Cods make Dalby work for win
In front of a huge crowd at John Ritter Oval, the Dalby Wheatmen showed their toughness and class in a hard-fought win over the Condamine Cods.
The match was physically demanding on the players, as the Cods tried to shut down the fast-paced Wheatmen side by being strong in tackles and at the breakdown.
The Wheatmen took a 15-0 half-time lead with two tries, but were challenged regularly on their own goal-line as the Cods proved they are a team on the rise in the Risdon Cup.
The first-half highlight saw Dalby's Fijian flyer Sepo Tuitotoya showing his tremendous speed and power to score the game's opening try.
The second half was again a tight affair, with the Cods trying to crack a resolute Wheatmen defence.
Dalby was tested but never seemed threatened in the second half, scoring the only try of the half to run out with a 20-0 victory.
Wheatmen coach Nathan Bradley he was happy with how his team performed.
"We worked on things at training that we wanted to get right and we did that today,” Bradley said.
"We wanted to get a bit of hardness into the team. We worked on that at training and there is no better team to do that against than the Cods, who are one of the toughest teams in our competition.”
Bradley used his reserve bench heavily in Saturday's match, saying he was pleased he was able to trust his players in B-grade.
"We used six (B-grade players) today and we had four regulars out,” he said
"We're using more than half of a B-grade side and it is a great position to be in, knowing you can rely on those blokes to perform well and get the job done.”
Despite the 20-point loss, the Cods' performance has shown a definite improvement from the start of the season, and shows they will be a contender for the finals.
Cods captain Roger Geldard said there were a lot of positives for his team.
"Start of the second round today and we are certainly on the up,” Geldard said.
"Momentum is going in the right direction, the attitude is great and the numbers at the club are up, which is really good for us.”