April 13, 2018
After enjoying a bye in Round 1, Nanango will step out for the first time in the South Burnett senior rugby league competition on Saturday.
The Stags will face Round 1 winners Cherbourg at 6:30pm at Murgon Showgrounds.
The earlier game on the evening will be between Murgon and Wondai at 5:00pm.
Kingaroy Red Ants have the bye.
South Burnett junior rugby league games will resume on April 21, but junior players from Murgon, Wondai and Kingaroy will be heading to Burrum Heads to take part in the annual Jock Butterfield Memorial Carnival.
There are also three special rep games on this weekend in Nanango (see below).
On Sunday, the South Burnett U13s, U14s and U16s will take on the Toowoomba Clydesdales in trial games at Nanango:
These trials are an important hit-out ahead of the South Burnett’s 47th Battalion campaign at Bundaberg on May 12.
Cherbourg proved too strong for Murgon in their Round 1 senior rugby league match played last Saturday under lights at Cherbourg.
The 2017 Grand Final replay didn’t go to plan for the Mustangs with the half-time score 32-6 and the final score 66-22 in favour of the home side.
Both teams were throwing the ball around and making strong breaks in the first half, but Cherbourg had more luck getting the ball over the line.
Cherbourg tries were scored by Tyrone Murray (2), Alex Speedy (2), Norman Wragge (2), Kacey Lynas, Anthony Gray, Fred Cobbo, Gary Willmot, Patrick Alberts and Dareece Hopkins. Goals were kicked by Alex Speedy (3), Bernard Hopkins (2), Tyrone Murray (2) and Gene Barrett (2).
Murgon tries were scored by Elwyn Fewquandie, Lloyd Saltner, Arthur Saltner and Buddy Stanley. Fewquandie kicked three goals.
It looked touch-and-go during the pre-season whether Wondai would have enough players to field a senior team in the 2018 South Burnett competition.
But after a lot of hard work – and ringing around – by coach Michael Greenwood, the Wolves took to the field against Kingaroy on Saturday in Round 1.
The result may have been disappointing for the players, but the Wolves put on a brave performance and never stopped trying.
The final scoreline was an unusual 86-1 after Danny Alberts kicked a field goal for Wondai six minutes before full-time.
Special mention should also be made of Kirby Rubesaame who kicked conversions for Kingaroy from all over the paddock.
Kingaroy tries were scored by Jye Hopkins (5), Mitch Cush (3), Kirby Rubesaame (2), Elvis Bell (2), Martyn McCracken, Luke Evans, Adam Geiger and Rory Mackenzie. Rubesaame kicked 11 goals.
South Burnett Eagles U18s made a second-half comeback to defeat Toowoomba Valleys 28-24 in a closely fought Toowoomba Rugby League U18s game played at Cherbourg before the A Grade games.
At half-time, the Eagles were behind 10-16 but were first to score in the second half, signalling a change in their fortunes.
South Burnett took the lead after Taylor Stead latched on to a contested ball which had been knocked back to him out of the air, scoring in the corner.
The Eagles held on despite desperate Valleys’ attacks.
The game finished on an exciting note when the visitors scored after the full-time siren following a quick tap re-start.
South Burnett tries were scored by Taylor Stead (2), Tyreece Gyemore, Dan English, Corey Cross, Nic Plint. George Fisher kicked two goals.
Valleys tried were scored by Koby Cubby (2), Daron Bligh, Zachariah Miles and Connor Purcell. Cubby kicked two goals.