BRL premiership is not a three-horse race
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.
STILL IN THE MIX: Wallaroos beat Wests Panthers to send a reminder to the favoured teams.