Red Ants, Stags vic­to­ri­ous

Chinchilla News - - SPORT -

Chin­chilla is re­cov­ery af­ter bruis­ing en­coun­ters with Kin­garoy and Nanango over the week­end.

A marked im­prove­ment on the field on Satur­day had the Kin­garoy Red Ants un­der-14s re­cover from their 62–0 thrash­ing at the hands of Gayn­dah the week be­fore.

Coach Gordo Min­ers said there was a no­tice­able im­prove­ment in his team’s de­fence which held back Chin­chilla White 44–0.

As the U14 Red Ants pre­pare to take on Gayn­dah again at the week­end, Min­ers said they needed to con­tinue their tight­ness in de­fence, as well as look to re­lease the ball ear­lier.

With the favourable mar­gin built, Min­ers said it was com­mon for the U14 Red Ants to hold onto the ball rather than pass it off and was not al­ways the best op­tion.

“We started to hold the ball when we should have been let­ting the ball go ear­lier,” Min­ers said.

De­spite this, the Red Ants played a strong run­ning game, with many of the tries scored through the guts.

In the sec­ond U14 match on Sun­day, South Bur­nett again fin­ished on top af­ter the Nanango Stags de­feated Chin­chilla Green 28–18.

U14 Stags coach Ryan Smith said it was a tough match but, once his play­ers “got into a grind”, they were able to take the game away from the vis­i­tors.

With just one loss so far this sea­son, Smith said the Stags had shown plenty of good form. Even with calls Smith did not feel the Stags deserved, he said Nanango was able to stay in the game.

“Ev­ery time they forced er­rors, we got pe­nalised. That’s what they’re trained to do, force er­rors,” he said.

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