Red Ants, Stags victorious
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.