Col­le­gians pinch grand fi­nal spot

Stanthorpe Border Post - - SPORT -

RUGBY LEAGUE: The un­der 16 Grem­lins trav­elled to Ten­ter­field on the week­end to face Col­le­gians in the War­wick and District Rugby League pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal, look­ing to se­cure a berth in this week­end’s grand fi­nal.

Af­ter vic­to­ries against mi­nor pre­miers Goondi­windi and a strong show­ing against Wat­tles in the mi­nor semi-fi­nal, the U16 team was primed for a strong match in the grand fi­nal qual­i­fier against long-time ri­vals Col­le­gians.

The young men pre­pared well with good, struc­tured sets and, in the first half, things looked promis­ing.

Ja­cob Rash­leigh and Lach­lan Swan both crossed for tries off the back of strong runs from the for­ward pack.

Jake Bur­nell was suc­cess­ful with one con­ver­sion.

Un­til the early loss of full­back Kye Wat­son, who or­gan­ises the side’s de­fence and is a brick wall in the last line, the side was trav­el­ling well.

De­fen­sive lapses gifted a cou­ple of soft tries against the run of play.

The sides went into the break 10–10 at half time.

The coach’s in­struc­tions were sim­ple – keep do­ing what you are do­ing, just bet­ter.

The sec­ond half started poorly, with a num­ber of missed tack­les lead­ing to Col­le­gians skip­ping away to a 16-point lead in the first 10 min­utes of the sec­ond half.

The boys fired up af­ter th­ese three quick tries and worked hard to get back in the game lead­ing to a sec­ond try to cen­tre Lach­lan Swan, that was duly con­verted by Jake Bur­nell to give a glim­mer of hope of a come­back.

With 10 min­utes to go, the boys looked to have scored through Tyler Sargeant in the cor­ner only to be de­nied by the touch judge.

De­spite des­per­ate ef­forts, the young Grem­lins just couldn’t cross the white stripe. They gave up an­other late try to end the game 32–16 in Col­le­gians’ favour.

To fin­ish the sea­son, this Sun­day is the Ju­nior Grem­lins prize giv­ing day at the club­house.

There will be a bar­be­cue lunch from 11.45am with kids to eat free and for­mal­i­ties start­ing at 12.30pm. Head along, with a chair, and en­joy the fes­tiv­i­ties.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Grem­lins un­der 16s play­ers lost to Col­le­gians 32–16 in the semi fi­nals on Satur­day.

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