Monto squeezes win over Gayndah
THE Monto Roos head into the finals series next week with winning form behind them after overcoming Gayndah in a tight contest and now wait on other results to see who they will play.
Monto Roos coach Mathew Dahtler said despite the Gladiators coming off a heavy loss, the team expected a hard game and got one.
“This being Gayndah’s last home game we expected it to be pretty tough,” Dahtler said.
“We played Gayndah earlier in the year and I’m pretty sure they only had 13 players and they played really well at home that game so we expected something similar.
Monto won the game 16 points to 14 after a tight contest that had both teams trade the lead.
“The conditions were just miserable today, you probably couldn’t get much harder conditions to play in,” Dahtler said.
“The wind and the cold made it very difficult for both sides and I’d say this would have to be one of the hardest games we’ve had during the year.”
Dahtler said that last week’s big win wasn’t the best way to come into this game.
“Our game last week probably made it more difficult for us this week.” Dahtler said.
“But a nice tight game like this is as good a lead up to the finals as we can have.”
Dahtler said with the finals coming up tonight’s win wouldn’t be enough to keep the Roos in good form.
“We came here today knowing we had to win to give ourselves a chance in the finals but there is still no guarantee,” Dahtler said.
“We’ve got work to do, some aspects of tonight’s game were disappointing.”
HARD HITTING: Gladiators captain Damien George taking on the solid Monto defence.
Gladiators lock Malcom Lambell crosses for a try.
Monto winger Jarrod Dathler almost getting through the Gladiators defence.
Gladiators winger Daniel Bradford beats Monto winger Zach Lappin to the ball and scores.
Gladiators Michael Medew and Joshua Robertson knock the ball loose in big tackle.
Gladiators fullback Mitchell Ballin picks up the loose ball and makes a run.
Gladiator prop Trent Berrie being driven back by the Monto line.