Wattles player lands first goal of match for All Stars
RUGBY LEAGUE: The TRL All Stars proved too good for the South-West Emus in the inaugural Indigenous All Stars game at Clive Berghofer Stadium.
The All Stars held on for a 28-20 win on Saturday night after the Emus clawed their way back into the game.
Ricky Davies got the All Stars on the board in the first quarter with a try, which was converted by English import and new Wattles recruit Jordan Gale for a 6-0 lead at quarter-time.
Billy Jackwitz and Daniel York then crossed in the second quarter to give the All Stars an 18-0 lead.
The Emus responded with a try to Wayne John Weribone to see the All Stars lead 18-4 at half-time.
The game could have nearly been over just before three-quarter time when the All Stars looked to have an overlap on the far side of the ground only for Emus winger Charlie Adams to pluck out an intercept and run 60 metres for a try to make a game of it at 18-10.
Young half Wally Peglar then put the Emus within two points of the All Stars with a converted try at the start of the final quarter making the score 18-16.
But then fullback Jeffrey Weber and lock Daniel Holmes gave the All Stars some breathing space with tries before Phil Waters crossed for a consolation try for the Emus to see the score finish at 28-20.
"It got a little bit tight at the end there but we got the result in the end," TRL All Stars coach Eugene Seddon said.
"It was a lot closer than expected. I was probably expecting to run away with it, especially when we jumped out to 18-0.
"But to the Emus' credit, they came back and really made a game of it."
All Stars second-rower Ricky Davies was named man of the match.
Emus second-rower Nathan Gaulton was disappointed with the result but was pleased to be part of the new Indigenous All Stars concept.
"I feel honoured to be honest, to represent my culture, to represent my community and represent Toowoomba," he said.
"I played a lot of seniors here, won a premiership here through Brothers so I just wanted to give back to the community.
"I played a lot against these boys, I never had the opportunity to play with them, so for something like this here I think it's something pretty special to be part of."