Wattles keen to regain top spot on TRL ladder
RUGBY LEAGUE: After a bye round last weekend for Wattles A and reserve-grade teams, both will team up with the under-18 squad and head to Pittsworth taking on the Danes in a local derby at Club Pittsworth on Saturday.
Footy is high in the Pittsworth community's priorities of late: Last weekend an Intrust Super Cup match was hosted on Danes' home turf in which Souths Logan snatched a 24-16 win over Redcliffe.
It was also a day the Pittsworth Danes returned to the Hutchies Cup winners' circle with a thrilling 26-18 victory over the Highfields Eagles.
The Wattles top graders have fallen to second place on the TRL Hutchies Cup ladder, due to their bye round last weekend, now sitting a sole point behind new leaders Valleys.
The Danes are on a high after last Saturday's footy bonanza, along with their confidence-boosting success over Highfields and will be a tough hurdle at The Kennel for the Warriors.
Wattles player/coach Travis Burns is cautious coming into the clash.
"We are focused on our goal of no losses in the remaining fixture rounds,” Burns said.
"The clash with Pittsworth is a danger game, we'll be treating them with plenty of respect.”
The Warriors towelled up the Danes 86-6 back in April's Round 4 fixtures but he expects a much closer outcome this weekend.
Co-skipper Ryan Duggan and bench impact forward Dylan Wilson return to the line-up after a two-match shoulder injury spell but the Warriors won't be in top polish, given the lengthy loss of fellow co-skipper Dale Perkins (injured) and outstanding centre Nick Van Der Poel (rep duties).
Van Der Poel will cap a mighty season when he runs on to Brisbane's Bishop Park today in Regional Queensland U20 colours against South East Queensland.
"Our defence has been among our high points in recent weeks, we aim to maintain the standard against the Danes,” Burns said.
The only Wattles action last weekend was when the U18s took on the giants, Gatton, at Platz Oval, the Hawks dominating 68-16 victory.
The rampant Hawks ran in 12 touchdowns to three.
Centre Darby Peardon shone brightly in Wattles line-up, along with the consistent Jake Burnell at halfback, Matthew Christensen and big front rower Harrison 'Baz' Hunt.
Peardon, Christensen and Anthony Hodges scored Wattles' tries, with Christensen kicking two goals.
Wattles take on Pittsworth at Pittsworth on Saturday. Kick off:: U18s - 3.30pm; reserves - 5pm, A grade - 6.30pm.