B grade captain Todd Barden taking a run up the middle.
B grade captain Todd Barden taking a run up the middle. Michael Doyle

B grade gain big victory

RUGBY UNION: Dalby have withstood a tough semi final battle against St George to progress to the grand final qualifier next week.

The Downs Rugby B grade major semi was a grind for both sides, who each had their moments in the contest.

The opening to the contest set the tone, as both forward packs tried to establish themselves.

The Wheatmen we able to take an early 5-0 lead after 10 minutes, but it would be St George who looked more likely to score.

St George crahed over five minutes later to take a 7-5 lead.

The arm-wrestle continued before Dalby broke the game open just before half time with a try, taking a 12-7 half time lead.

Dalby's opening 15 minutes of the second half was outstanding, scoring two tries and threatening to run away with the game.

But St George, like they have all season, stayed in the contest, and a fortunate bounce led to their second try.

At 24-12, St George pressed the Dalby line, camping themselves in the WWeatmen half for the last 20 minutes of the game.

However the blast pass often did not go to hand, as the Wheatmen defended bravely to take the win.

Dalby coach Steve Gillespie said his team had plenty to work on ahead of their match next week.

"We were less than what we trained for in that game,” he said.

"We have a few things to do at training but it was good to get the win at home.”



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