Kieran Harvey on the attack for Nanango.
Kieran Harvey on the attack for Nanango. Claudia Williams

Stags defeat Mustangs on home turf

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Nanango Stags defeated the Murgon Mustangs at home on Saturday night 46 points to 30.

Coach of the side, Matthew Heit, said while it was good to get the competition points, the team had areas of improvement to make to stay in the mix this season.

"It was good to get a win at home it wasn't the best game we have had all year,” Heit said.

"We didn't play our best, our completion rate wasn't great and we dropped a lot of balls.

"It was one of those games that we scored enough points.”

To ensure more success this season Heit said his team have got to improve their fitness and make sure they hold onto the ball.

Despite the score at full-time co-coach of the Murgon Mustangs, Paul Brunjes, was proud of his team's effort on the day.

"With what we had I thought we went really good,” he said.

"We were down a few forwards but I was proud of the effort the boys put it in.”

The team toughed out the game when they were down on numbers.

They started the game with 16 players which was reduced to 15 when one player sustained an injury in the first half.

"I was really rapt with the effort the boys put in and we couldn't ask for much more,” Brunjes said.

"Most of them played a full game and I think they know how they would feel if they were fitter and it is up to them to put in the work.”

Brunjes said despite their slow start to the season the team was capable of defending the premiership.

"It is a bit up and down there is not much between the top two sides and we have just got to get up to that level,” he said.

The team is now looking forward to hosting the Stanwell Nines competition this weekend.

With good mobile forwards in their side Brunjes believes the nine-a-side games will favour the Mustangs.

"It will be really good and we hoping to have a really good side,” he said.

"We have got some small quick players that will be good in that format.”