Teach­ers work to solid win

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON

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.

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