ATTACKING PLAY: The Wheatmen have been encouraged to play fast rugby union by their coach.
ATTACKING PLAY: The Wheatmen have been encouraged to play fast rugby union by their coach. Sam Flanagan

Bradley issues a licence to thrill

RUGBY UNION: Wheatmen coach Nathan Bradley has told his players to use speed and width in attack in this weekend's grand final qualifier.

Dalby will meet Rangers on Saturday afternoon at 3pm for the opportunity to play Goondiwindi in the Risdon Cup grand final.

Both teams go into the contest with confidence but for different reasons.

Dalby went down to Goondiwindi last weekend by one point, the closest any team has come to beating the minor premiers this season.

Rangers produced their best performance of the season to eliminate USQ Saints from this year's competition.

Bradley and the Wheatmen are hunting for their third consecutive premiership, and the coach has told his squad to play fast, attacking rugby.

"We need to play quick and with width in attack,” he said.

"We want to win the competition and we will need to play a different style of rugby against Rangers.”

Bradley had plenty of praise for the Toowoomba-based side who finished the home-and-away season in fourth place.

He said Rangers were a side which had come together well in the back half of the season.

"They have been able to finally put the same team out on the park for consecutive weeks and have been playing consistently,” Bradley said.

The Wheatmen B and C grade sides also face grand final qualifiers at home this week.

B grade will play the Condamine Cods at 1.30pm, while the C grade Wheatmen face a formidable Goondiwindi side in the day's opening fixture at noon.



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