North Ward’s hopes surge
NORTH Ward Old Boys put one foot in the finals door last weekend, and now they want to prove they will be a premiership threat.
The Old Boys play Brothers at the Sports Reserve today, a week after edging past fellow top- four hopefuls Ross River 26- 19, further cementing their place in the Townsville and District Rugby Union top four with five games to play until finals.
But Brothers made the biggest statement by thumping competition pacesetters Teachers West 54- 13 in what was arguably the season’s most eye- raising result.
The Old Boys and Brothers have clashed twice already this year, and while Brothers have emerged winners in both games Old Boys captain Daniel Withers says his team is not intimidated.
“I’m sure Brothers will want to take another step up,” he said.
“It was obviously a big performance from them and to do that against Teachers shows they mean business. In our games against them we’ve played about 60 good minutes before dropping off, so we’ll definitely need to improve.
“But we’re keen to prove ourselves as premiership contenders.”
North Ward surged to a 21- 7 halftime lead against Ross River last weekend but the Redskins outscored them two tries to one in the second.
“We’re still a bit rusty. We blew a few chances,” Withers said.
“But it’s always good to get a win against Ross River because they’re a good team.
“We took a bit of confidence out of it and we’re really looking forward to the test against Brothers.”
Ross River will aim to stay in touch with North Ward when they host Burdekin at Bindal Sports Ground.
Teachers have the chance to bounce back against Charters Towers in today’s other game at Mike Carney Toyota Park, although the Bulls put up an impressive fight in last weekend’s 41- 19 defeat to Burdekin.