By Casey O'Connor
The battle for the top five positions on the TRL leader board continued in earnest last weekend. Wattles returned to the top of the table after an impressive win over Highfields on their home turf last Saturday night.
Valleys who had the bye last week now sit in second spot. Warwick is back in winning form after their win over the Dalby Diehards on Saturday night at Fr Ranger Oval. With the win the Cowboys jumped into third spot and relegated Dalby to fourth.
The Goondiwindi Boars cemented their spot in the top five with a big win over Oakey. David Armstrong scored seven tries as the Boars thrashed Oakey 90-10. South’s have their eye on a final’s berth in 2019. Last weekend they scored a 16-6 win over Brothers and are sitting in sixth spot on the ladder two points clear of Gatton. Not a situation many predicated early in the season.
This weekend South’s face a big test when they head to head with competition front runners Wattles at Clive Berghofer Stadium.
The Cowboys will be looking for another win when they play Oakey who will have the home town advantage.
Fresh from their bye Valleys travel to Dalby to take on the Diehards on Sunday in what looks a close game on paper.
Gatton and Highfields will be hoping to improve their position in the standings with a win on Saturday while this week the Boars have a bye.
With four regular fixture rounds to play following this weekend where teams will finish at the start of the finals is very much anyone’s guess.
A Grade; Wattles 20, Valleys 19, Warwick 16, Dalby 15, Goondiwindi 14, Souths 12, Gatton 10, Brothers 8, Oakey 6, Pittsworth 6, Highfields 4
Reserve Grade: Valleys 19, Wattles 18, Gatton 18, Goondiwindi 17, Dalby 14, Highfields 13, Warwick 13, Souths 8, Brothers 6, Pittsworth 4, Oakey 0
Under 18: Souths 22, Dalby 17, South Burnett 16, Highfields 15, Valleys 15, Gatton 14, Goondiwindi 14, Pittsworth 12, Warwick 8, Wattles 7 Brothers 4 Oakey 0.
Second Division: Newtown 14, Gatton 10, Goondiwindi 9, Stanthorpe 7, Texas 7, Warwick 3, Valleys