FRILLIES: The Frillnecks played away this week and fought a tough game.
FRILLIES: The Frillnecks played away this week and fought a tough game. Laura Telford

Rugby union: St George Frillnecks play the Bears

The St George frillnecks travelled to sunny Toowoomba on Saturday and it could only be described as a typical Darling Downs day. Missing a few players to work commitments and injury, the Frillies knew that it was going to be a tough tussle up the middle.

The Frillnecks opened the scoring early with a penalty goal to Lachy Mckecknie inside three minutes. the Bears quickly regathered their troops and showed why they are sitting near the top of the ladder by piling on 25 unanswered points before the halftime whistle. Cameron Knights rallied the boys around him at half time and with some fresh legs and a bit of air in the lungs, the frillies came out strong and began to chip away at the Bears’ line.

A second try to Micheal Cochrane near full time, when the Frillnecks were down to 14 men, certainly capped off a brilliant second half showing by the boys, beating the Bears 10–5 in the half but unfortunately losing 35–13.

Three points was clearly won by hard-hitting centre Jordan Dallinger, with all-round hard man Bruce Shelly picking up the two points and captain Cameron Knights picking up one point. Congratulations must go to the Bears who, through working with the Frillnecks, created the annual Goddard Shield in loving memory of the late Darcy Goddard, who was sadly lost to us recently.

Robyn Goddard had the honour of handing the shield to the Toowoomba team for the first year. The shield will be played for every year, with the hosting rights alternating each year to even up the home ground advantage.

The Frillies travel back to the southern downs on Saturday to play the UQ Gatton black pigs.



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