Monto clinches nail-biter
Gayndah Gladiators come up short in 30-26 loss
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.
SHORT RUN: A Gladiator's run comes to an end.