ROOST­ERS SHOCK YARRABAH

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ATHER­TON looks set to have the big­gest say in the run to the CDRL fi­nals af­ter claim­ing Yarrabah’s scalp and back­rower Tyson Burchell says there’s more to come.

The Roost­ers frus­trated the Sea­hawks out of the game on Sat­ur­day night, turn­ing the screws early in the sec­ond half to run out vic­tors 28-18.

Both teams were sloppy in the first half but the home side felt they had the mo­men­tum go­ing into the break and Burchell said they made the most of it.

“It would have been the sec­ond or third set when they dropped the ball and we got a penalty, and we just went up the mid­dle and ended up scor­ing a try out wide.

“We de­fended re­ally well from there ac­tu­ally. They just kept drop­ping it and we got them frus­trated I think.”

Burchell said the young side learnt plenty of les­sons from their nar­row loss at Yarrabah ear­lier in the year and added dis­ci­pline and fit play­ers since then, cul­mi­nat­ing in the 10point win.

“We just got a bit of go-for­ward and we didn’t try to go too wide too early, just go straight be­fore we go wide,” he said.

Burchell said the big dif­fer­ence in the past month was at­ti­tude, which has led to three wins in their past four games.

They are all timely re­sults, with the Roost­ers on the look- out for a new coach for 2018 in what will be the club’s 100th sea­son.

While some teams are feel­ing the pinch at the back end of the sea­son, the Roost­ers are re­ju­ve­nated and Burchell said while fi­nals were out of the ques­tion, they were ready to cause some havoc among the ti­tle con­tenders.

Ather­ton could harm Tully’s fi­nals hopes next week and will fin­ish with Innisfail Brothers.

“We’ve got a cou­ple of the top teams com­ing up and we should be able to give them a shake-up,” Burchell said.

South­ern Sub­urbs beat Moss­man/Port Dou­glas 46-22 and Ma­reeba beat Ed­mon­ton 48-20 in CDRL A-grade re­sults on Fri­day night.

The Gla­di­a­tors’ win keeps them two points from Innisfail Brothers, but they would have to rely on the lead­ers los­ing at least two of their re­main­ing games to make a play for top spot.

Sub­urbs are still math­e­mat­i­cally in the hunt but face the top three teams on the run home.

Pic­ture: JUSTIN BRIERTY

Tyson Burchell.

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