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

Costly Cods mistakes lead to big Wheatmen win

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

The Wheatmen had multiple omissions pre-game, but did not let the Condamine 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 fly half Charlie Friend in the ninth minute sent him to the sin bin, and the Weatmen capitalised scoring 14 points.

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

But the Cods soon unravelled conceding their fourth try of the game five minutes from half time, and then 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.

Condamine at times threatened the Dalby line, trying to come back from the 29-7 deficit.

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 would score 33 points in the last 20 minutes to take the 62-7 win.

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 Wheatmen,” 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 playing with 13 men against the reigning premiers gives you positives to take out.”

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C GRADE...

RUGBY UNION: The Chinchilla River Rats have continued their march to the finals in the Downs Rugby C grade competition.

The River Rats took a decisive win against their rivals Dalby last weekend.

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.”


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