Andrew Hewitt breaks away to score for Nanango at the start of the second half against Wondai

April 2, 2021

Rugby league fans headed to Wondai on Saturday to see the Wolves in action for the first time in 2021.

The local side had a bye in Round 1 but came up against a rampaging Nanango Stags in Round 2.

The Stags have had a two-year break from the South Burnett competition after winning the 2018 A Grade competition 48-0 against Kingaroy … they were missing in action in 2019, and then their planned 2020 campaign was wiped out by the pandemic cancellation.

In 2021’s Round 1, Nanango proved they are still a handful, downing Kingaroy again, this time 40-12.

On Saturday, Wondai scored two tries in the first half, but the Stags were just too strong, running away for a  72-16 victory after leading 38-10 at half-time.

The clash topped off a big day of league at Wondai Sportsground, starting with juniors in the morning, two Under 14s games and then the A Grade double-header.

In the first A Grade game, Kingaroy defeated Cherbourg in a game closer than the final scoreline of 34-20 indicated.

At half-time, Kingaroy was ahead 18-16.

The heat knocked both sides around in the second half, with all players grateful when the final siren sounded.

  • Round 3 will be played at Kingaroy’s T.J. O’Neill on April 10. The A Grade games will be played under lights: 5:00pm Kingaroy v Wondai; 6:30pm Nanango v Murgon.
Nanango stalwart Pat McCallum scores his third try for the Stags in the corner
Kingaroy was ahead by a nose at half-time against Cherbourg

 

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Results:

Action from the Nanango v Chinchilla Under 14s game

Under 14s – Nanango 18 def. Chinchilla 8

  • Nanango tries: Will Essen (2), Lachlan Turner, Sebastian King. Isaiah Smallwood kicked one goal.
  • Chinchilla try: Nathan Rollings. Frankie Bligh kicked one goal.

Under 14s – Kingaroy 22 def. Murgon 20

  • Kingaroy tries: Fletcher Prain (3), Josh Fearby. Harrison Braithwaite kicked three goals.
  • Murgon tries: Darryl Gyemore (3), Will Webber. Trent Aubrey kicked two goals.

A Grade – Kingaroy 34 def. Cherbourg 20

  • Kingaroy tries: Jayden Jarvis (2), Asofono Lemalu (2), Jye Thorley, Blake Augustine. Ashley Smallwood kicked five goals.
  • Cherbourg tries: Arshell Hopkins (2), Mark Saltner, Neil Stanley. Alex Speedy and Ryan Jacobs kicked one goal each.

A Grade – Nanango 72 def. Wondai 16

  • Nanango tries: Pat McCallum (3), Jakeb Mead (2), Tom Springate (2), Drew Jackson, Tyren Smallwood, Kieran Douglass, Jackson Mladenovic, Andrew Hewitt, Rhyse Simpson and Matt Mladenovic. Tom Springate kicked eight goals.
  • Wondai tries: Sonny Weazel (2), Anthony Dynevor. Alex Georgetown kicked two goals.
Nanango players celebrate after their victory in the Under 14s

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