HOME AND HOSED: The Dalby Wheatmen gave the Chinchilla River Rats a lesson over the weekend.
HOME AND HOSED: The Dalby Wheatmen gave the Chinchilla River Rats a lesson over the weekend. Jessica Crofts

River Rats no match for competition leaders Dalby

UNION: With the lack of game time in recent weeks the River Rats found themselves in a struggle to keep up with the pace Dalby set from the opening kick off.

Dalby struck very early with a move down the blind side that caught the River Rats out of position to score a try in the corner, which wasn't converted.

The River Rats and Dalby forward packs were simply just giving all they had at each other. Dalby soon found holes in the River Rats defence and again scored another runaway try which again was not converted.

The River Rats found another gear and were soon asking questions of the Dalby defence and with Matt Townsend making the ball available through some good off loads the River Rats pressed hard at the try line only to miss a couple of scoring opportunities from poor ball security.

Centre, Dusty Tennyson swooped on a loose pass and showed good foot work to beat several defenders and score, which was converted by Michael Wostear.

The second half started with Dalby dominating the ruck area through some very aggressive play and asked questions of the River Rats defence, which then had several off-the-ball incidents and off-side play from the River Rats, which then leaked further points out wide to their winger who finished the day with a hat trick. With lack of games over recent weeks the River Rats found themselves struggling to keep up with the speed and physicality of a well-drilled Dalby side which looks like a side that will be hard to catch.

Winger, Simon Phillips scored next for the River Rats after a damaging run from Matt Townsend who carried four Dalby defenders over the line only to some how get the ball into Phillips’ hands to score. Michael Wostear added the conversion from out wide.

The Wheatmen finished with a 29-14 score line. The Rats next play the Rangers in Condamine on Saturday. Kick-off is 1.30pm.


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