Cutters make a late charge
INJURIES happen in rugby league, it’s just the nature of the game – but when four players from the one team suffer corked knees in one match, it’s a little hard to handle.
Burnett Heads lost four of its starting 13, including co-captain Andy Filo, in the game against Miriam Vale at South Kolan and with one reserve for the second half the Cutters went down 30-20.
But you won’t hear the newest club complaining about the injury toll or the fact it has to win more than it loses for the rest of the Northern Districts Rugby League season.
Trailing 30-6 against one of the top teams in the competition, the Cutters could have given up and suffered a massive loss but after the break there was plenty of spirit shown.
Tyrone Gildivich was shifted from hooker to halfback and former Waves Tigers star Barry Kalepo moved to five-eighth and Burnett Heads found some rhythm.
Just as Miriam Vale thought it was going to charge further ahead, Burnett Heads charged home to reduce the margin in one of the best performances of its season.
Club spokesman Brian Groves looked on in horror as player after player hobbled off the field but his mood changed when the comeback started.
Burnett Heads play Gin Gin and Agnes Water twice and Miriam Vale once more in the last half of the season and the equation is simple.
The Cutters have to win at least four of those five games to have a chance of a spot in the top four.
In other games, Avondale belted Agnes Water 64-12 to keep the South Kolan players looking over their shoulders. It was a dominant win by Avondale and they showed there was a challenge mounting to the dominance South Kolan had shown this year.
South Kolan beat Gin Gin 54-18 and with a few cracks appearing in the defence, this week’s opponent, Avondale, will look forward to the contest.
Miriam Vale hosts this week’s game and Avondale takes on South Kolan in a game that promises to be entertaining when two forward packs filled with skilful players clash.