Wattles Warriors remain undefeated
A HAT trick of tries at Platz Oval by winger Brayden Wilson paved the way for the National Farmer's Warehouse Wattles Warriors to claim their third consecutive win of the first three rounds of the 2018 Toowoomba Rugby League season on Saturday evening, accounting for Brothers 40-12.
A prolific try scorer playing his first top grade game of the 2018 season, Wilson was among the front runners for last season's TRL award for the most tries in the season.
Wilson's form against Brothers impressed coach Travis Burns who said he was a quality finisher and would cross the tryline many more times this season.
Brothers were first on the scorboard through a try by lock Jake Head after eleven minutes, before Braydon Wilson ran in two tries in the space of as many minutes down the eastern touchline of Platz Oval to give Wattles a 12-6 lead in what had been a slow start for the Warriors.
Midway through the first stanza a mighty charge by Dylan Wilson took play to the Brothers quarter for back-rower Mitch Koina ran an perfect inside line of half back Matt Duggan to score and have Wattles ahead 16-6.
Duggan was again in superb form playing a role in all Wattles tries and gained best player accolades.
Wattles twenty year old former Ipswich Jets Colts A grade debutante Andrew Richardson showed he is well up to the task, and while he was sin binned in the 25th minute, the talented winger emerged in the second half to add two vital tries to the Warriors total.
Wattles extended their lead to 20-6 ten minutes in to the second stanza when Duggan brothers Matt and Ryan combined close to the Brothers tryline resulting in a try to Ryan.
A Brothers try ten minutes from full time by five-eight Sam Betros saw Wattles lead reduced to 30-12, befor home side touchdowns in the final five minutes by Richardson and Harry Fulwood sealed the Warriors victory.
While snaring the premiership points brought a smile to the coaches face on a day when Wattles were also victorious in reserve and under 18 grades, Travis Burns has no doubt his charges can lift to another level.
"I'm happy with the two points,” Burns said.
"But the scoreboard flattered us.
"We still have a lot of work today on our ball control, a 50percent completion is just not good enough.”
Another concern was the loss of representative back-rower Ty Gardner helped from the field with a serious leg injury in the 56th minute.
Wattles 40 (Braydon Wilson 3, Andrew Richardson 2, Mitch Koina, Ryan Duggan, Harry Fulwood tries; Matt Duggan 4 goals) defeated Brothers 12 (Jake Head, Sam Betros tries; Jake Head, Sam Betros goals).
Wattles 'Railway Hotel, Allora' reserve grade side continued there unbeaten run with dominant 64-6 win over Brothers.
Front-rower Mitchell Duff scored two tries in a polished performance, also named his team's player's player.
Clever five-eight Josh Henry was a constant danger to the Brothers defence with his attacking talents, while forwards Tom Henry and Harry Shooter also stamped their authority on the result.
Winger Dale McAntee opened Wattles scoring account with a try in the second minute of the game paving the way for the home side to lead 28-6 at half time.
The Warriors thrilled the home crowd as they found another gear scoring a further six unanswered second half tries on the road to victory.
Wattles 64 (Josh Henry 3, Dale McAntee 2, Mitchell Duff 2, Blake Lollbach, Garth Lonergan, Tom Henry; Tom Morris 10 goals)
Brothers 6 (Nicholas Nairn try; Adam Sutton goal).
Hooker Jack Duggan was in superb form as he played a key role in the Wilson & Rigby Smash Repairs/Willett Electrical Wattles Under 18 side's 38-34 win over Brothers, team mates five-eight Will Flynn and centre Matthew Christensen also shining in the confidence-building result.
Coach Shaun Henry showered praise on his team who have struggled in the opening games of the season with low player numbers.
The Brothers side had a significant size advantage and led 24-12 at half time, before Wattles made a rousing second half comeback scoring five tries to one and snatch their initial victory of the season.
Wattles 38 (Matthew Christensen 3, Cahal Davis, Jack Duggan, Will Flynn, Declan Sullivan tries; Jack Duggan 5 goals).
Brothers 34 (Matthew Ziedler, Jordan Fisher, Liam Sauney, Joseph Brandon, Mitchell Washington, Adam Coutts tries; Adam Coutts 4, Jamie Dolley goals)