and size to the Wattles pack at 118kg and 180cm tall in his initial top-grade game of the season.

Workaholic back-rower Jason Wilson will also don first-grade colours for the first time this season when he runs out against Valleys playing lock.

Quiet achiever Wilson's work rate and never-say-die attitude will be a bonus in the Warriors pack as they battle to assert themselves against classy opposition.

Burns will pull on Matt Duggan's No.7 jersey playing halfback, teaming up with clever five-eighth Josh Henry, who has shone as the reserve-grade play-maker in recent weeks.

The A-grade mentor is aware of the challenge his side faces against the competition high-flyers but feels the team that will take the field will compete ably.

"We may have won our first three games of the season but it's important we all focus on the game at hand and not look ahead,” Burns said.

"We also need to focus on the basics and have patience, we have let ourselves down at times recently.”

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