LEADING FROM THE FRONT: Strong hit up from Fono Lemalu.
LEADING FROM THE FRONT: Strong hit up from Fono Lemalu. Matt Collins

PHOTO GALLERY: Red Ants have a break after nail-biting win

RUGBY LEAGUE: It took until the final two minutes for Kingaroy Red Ants to get the points against Murgon Mustangs in their A-Grade senior rugby league clash on Sunday at Wondai.

In a game where the lead bounced back and forth several times, Red Ants secured the win with a try just before full time, winning 28-26.

An energetic crowd enjoyed an exciting game of rugby league with some impressive tries scored from both teams.

The win means Kingaroy finish the regular season in second place.

They will now have two weeks off to refresh and recover in readiness for their semi final clash with the strongly favoured Nanango Stags.

Coach Darren Geiger was impressed with the boys' efforts and never really thought they were out of the game.

"Murgon never got more than two tries ahead so I always knew we were a chance at getting the win," Geiger said.

The Kingaroy coach thought Murgon played very well in spurts and their attack was strong but a lot of dropped balls cost them in the end.

 

"Murgon are definitely a dangerous side, they really contained us well in their half. I thought Barwoo Fisher played well for them today," he said.

With stand out performances from Adam Geiger, who directed his forwards well from hooker, Luke Evans and fullback Brady Roberts who broke through some tired Murgon defence to score a great try, Kingaroy look good coming into the pointy end of the season.

Nanango will obviously be no pushovers in the finals series this year after making light work of the Red Ants at their last encounter trouncing them 54-12.

But nothing is certain in finals time in any sport and the Red Ants coach gives his boys every chance of success.

"Nanango will be tough in the finals, if we get our defence right and control the ruck we should do well," Geiger said.

In other games over the weekend, Nanango was too good for a resilient Wondai team winning 54-20.