BRL premier­ship is not a three-horse race

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

WAL­LA­ROOS sent a timely re­minder to those who be­lieve this year’s Bund­aberg Rugby League sea­son is a three-horse race.

Many pun­dits be­lieve the BRL premier­ship is down to only Past Broth­ers, Her­vey Bay Seag­ulls and Wests Pan­thers, but Wal­la­roos proved they, and po­ten­tially fifth-placed Isis Devils, can still shake things up.

A week af­ter they top­pled Past Broth­ers, Wests trav­elled to Mary­bor­ough’s Eskdale Park to face Wal­la­roos in a match they were ex­pected to win.

No­body sent Wal­la­roos a copy of that script and a Ce­cil Sul­li­van master class led the home side to a 34-24 win in their fi­nal home game of the sea­son.

Sul­li­van earned high praise from coach Colin Scott for his per­for­mance, although the Queens­land Ori­gin great was quick to point out the ef­forts of play­ers across the park.

“Ce­cil was out­stand­ing, Berks (Mark Berk­ery) was great, Arthur Salt­ner was a hand­ful and big Ash Rain­bow up front ... they had out­stand­ing games,” Scott said.

“The for­wards did their job to­day and the boys have come along well.

“There is still a bit of work to do but we’re get­ting there.”

Wal­la­roos’ des­per­a­tion to beat Wests was proved when, in the 78th minute and hold­ing a 10-point lead, Pan­thers Ge­orge Kepa broke the line and off­loaded to Trent Seeds.

Seeds is one of the quick­est in the com­pe­ti­tion and when he set off, ev­ery­one thought he was about to score his 17th try of the sea­son.

Not so Wal­la­roos’ diminu­tive full­back Keith Gadd Jnr, who dragged the speed­ster down about 10m out from the try­line.

An er­ror two tack­les later sealed vic­tory.

“This was a game we tar­geted for a long time so it was great to see,” Wal­la­roos pres­i­dent Scott Robert­son said.

“There’s still a way to go and we’ve got a cou­ple to come back.”

Barn­storm­ing front-rower Will Jung is one of those yet to re­turn and Scott must now de­cide whether to risk the rep­re­sen­ta­tive prop in two weeks against Easts Mag­pies.

Wests coach Nathan Tan­ner said his team’s lack of pos­ses­sion in the first half proved costly.

“We didn’t see much of the ball for the first 30 min­utes and it’s al­ways hard to score when you don’t have the ball,” Tan­ner said.

“We just didn’t turn up to­day.

“All this talk about Bay and Broth­ers – Roos were great to­day and we’re around. We’ll go back to the draw­ing board and come back bet­ter.”

Scott Robert­son This was a game we tar­geted for a long time so it was great to see.

PHOTO: TRACEY JOYN­SON

STILL IN THE MIX: Wal­la­roos beat Wests Pan­thers to send a re­minder to the favoured teams.

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