Malachi Wallace dives over the line to put the first points on the board for Cherbourg against the Stags last Saturday

August 20, 2021

Nanango will be hosting the last round of the South Burnett Rugby League competition this Saturday ahead of the finals series – and there will be a special treat for footy fans.

An A Grade Toowoomba competition game between Valleys and Newtown will top off a big day of league, kicking off at 5:15pm.

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Last weekend, the focus was at Murgon Sportsground where Cherbourg pulled off an upset in A Grade, and the senior Wolves played their best game of the year – sadly their last for this season.

In the first A Grade game, the Nanango Stags suffered their second defeat on the trot, going down 22-16 to the Cherbourg Hornets.

Nanango opened the scoring and were quickly leading 10-0 but at half-time Cherbourg had inched ahead 12-10.

The Stags came out strongly again after the break and regained the lead before tries by Keith Gadd Jnr and Charlie Bond put Cherbourg six points clear.

The Hornets withstood Nanango pressure on their line – despite giving away repeated back-to-back penalties – to hold on for the last 10 minutes to notch up the win.

Cherbourg tries were scored by Malachi Wallace, Norman Wragge, Alex Speedy, Keith Gadd Jr and Charlie Bond. Alex Speedy kicked one goal.

For Nanango, Thomas Springate – backing up from the earlier Under 18s game – scored two tries and kicked two goals.

The other Nanango try scorer was Brent Greenslade.

Norman Wragge adds to Cherbourg’s points in the first half
Thomas Springate puts Nanango back into the lead just minutes into the second half

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Murgon Mustangs defeated ladder leaders Nanango the previous week, but Wondai had drawn level with them at half-time last Saturday

In the second A Grade game, Murgon defeated Wondai 56-38 after the scores were locked 22-all at half-time.

This was Wondai’s last appearance for the season and they really gave Murgon a run for their money in a high-scoring game.

Ten-minute send-offs and injuries didn’t help the Wolves’ cause although the Mustangs also lost players to the bin at critical times.

Murgon tries were scored by Maurice Fisher (2), Josiah Alberts (2), Karl Berlin (2), Michael Giles (2), Daron Saltner-Bligh and Jameel Sullivan.

Saltner-Bligh kicked three goals and Elwyn Fewquandie kicked five.

Wondai try scorers were Robert Carlo (2), Sonny Weazel (2), Alex Georgetown, Alfred Watcho and Bradley Alberts.

Georgetown kicked four goals and Steve Watcho kicked one.

Daron Saltner-Bligh proved he can score tries as well as kick goals for the Mustangs
Sonny Weazel scores the second of his tries for the Wondai Wolves
Bradley Alberts scores a late try for the Wolves … Wondai kept up the pressure until the full-time siren

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Under 18s

Lachlan Zelinski scores the second of his two tries for the Eagles

A TJRL Under 18s game was also played at Murgon, between the South Burnett Eagles and Wattles Warriors.

South Burnett came out on top 56-12 after leading 28-12 at half-time.

South Burnett tries were scored by Lachlan Zelinski (2), Lennox Bligh (2), Lloyd Langton, Toby Schmidt, Reece Kitchingham, Lachlan Bligh, Jacqwon Murray and Matthew Springate. Langton kicked eight goals.

For Wattles, Gus Hutchison and Reuben Sullivan scored a try each, and Jacob Meddleton kicked two goals.

Toby Schmidt grounds the ball over the line for South Burnett
Matthew Springate’s try, converted by Lloyd Langton, took the Eagles’ final tally to 56

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Under 14s

  • In Under 14s, Kingaroy 40 defeated Nanango 8.

Kingaroy tries were scored by Tommy Beil (3), Lawson Braithwaite, Braydon Watcho-Page, Harrison Braithwaite, Michael Robinson and Brett Watcho-Page.

Lawson Braithwaite kicked two goals, and Michael Robinson and Ramsy Page kicked one.

Nanango tries were scored by Cooper Weil and Ryan Wallace.

  • In the second Under 14s game, Murgon 42 defeated Chinchilla 12.

Murgon tries were scored by Darryl Gyemore (3), Ziggy Pidgeon (2), Zac Harris and Damon Cooper.

Darryl Gyemore (4), Trent Aubrey (2) and Will Webber were the goal-kickers.

For Chinchilla, Franky Bligh and Link Martin each scored a try, and Koen Zerbst kicked two goals.

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At Herb Steinohrt Oval in Toowoomba, Valleys Roosters proved too strong for both South Burnett Eagles teams.

In Under 15s, Valleys defeated Eagles 20-16 and in Under 16s, 32-6.

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This Week’s Games

Nanango Stags are hosting the final round of the regular South Burnett rugby league season with a special “From The Country To The Country” day at Fred Kassulke Oval on Saturday featuring Toowoomba teams:

  • 8:00am – Under 14s – Nanango v Murgon
  • 9:00am – Under 8s – Kingaroy 1 v Murgon 2
  • 9:00am – TJRL Under 15s – South Burnett v Dalby
  • 10:00am – Under 8s – Kingaroy 2 v Cherbourg / Wondai
  • 10:00am – TJRL Under 16s – South Burnett v Dalby
  • 11:00am – Under 8s – Nanango v Murgon 2
  • 11:30am – A Grade – Murgon v Cherbourg
  • Noon – Under 6s
  • 1:00pm – Women – Valleys v Newtown
  • 2:15pm – A Grade – Nanango v Kingaroy
  • 3:45pm – TJRL Under 18s – South Burnett v Valleys
  • 5:15pm –  TRL A Grade – Valleys v Newtown

NB. Power FM’s Obee and Cookie will be calling the TRL A Grade game online with pre-game commentary from 4:15pm. Newtown has forfeited the TRL Reserve Grade game that was to be played at 5:15pm, which means the A Grade game has been brought forward from the previously advertised time.

At Chinchilla:

  • 1:15pm – Under 14s – Chinchilla v Kingaroy

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