River Rats conquer Rangers
UNION: The Chinchilla River Rats gave the Toowoomba Rangers the run around on the weekend, claiming a comprehensive 34-7 victory.
The Rats went into this match with confidence, knowing that if we got a good start then we would build a solid platform to work from.
This was soon the case after only three minutes of play when a perfect set move had centre Auryn Nelmes running onto a pass from five-eighth Chris McEvoy to score between the posts.
River Rats forwards Jamie McCaw and Malcom Valler were outstanding when the match resumed, dominating the rucks with punishing tackles and causing several turnovers, which halfback Brodie Hopper used to send his forward runners over the game line with a great selection of passes.
Fullback Dustin Tennyson was also proving a handful when picking up any loose ball that was kicked into the River Rats' half by Rangers.
The River Rats soon looked to the bench and injected Dean Bender, Dave Hancock, Sam Roberts, Dean Tapusoa and Chris Olm.
The River Rats kicked into overdrive and were simply outplaying a desperate Rangers side, which was making several mistakes in general play.
A well-drilled River Rats forward pack led by Josh Wolski and Canadian Jody MacLeod soon found themselves hammering the Rangers' goal line.
MacLeod proved to be a handful, making several runs into a desperate Rangers defensive line with Sam Roberts picking up a ball close to the Rangers' goal line and powering over for a great team try.
With the match now into the second half and the River Rats' back line using the ball at every opportunity, it wasn't long before Dean Bender showed a great turn of speed to slide in behind his opposite number and score an excellent try.
Rangers, who never gave up, made several runs at the River Rats' goal line but were well-contained by some excellent defence, especially from Damien O'Brien and Dean Tapusoa.
Englishman George Taylor, playing his last game before heading home, scored an excellent individual try out wide, which was soon followed by a try to Dean Tapusoa and Chris McEvoy.
The final score was the River Rats over the Toowoomba Rangers 34-7.
Tries went to Chris McEvoy, Sam Roberts, Dean Tapusoa, George Taylor, Dean Bender and Auryn Nelmes. McEvoy had two conversions.
Caltex Star Mart Player of the Day went to Auryn Nelmes. Jamie McCaw picked up two points and Jody McLeod one point.