Tale of two as Mustangs run over Nanango
Rugby League: Murgon Mustangs coach Jason Webber labelled his side's 38-26 comeback win over the Nanango Stags on Saturday as the best win he's ever been a part of.
Down 16-0 inside the opening 20 minutes at TJ O'Neill Oval, the Mustangs looked down and out against a Stags side seemingly running on air.
Ashley Smallwood had a hand in everything for the Stags, directing play across the park and breaking through the Mustangs line for a 60m solo effort.
"They were looking like world beaters,” Webber said.
"We had a few cheap turnovers, and with the weight of possession they just kept running through us.”
Both sides were lacking key personnel heading into the contest, with Webber forced to pull on the boots for just the second time this season.
Yet he was the catalyst for a Mustangs revival, getting on the end of some patient build-up play to cross for Murgon's opening try.
In a stunning turnaround, it was the Stags who now had no answers against a bollocking Murgon front row that turned repeated sets into points.
From three tries down to all square at half time, Webber's side ran over the top of the Stags in the second half.
"It was a pretty special win - the best I've ever been a part of,” Webber said.
"We only had 16 players, we had 10 or so first-graders out and to somehow find a win is amazing.
"I take my hat off to the boys, to come back and find a way to win shows courage.”
Two under-18 players, Elwin Fequandie and Blake Mcmahon, were asked to back-up from their match in Oakey earlier in the day, and Webber sung their praises.
"The two young fellas who backed up for us were fantastic,” Webber said.
"Elwin is just dynamite, he's only 70kg but just fast as. When those forwards get tired they just can't tackle him, he's so elusive.
"Those two boys deserve a special mention for sure.”
The three-week break has come at the perfect time for the depleted Mustangs, who will hope to bring a host of players back before hosting the Red Ants on July 22.