STRONG ATTACK: Robert Ryan challenges the Cherbourg defence.
STRONG ATTACK: Robert Ryan challenges the Cherbourg defence. Claudia Williams

Stags start South Burnett season strong

RUGBY LEAGUE: Nanango Stags will be looking to continue their strong start to the season when they face the Kingaroy Red Ants next week.

The Stags had a strong start on Saturday night in their first game of the season, defeating the Cherbourg Hornets in Murgon.

Nanango coach Matt Heit said the team's performance over such a strong side was a positive sign for the season.

"I thought it was a good tough game by both teams,” Heit said.

"It was a test to see how we were going to go because they are the benchmark, I reckon.”

Leading into the second half the Stags were down by two points.

The team stepped up and kept Cherbourg from finding the try line before the Hornets were awarded a penalty and scored in the final minutes of the game.

Heit said the key to Nanango's success in the second half was making sure the team were backing up their big boys in defence.

"We had to stay patient and continue our defence,” he said.

"Our defence holding Cherbourg to 12 points in any game is a great effort because they are so good at moving the ball.”

Leading into the game the Hornets had the advantage of more game time, having defeated Murgon in round one and taking out the Mundubbera Nines.

In defeating one of the strongest teams in the competition, confidence in Nanango's potential for the season had grown but Heit said the team would continue to put in the hard work at training.

"There is still a lot we have to work on and try and improve each week,” he said.

The Murgon Mustangs took on the Wondai Wolves in the first game of the double-header on Saturday night.

It was 32-4 to Murgon before the Wolves forfeited the game.

MATCH RESULTS

  • Nanango 30 def Cherbourg 12
  • Wondai forfeited at half-time to Murgon - at half-time the score was Murgon 32 to Wondai 4