Mustangs knock out Brumbies in extra-time
THE under-manned Murgon Mustangs' under-16's rose to the occasion to secure its second win of the season in extra time.
Up against the Central Burnett Brumbies, the teams were left level-pegging on 30-30 after full-time.
But the Mustangs managed a tight 42-36 win and revealed to Mustangs' president Ian Wilson the competition is still open to seemingly the most unlikely odds.
"We were not expecting to do as well as we did," he said.
"Half the team was off crook."
The extra 10-minutes added was the do-or-die motive needed to carry the Mustangs across the line.
But the Brumbies were the first to score to put the pressure back on the Mustangs as the minutes ticked by.
In the final five minutes of extra time the Mustangs were miraculously able to break through and score twice to secure the win.
"It was a straight out cliff hanger," Wilson said.
"I think the boys played like a family.
"They played for each other."
The win in the knockout round earned the Mustangs a spot in the preliminary finals to play the Cherbourg Hornets.
In the major semi-final the Kingaroy Red Ants disassembled the Hornets in the dying moments to finish 30-28 and progress straight to the grand final.
The final moments of this game was almost a scene borrowed from the A-grade game as fights broke out amongst the Hornets' side.
Hornets' A-grade player Alex Speedy said this was a concern for the future of the club.
U12 Murgon beat Kingaroy 12-10
U12 Cherbourg beat Kingaroy 26-22
U14 Cherbourg beat Central Burnett 18-16
U14 Kingaroy beat Nanango 14-4
U16 Murgon beat Central Burnett 44-36
U16 Kingaroy beat Cherbourg 30-28