July 29, 2013
The South Burnett Thrashers thrilled their fans – and kept their finals hopes alive – by locking in a good win in a high-scoring game against USQ Saints in Kingaroy on Saturday.
USQ were strong at the start but the Thrashers kept the scores close for most of the game.
With 15 minutes to go, the South Burnett side led by just two points but then Kyle Doolin kicked a penalty shot to stretch the margin to five.
The Thrashers then powered on in the last six minutes, putting on two unanswered tries.
Club president Shane O’Malley said it had been a great win in front of the home crowd.
But he admitted it hadn’t been either sides’ best defensive effort with the match ending with high scores for both teams.
Shane said the from a team perspective, the best thing that came from the game was that they “went on with it” for the full 80 minutes.
Man of the match was five-eighth Brandon Walsh who scored three tries.
Shane said hooker Robert Turned also played very well, and Kyle Doolan kicked five conversions and one penalty goal.
The final score was South Burnett 50, USQ 33.
Next weekend the Thrashers hit the road for their last away game of the season.
They will be taking on Roma at Gallas Fox Park in Roma on Saturday.
This is a must-win game for the Thrashers if they’re going to keep their finals hopes alive.
Roma suffered a big loss this weekend but that doesn’t mean they are going to be a walkover.
“It’s going to be a big test for us if we have any chance of sneaking into the finals,” Shane said.
“Roma will always be strong at home but we are a definitely a chance.
“After Saturday’s win the boys are very upbeat, very keen.
“We are very hopeful of travelling with a strong team.”
Round 16 Results
- Goondiwindi defeated Rangers 29-5
- Dalby defeated Roma 67-7
- Bears defeated UQ Highfields 96-5
- South Burnett defeated USQ 50-33