Poor dis­ci­pline costs Cods

Side re­ceives two red cards in loss

Chinchilla News - - SPORT - Michael Doyle Michael.Doyle@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

RUGBY UNION: The Dalby Wheat­men have con­tin­ued their charge to the fi­nals with an em­phatic vic­tory over their Western Downs ri­vals, the Con­damine Cods.

The Wheat­men had mul­ti­ple omis­sions pre-game but did not let the Cods into the con­test.

The Cods were their own worst en­emy, con­ced­ing one yel­low card and two red cards in the match.

A high-tackle from fly­half Char­lie Friend in the ninth minute sent him to the sin bin, and the Weat­men cap­i­talised, scor­ing 14 points.

Dalby stretched its lead out to 22, be­fore the Cods crashed over through full­back An­gus Smith.

But the Cods soon un­rav­elled con­ced­ing their fourth try five min­utes from half time, fol­lowed by lock Sonny Power be­ing sent off for an open-handed strike.

The Cods held their own with 14 men in the first 20 min­utes of the sec­ond half.

But any faint hopes of a mirac­u­lous come­back were eroded when winger Nick Van Bakel was shown a red card for a punch on Dalby’s Brock Carmichael.

Dalby scored 33 points in the last 20 min­utes to take the win 62–7.

Wheat­men coach Nathan Bradley said his team’s per­for­mance was in­spir­ing, con­sid­er­ing the num­ber of omis­sions be­fore the game.

“Hav­ing 19 play­ers across the club out and to have these boys step up and play a top-five club makes you proud to be a Wheat­man,” Bradley said.

“It was a tough and phys­i­cal game but our boys let the foot­ball do the talk­ing.”

Cods coach Ben Tay­lor said he found pos­i­tives to take out of the loss, as his side pre­pares for the fi­nals se­ries.

“It was a re­ally gutsy per­for­mance from our boys,” Tay­lor said.

“There were a cou­ple of lapses in dis­ci­pline but, to at times play with 13 men against the reign­ing pre­miers, gives you pos­i­tives to take out.”

In C grade the Chin­chilla River Rats con­tin­ued their march to the fi­nals af­ter a de­ci­sive win against the Wheat­men.

The 28–5 win keeps Chin­chilla on top of the ta­ble.

The River Rats opened the scor­ing in the first minute through a An­thony Ma­her try.

Chin­chilla con­tin­ued to pile on pres­sure, as the Wheat­men tried to work them­selves into the con­test.

The game was an arm wres­tle from start to fin­ish, with Chin­chilla scor­ing three more tries to Dalby’s one.

River Rats coach Lind­say Ashby said his side played good rugby to take the win.

“We’ve just come off the bye, so to come back and play like that is very pleas­ing he said.

“It was a very tough game. Chin­chilla and Dalby have a lot of re­spect for each other and it is al­ways a great game to play in.”

PHOTO: MICHAEL DOYLE

IN FORM: Dalby half­back Brock Carmichael clear­ing the ball from a ruck against the Cods.

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