May 14, 2012
Nanango, suffering from a lack of match practice and still struggling to field players, were defeated 58-28 in their A Grade match against the Mustangs at Murgon on Saturday afternoon.
This is only the second time this season that the Stags have been able to field a senior team, and despite an excess of enthusiasm at times, their defence sadly let them down.
Murgon were methodical in their try-scoring with Peter Bligh picking up four – including a bounce around the goal-posts four minutes from half-time – and Charlie Paiwan three.
Their goal-kicking was also outstanding with Gary Pigeon kicking 8 from 8 before he finally missed a conversion. Pigeon finished the day with 9 from 10 goals … an amazing performance.
At half-time Murgon led 30-6. The Mustangs resumed their attack just three minutes into the second half, with Luke Bond scoring a messy try after multiple players scrambled for the ball over the line.
Then after two tries to Bligh, and the score at 48-6, Murgon dozed off, letting in four Nanango tries in succession, including one that the vocal home crowd claimed was off a forward pass.
With the score at 48-28, Murgon were stung back into action. With seven minutes left on the clock, Tim Brunjes scored (and Pigeon finally missed a kick).
Then with just four minutes to go, Nanango conceded a penalty in front of the posts. A quick tap led to Charlie Paiwan picking up his hat-trick and Gary Pigeon kicking his ninth conversion.
The final score was 58-28.
For Nanango, Drew Jackson and Shane Williams both scored a double.
Kingaroy defeated Wondai 34-26 in a closely fought A Grade match at Wondai on Friday night.
Ashley Smallwood scored a double for Kingaroy. Other try scorers for the Red Ants were Mick Jarvis, Jamie Tews, Dallas Allery and Mick Robinson. Matt Allen kicked five goals.
Try scorers for the Wolves were Danny Alberts, Shane Bornikoff, Luke Hedges, Troy Kerkow and Shane Cliff. Luke Hedges kicked two conversions, and Danny Alberts one.
At Cherbourg, the Hornets downed the Blackbutt Timbertowners 54-22.
Wondai Wolves v Kingaroy Red Ants (at Wondai)
A Grade 34-26 (Friday night)
Murgon Mustangs v Nanango Stags (at Murgon)
U14s 14-12 (game stopped after injury)
A Grade 58-28
Cherbourg Hornets v Central Burnett Brumbies (at Cherbourg)
U12s 12-26 (Cherbourg supplied players to Brumbies to ensure a game)
Cherbourg Hornets v Blackbutt Timbertowners (at Cherbourg)
A Grade 54-22
Murgon Mustangs 26
Easts Magpies 46