North Ward’s hopes surge

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON

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.

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