Wattles remain undefeated
RUGBY LEAGUE: Champion fullback Jackson Green survived a severe first-half knock to score the final of the Wattles eight tries in yesterday's Toowoomba Rugby league Round 6 top-of-the-table clash against the Highfields Eagles at a windy and chilly Platz Oval.
The Wattles maintained their undefeated status and the TRL A-grade premiership lead after defeating Highfields 42-28, kicking on from a 26-6 half-time lead.
Coach Luke Duggan was disappointed with his side's final 20 minutes of play.
"We played well for 60 minutes," he said.
"We'll be focusing on that this week, but it was great to get the win over such a good side."
Green scored the opening try of the match in the first minute of play, running off Matt Duggan in traffic, before being felled in a heavy tackle in the 18th minute. The gallant fullback recovered to play a major role in the Wattles success, he and halfback Matt Duggan shining in the Wattles attack.
Front-rower Pat Manley has been missing from the Warriors line up the past two fixtures, but filed a man-of-the-match performance against the Eagles. Back-rower Mitch Koina returned to the field in the 27th minute for the first time since the 2013 finals series after shoulder surgery, and scored a try on the end of a 30m gallop with his first touch of the ball.
After leading 38-6 at the 45-minute mark, Wattles went off the boil and Highfields lifted to score four tries in a little over 20 minutes. Green's second try midway through the second stanza locked in the result for Wattles.
The match saw tempers boil over in the later stages, Highfields reduced to 11 men for the final minutes of the game, Wattles to 12.
Wattles 42 (Jackson Green 2, Tim Hentschel, Brod Koina, Matt Duggan, Mitch Koina, Dale McAntee, Ryan Duggan tries; Matt Duggan 5 goals) defeated Highfields 28 (Jeffrey Nielsen 2, Matthew Chamock, Aaron Thompson, Sean Hamel tries; Aaron Thompson 4 goals).
Coach Glen McMillan was thrilled with the effort of his reserve-grade side which defeated Highfields 34-22 to claim their 2014 comp points.
After leading 14-0 against top-of-the-table Highfields at half-time in under-18s, Wattles went down 28-14.