Suns shine in victory at home
THE Chinchilla Suns are basking in glory at the top of the ladder after winning their second consecutive game for the season.
The Suns beat the Highfields Lions 68-39 on Saturday in their first home game of the year.
President Troy Wischnat said the Lions were quickly rattled after the Suns kicked off strongly in the first quarter.
"Last year we were really close level teams. They beat us by about five points last year, so we knew we were on par but there's always been a reasonable rivalry between us. They are a good team and once they get some more players they will be a bit stronger,” he said.
Highfields was down a player so the teams went head to head, 16-a-side, with five sitting on the bench for the Suns.
"Highfields tried to rough us up a little bit in the second and third quarters but we started out pretty strong and then they got a bit physical trying to get back in the game, but we managed to overcome that to come home strong in the last quarters,” Wischnat said.
"We had an advantage with our young guys able to get the ball out there and it was good they were able to stand up once the physical pressure was put on as well.
"They (Highfields) were more attacking the man than the ball. We have enough experience in our team for the guys to be able to look after the young ones pretty well but doing that consistently over four quarters takes it out of the older guys as well.”
The Highfields attack made for a scrappy game Wischnat said.
"We knew that was going to be the case coming into this year so we've tried to stick to the disciplines of our game,” he said.
"We're not a team that gets involved with that. They can follow those tactics as much as they like but we're going to play the ball and that's what got us home in the end.”
He said while the players are feeling confident after their wins, they are yet to play their two most challenging games.
"We have a bye next week and then we have our toughest couple of games coming up: Dalby and Warwick. Warwick will be pretty tough to beat but we're playing them on home ground so that should help us a bit,” he said.