North Ward suc­cess en­sures fi­nals spot

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRENT SLAT­TER

NORTH Ward have ce­mented their place in the Townsville and Districts Rugby Union fi­nals with a 29- 19 win over last year’s grand fi­nal­ists Bur­dekin at Mike Carney Toy­ota Park.

The two sides have a his­tory of en­ter­tain­ing clashes this sea­son and they pro­duced the goods again on Fri­day night as North Ward squared the ledger at two wins apiece.

Young guns Lach­lan Cavallin and Bernard Chong were both im­pres­sive for North Ward and coach Chris Ca­leo was pleased to see his side take con­trol with a fi­nals spot on the line.

“It was pretty im­por­tant for us to get that win to se­cure that last spot in the fi­nals,” Ca­leo said.

“The Bur­dekin boys al­ways play a good, tough game of footy and there were a few bro- ken peo­ple by the end of it, but we en­joy play­ing them. All four games ( this sea­son) have been pretty tight af­fairs. That’s a pretty good in­di­ca­tor we’re pretty close in terms of type of football we play.”

North Ward and Bur­dekin will face off again dur­ing the fi­nals and Ca­leo ex­pected an­other ex­pan­sive con­test, but he was con­fi­dent the Old Boys would be up for the chal­lenge.

“We’ve still a few rough spots to work on but as long as we can get over a few in­juries should be able to field a pretty com­pet­i­tive side,” he said.

Mean­while, Brothers re­main an out­side chance of snatch­ing the mi­nor pre­mier­ship from Teach­ers West fol­low­ing their 87- 5 thrash­ing of Ross River on Satur­day.

Winger Ja­cob Martinez scored five tries and booted 11 goals while Eric Rademacher scored a dou­ble.

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