Team mates Aaron Scheid and Liam Ross look on as Wattles’ back-rower Luke Baker sails in to score in Wattles 34 - 26 win over Southern Suburbs at Clive Berghofer Stadium last Sunday.
Team mates Aaron Scheid and Liam Ross look on as Wattles’ back-rower Luke Baker sails in to score in Wattles 34 - 26 win over Southern Suburbs at Clive Berghofer Stadium last Sunday. Glyn Rees

Wattles set to test Roosters

WATTLES Coach's the McMillan brothers, Glen and Russell, are under no illusion that Sunday will be Wattles' biggest test this season.

They take on the Valley's Roosters at Herb Steinohrt Oval in Sunday's TRL Match of the Day. Wattles have already mixed it with Valleys back in Round 5 and were defeated 40 – 28 at Platz Oval.

Reigning Premiers Valleys are perched in third place on the TRL ladder, and are coming off a win over Gatton last week.

But Wattles threw out a genuine challenge to the Roosters in the early season encounter, and with their confidence up after recent successes, they should be formidable opponents in Sunday's top grade clash.

The inclusion of representative winger Dale Dempsey will boost Wattles backline firepower, the prolific try scorer missing last week's match with injury. Clever hooker Josh McIntosh also comes into the side on the bench.

Wattles forwards have stepped up to the mark in recent weeks, their performance at the heart of the teams successes.

Co-coach Russell McMillan commented “the forwards must handle Valleys star studded pack and take us forward, our halves Nielsen and Woodbridge and outside backs are more than capable of scoring the points”.

A win on Sunday could see Wattles ease into the top five given they are level with fifth-placed Newtown on 15 competition points, and one point behind Goondiwindi.

A win would also see them with seven success from the past eight games since the McMillan's took the helm, a remarkable form turnaround.

Glen McMillan has his side “focused on Sunday's match, there is no pressure on us, every win is a bonus”.

Former Brisbane Bronco fullback and English Super League player Tony Duggan will run on in reserve grade for the Warriors, his first match since turning out for premiership winning Lézignan at Narbonne in the French Elite One Championship in May.

Matches kick off on Sunday at 11.30 am (Under 18), 1.00pm (Reserve Grade) & 2.30 pm (A Grade).



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