Improved effort at home
THE South Burnett Thrashers have shown an improved effort from their recent performances on the road after returning to Kingaroy for Saturday's rugby fixture against Goondiwindi at St Mary's Catholic College.
The Thrashers went down 34-10 to the visitors, but a solid second half showing had the home side trailing 22-10 with just 10 minutes remaining.
Two late tries to the Emus set the full-time score as the Thrashers matched their visitors after the break narrowly losing the second half 17-10.
Four first half tries to the visitors after dominating play out wide had the Thrashers on the back foot and facing a 17-0 half time deficit.
With their backs to the wall, the home side responded in fine fashion and gained the ascendancy in the second half as their defence shut down the visitors for the majority of the half until the final minutes.
Fullback Anthony Eden scored a great solo try after a blinding run in the 50th minute to open the scoring for the Thrashers.
The hosts crossed again in the 59th minute when John Bartlett scored out wide after going through numerous hands to cut the deficit to 22-10.
South Burnett Thrashers president Shane O'Malley indicated his squad was confident going into the second half despite facing a 22-0 deficit.
"The feeling after the first half was they weren't far off and we matched them after and it was a good performance in the second half," he said.
"It's a big improvement from even against Dalby last week."
O'Malley said the side had received praise from the visitors.
"We got feedback from Goondiwindi after the game and they said we played well especially in the second half, and the match was closer than the score indicated," he said.
O'Malley welcomed the return home after a long road trip.
"It's nice to be home and not have to travel and it will be good for us for the home run," he said.