Wondai Wolves' Mitchell Bleys holds his own against the Red Ants defence.
Wondai Wolves' Mitchell Bleys holds his own against the Red Ants defence. Madeline Grace

Winning Red Ants have plenty to think about ahead of finals

THE Kingaroy Red Ants played the Wondai Wolves at home at the weekend, opting for pink jerseys and socks to raise vital funds for cancer research.

Despite the Kingaroy side finishing the first half with a comfortable lead, the Wolves fought back in the second, however the Red Ants closed the game 10 points ahead at 52-42.

Kingaroy captain Martyn McCracken said he was proud of his team, but there was definitely room for improvement.

"Even just looking at the scoreboard you can see that really we let them score way too many tries,” he said.

"With the finals coming up though it was really important for us to win and make a statement here today.

"I'm happy with how we attacked but our defence needs some work.”

In the week leading up to the finals, McCracken said the boys would be focusing on the weaker part of their game.

"The defence we had here today just isn't going to cut it in the finals,” he said.

"At half-time we were up 32 to 6. We were really happy with that.

"My message for the second half was to go out and keep it up. Keep doing what we were doing.”

However, McCracken said despite a good game they let the ball drop during the second half.

"Our defence just wasn't up to scratch,” he said.

"We're going to be working on that along with our one-on-one contact.

"It was horrible during the second half. We're not going to stand a chance if we play like that in next week's finals.”

McCracken said Kirby Rubesaame was a standout player in the clash.

"He really stood up and took control,” he said.

"He was our half back. We couldn't have won without him.”

Blake Augustine was another key player for Kingaroy.

"We also had a few 18s who played their first ever game of A-grade here today,” McCracken said.

"They played really well and we probably couldn't have won without them.”

McCracken said it was good to see some young talent rising through the ranks in the South Burnett.

"We had about 10 of our players out but they'll be back for the finals,” he said.