Monto clinches nail-biter

Gayn­dah Gla­di­a­tors come up short in 30-26 loss

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

THE Monto Roos scored a 30-26 win dur­ing Fri­day night’s rugby league clash against the Gayn­dah Gla­di­a­tors.

It was a game of chang­ing for­tunes, with Monto’s Louis Be­necke the first to score, with the Gla­di­a­tors push­ing back to take the lead 10-4.

Roos’Wayne Smith and Shane Carter lev­elled the score to 10-all, be­fore Gla­di­a­tors’ Matt Ul­coq scored a try with con­ver­sion by Chris Rodwell to take the lead 16-10 go­ing into the break.

At half-time, the Roos were told to “hold the ball, don’t give it away”, while the Gla­di­a­tors were be­ing urged to “try to get up to hold (the Roos) down (and) make the fel­las work”.

Game an­nouncer Vin­nie Sch­mierer de­scribed the hotly con­tested sec­ond half, with both teams hav­ing “bright pas­sages of play aided by strong de­fence”.

“Two quick tries in the sec­ond stanza put Monto back into the game,” Sch­mierer said.

“How­ever, the home side ral­lied to grab four-point­ers and set the match for an ex­cit­ing fin­ish.

“Scor­ing went with ball pos­ses­sion, with the lead chang­ing sev­eral times.

“Monto sealed the match in the closing min­utes to lead 30-22.

“A late surge by Gayn­dah closed the gap, with Monto get­ting the nar­row win.”

Gla­di­a­tors’ coach Glen Op­per­mann and Roos’ pres­i­dent Wayne Jones had praise for both teams, which were field­ing new play­ers, but de­scribed sim­i­lar is­sues in ball pos­ses­sion and de­fence.

Op­per­mann said the Gla­di­a­tors had at­tacked well through­out the game, but de­fence needed work.

“We need to get back to ba­sic stuff, get back to de­fence,” Op­per­mann said.

“Our attack tonight, when we had the ball we did re­ally well with it. Right from the word go ev­ery­thing seemed to go ac­cord­ing to plan.

“Just their de­fence let them down at cer­tain times, but it’s just a mat­ter of get­ting over that.”

Jones said the Roos had gone into the match with good num­bers in train­ing and match-fit play­ers.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do on our de­fence,” Jones said.

“A lot of silly mis­takes cost us, made us do a lot of hard work that we didn’t need to do.”

Dur­ing the sec­ond half, Roos’ player Bran­don Brown said his team was try­ing to hold the ball and avoid mis­takes.

He named Shane “Squirt” Carter and Louis Be­necke as the Roos’ best play­ers for the match.

Glen Op­per­mann Right from the word go ev­ery­thing seemed to go ac­cord­ing to plan.

1. Gayn­dah’s Chris Rodwell loses the ball as the Monto Roos close in for a tackle.

2. The Roos are away with the ball.

3. Glad­i­a­tor Ju­lian Guy­att tries to out­run the Monto Roos.

4. Gayn­dah Gla­di­a­tors move to in­ter­cept the Roos.

5. Monto’s Louis Be­necke tack­les Gayn­dah's Ben Ber­rie.

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SHORT RUN: A Glad­i­a­tor's run comes to an end.

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