USQ’s Martin Van Staden (right) scored 27 points in his side’s loss to Bears at the weekend.
USQ’s Martin Van Staden (right) scored 27 points in his side’s loss to Bears at the weekend.

Bears claw out key win over Saints

RUGBY: Martin van Staden deserved a win at the weekend.

Van Staden scored all 27 points for USQ Saints, but his haul wasn’t enough to get his team over the line.

Trailing 24-0 early in the second half, Toowoomba Bears clawed an impressive 31-27 victory.

Bears forwards played a leading role in the second half revival, driving USQ backwards and giving their classy backline room to move.

Aaron Sillitoe, Brian Chong Nee, Matt Penberthy, Alex Rangiira and Matt Penberthy all scored tries for Bears in the second with William Jackson striking three from five conversions.

Van Staden scored four tries, two conversions and a penalty goal.

Rangers head into the Wagners Risdon Cup A-grade finals with an unbeaten record.

The Toowoomba outfit, who has a bye in the final round of the regular season, beat Condamine Cods 36-17.

The minor premiers won seven of their eight games and drew 22-22 with Bears in round three.



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