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Local rivalry fuels tough footy

RUGBY LEAGUE: Games of football are won on defence, according to Kingaroy Red Ants A-grade coach Ryan Sullivan.

An improvement in defending their line scored Kingaroy Red Ants their second win in the South Burnett rugby league competition this season.

The Red Ants defeated the Wondai Wolves 58 points to 22 on their home ground.

"They stuck with the game plan and what we have been working on in training. They held the ball very well and improved on areas in defence,” he said.

Both sides were not at full strength with injuries reducing numbers and Kingaroy finishing the game with no one on the bench.

Sullivan said the team would continue to strengthen their defence because it was key when coming up against Murgon and Cherbourg.

The Mustangs got the better of the Hornets in Kingaroy on Saturday, winning the physically demanding game 44 points to 32.

Murgon coach Paul Brunjes said it was the toughest game his team had played this season with friendly rivalry bringing out the best in players.

"Cherbourg are physical, that is their biggest asset and they will be very hard to beat in the final, but we will be confident,” he said.

Murgon could be without front rower Michael Giles for the rest of the season after he copped a big hit, which would a be blow to the team.

But Brunjes said a number of quality players had been key to the team's success this year.

Brunjes said the team would work hard to limit errors in their half including dropping the ball after the kick-off, which cost the team key metres on Saturday.