Woolf waits on two charges

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - JON TUXWORTH jonathon. tuxworth@ news. com. au

THE Townsville Black­hawks will today de­cide whether to fight the grade one charges handed out to Sione Lousi and Jonathon Reuben.

The pair were slapped with charges in the wake of last week­end’s 22- 20 loss to Ipswich in Win­ton, with Lousi put on re­port for a sec­ond- half shoul­der charge and Rueben a dan­ger­ous throw.

Reuben will not miss any matches should he take an early guilty plea, but Lousi – who will miss one game with a guilty plea – could miss up to two games if he goes to the ju­di­ciary.

“We haven’t de­cided on any­thing just yet, we need to have a re­ally good look at it,” Black­hawks coach Kris­tian Woolf said.

“They’re grade one charges so they’re fairly min­i­mal, but we want to make sure we’re not ac­cept­ing some­thing that’s not a charge.”

Rueben took his Queens­land Cup lead­ing try tally to 24 in Win­ton, and Lousi was one of the Black­hawks’ best thanks to his strong car­ries.

Woolf has named the same 17 that played in Win­ton, with half­back Michael Parker- Wal­she ex­pected to miss an­other week be­cause of a ham­string in­jury.

The Black­hawks again hit the road this week­end, this time to take on the Burleigh Bears.

Satur­day’s game comes at a cru­cial time for the Black­hawks, who can lock in their fi­nals spot with a win.

Fifth on the Q Cup lad­der, the Black­hawks sit above Souths Lo­gan ( 6th) and Ipswich ( 7th) who trail by two wins with five games re­main­ing, although the Black­hawks hold a su­pe­rior for and against record.

The Black­hawks’ run home be­gins with Burleigh, fol­lowed by the CQ Capras in Rock­hamp­ton and then their fi­nal home game against the PNG Hun­ters.

A bye fol­lows be­fore the last reg­u­lar sea­son game against the Sun­shine Coast Fal­cons.

The Black­hawks suf­fered a shock 20- 18 loss to Burleigh in Round 7, part of a mid- sea­son form slump cul­mi­nat­ing in the record 42- 4 loss to PNG.

The Black­hawks went on to win their next six games, only to have the streak bro­ken by last week­end’s be­low- par per­for­mance.

“I was re­ally dis­ap­pointed with it, I thought we were re­ally poor after watch­ing the tape,” Woolf said.

“We’ll have to be much bet­ter be­cause Burleigh have been in a good patch of form and they were solid in their ( 32- 26) win against the Sun­shine Coast last week.

“It’s al­ways a tough trip to Burleigh and it’s go­ing to be their old boys day as well, so it’s an­other big test.”

Black­hawks for­ward Sione Lousi.

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