STRONG WINS CE­MENT PLACE AT TOP FOR DUO

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON

start to fin­ish, with their for­wards lay­ing the plat­form as they have all sea­son.

Their mid­dle was boosted by the re­turn of sec­ond- rower Dy­lan Jensen, who had not played since Round 2 be­cause of in­jury, and rep­re­sen­ta­tive back Rainer Power, who has com­pleted a month- long re­cov­ery from an an­kle in­jury.

“Broth­ers were clearly un­der­strength and miss­ing a few of their guys, but we’ll take the win,” Bur­dekin coach Carl List said.

“We prob­a­bly pulled back on the throt­tle near the end and let a few late tries through, so that was a bit dis­ap­point­ing, but we had plenty of go for­ward.

“Our work up the mid­dle is where we are beat­ing teams.”

List said hooker Zac Heron had again proved him­self as one of the TDRL’s best in- form play­ers and praised Kurt Olsen for again step­ping up in the cen­tres.

“Zac’s been ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic for us and if he’s not on the radar of the Townsville Black­hawks or other clubs, then he should be,” List said. “Kurt’s been do­ing a re­ally good job for us as well and Rainer Power got through his first game back for us pretty well.”

Cen­trals kept their fi­nals hopes alive with an im­por­tant 46- 24 win over Char­ters Tow­ers at Kern Broth­ers Drive yesterday.

In other league news, Townsville Black­hawks and Herbert River winger Sam­sen O’Neill scored a hat­trick for the Queens­land Rangers in their 32- 0 win over the NSW Ron Massey Cup team in their clash at Coffs Har­bour.

Pic­ture: FIONA HARD­ING

FULL OF RUN­NING: Char­ters Tow­ers’ Ash Car­mody looks

for a way clear against Cen­trals dur­ing their clash at Kern Broth­ers Drive in which Cen­trals emerged vic­to­ri­ous.

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