TEAM TALK: St George Fillies were met with fierce competition in Toowoomba at the weekend.
TEAM TALK: St George Fillies were met with fierce competition in Toowoomba at the weekend. St George Frillnecks

A tough slog for Fillies in Toowoomba

RUGBY UNION: The St George Frillnecks Fillies travelled to Gold Park on Saturday for a tough round of rugby.

The ladies went to battle against competition veterans Dalby and Condamine, followed by another gruelling bout with the Rangers.

In the first game, Fillies coach Simon Lane said the girls were eager to show Dalby they meant business right from the word go.

"The girls gave Dalby no room to run, pushing them back through strong defence and forcing numerous mistakes,” he said.

"However, once we gained possession, the girls spread it out wide but they were met with an evenly matched defensive line.”

The Fillies had some unlucky bounces come their way and and were put under pressure, forcing errors in their passing which Dalby capitalised on scoring twice.

However, Lane said the Fillies never gave up.

"Alice Rathie showed desperation as a last line of defence to make sure every other break away opportunity was shut down,” he said.

"An exceptional display of ball running saw Reeghyn Beardmore manage to swindle through the solid defence to score and convert her own try.”

But when the final whist blew it was not enough with the Fillies going down 12-7.

In the second game against Condamine, Lane said the Fillies showed no signs of slowing down, however the rugby gods were too tough winning 22-0.

"Once again we faced a fierce Coddettes side and with a few handling errors they got on top of us,” he said.

But the Fillies weren't going home empty handed and in the third and final game a fresh set of legs took the field against the home-side Toowoomba Rangers.

Lane said the Rangers were out for redemption after their loss against St George in the last carnival.

"Rangers threw everything they had at our girls, trying to attack out wide, thinking they could run around our winger Tia Fransisco,” he said.

"Tia quickly showed the Rangers that she was the captain of the ship by rushing the line and not missing one tackle.

"Some exceptional field coverage from April McClarren saw her charge down the field for two long distance ties and her own conversion.”

The Fillies were able to hold their heads high, winning their final game 12-0.

The next carnival will be held in Warwick on June 8, with the Fillies looking to make up for lost ground conceded at the weekend.



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