Wattles go into battle with Tigers
WATTLES host Toowoomba’s Southern Suburbs Tigers in all grades in pre-season rugby league trials at Platz Oval today.
Both sides will be keen to hone their skills in preparation for the start of the Toowoomba Rugby League season on April 11.
Last weekend Wattles went down 44-18 in wet conditions to Fassifern Bombers in the A-grade game at Hayes Oval, Harrisville.
In the main game, coach Cameron Hamblin had 22 players at his disposal.
Fassifern led 34-0 at half-time before Wattles won the second half.
Hamblin was pleased with his side’s first season outing.
“They played against tough opposition in heavy conditions. Our defence was very good for the opening 15 minutes before Fassifern scored and got a roll on, but the Wattles’ ball control was exceptional across most of the match,” Hamblin said.
The coach was reluctant to single out players, as he was happy with all who took part.
Injuries to key players Tim Hentschel and captain Aaron Scheid shortened their matches. Hentschel has bounced back to be named in this week’s side, while Scheid has a knee concern and is a non-starter.
Rampaging front-rower Carl Gale registered a fine debut for Wattles against Fassifern. Gale, back-rower Lauchlan Hoey and five-eighth Jordan Henry all shone in Wattles’ under-18/19 team’s performance despite their loss.
Second-rower Nathan James also stood out with some stinging defence.
Today at Platz Oval, the under 18 game against Tigers is at 4.30pm, reserve grade is at 6pm and A grade at 7.30pm. Wattles host Warwick in the Barrett Shield on March 27.