Two big blow-outs in league rounds
Rugby league: Injuries and absentee players lead to two big blow-outs in the rugby league this weekend.
The Murgon Mustangs cantered to victory over the Wondai Wolves 66-20 while the Cherbourg Hornets stung the Nanango Stags to win 52-24.
Mustangs coach Jason Webber was pleased with his team's win.
"We had a big win but I'm not getting too carried away with it,” Webber said.
"Wondai did have a few players out and that makes a big difference.”
Despite winning in the end Webber said from the outset victory looked far from assured.
"For the first 20 minutes we couldn't hold onto the football, there were lots of dropped balls and penalties,” Webber said.
"Then it clicked and we put on some great tries, there were a couple of good 60-70m tries.”
Webber reckoned Barwoo Fisher had one of his best games of the season.
"He played 5/8th, he ran the footy, scored a couple of great tries and set up a lot of attacking plays,” Webber said
"Fisher was very strong in defence as well.”
Dummy half Codie Beggs was also in fine form.
"He was playing in a few positions, including dummy half and second row,” Webber said.
"His work rate was really high, lots of good defence and he got two points.”
The win set the Mustangs up for what will be a tough game against their historic rivals Cherbourg next weekend.
"It'll be one versus two on the ladder and definitely one the boys look to play well in,” he said.
In the Cherbourg/Nanango game work commitments contributed to a weaker Stags roster.
Still, club secretary Rebecca Jackson said the Nanango boys played well.
"We played alright but there's still room for improvement,” Jackson said.
She said Jackson Mladenovic made his senior debut and won the Player's Player award.
Other notable players included Drew Jackson who busted the Hornets defensive line a few times, as well as Warwick Keating.
"He's 41-years-old but he stepped up to play centre, he was very handy and not afraid to get tackled,” Jackson said.
"He busted the line a couple of times.”
The try scorers for Nanango included Drew Jackson, Josh Barkle and Aaron Benson, while Ashley Smallwood kicked four from four.
On the Hornets side tries were scored by Keith Gadd Jnr, Nathan Gadd, Ralph Gyemore, Kane Liddy, Errol Simpson and Thomas Simpson.
Lewis Hopkins kicked seven from seven.