Teachers work to solid win
THE march of the Bulldogs continues in the Townsville and District Rugby union, with Teachers West thumping Ross River 36- 10.
Missing four players because of Queensland Country duties, Teachers still stuck to their workaholic ways to keep Burdekin under wraps virtually all game and take their winning run to 14 consecutive games.
Teachers captain Chris Barlow led by example just one day after the birth of his child, and under- 19s playmaker Curtis Rayment impressed on the wing after an 11th hour call- up.
“We had the opportunity to score a couple more tries, but our boys definitely played well and put in the effort to get that win,” Teachers coach Terry Shiells said.
“Ross River were missing a few players as well, but we certainly needed to put in the effort to get that win.
“We’re not a big side by any stretch of the imagination and we work hard for every win we get.”
North Ward kept their own run of form alive with a 19- 7 win over Brothers, who also had a handful of players with Queensland Country.
The Brethren scored first to finish half- time up 7- 0, but North Ward overturned their sloppy opening effort to score three tries and secure arguably their biggest scalp of 2015.
“We’re on a bit of a run which is good for our confidence,” Old Boys coaching co- ordinator Trent Johnston said.
“We’re starting to get a good group of players who are playing very well together,” he said.
Western Suburbs led for most of their game against Burdekin, but were denied their first win of the season after the Canetoads kept their composure to scrape home 24- 21.
The Heelers finished their representative tour on the weekend with a 20- 15 loss to the NSW Cockatoos.
It was bitter spill to swallow for the Heelers, who downed North Canterbury ( NZ) 34- 21 at Ballymore on Thursday.
The Heelers went without Teachers forward Kris Nielsen against the Cockatoos, who could miss some club matches after suffering a facial laceration.
Bulldog Chris Barlow unloads.