Try for Murgon.
Try for Murgon. Claudia Williams

Mustangs take out nail-biting thriller in Wondai

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Murgon Mustangs defeated the Cherbourg Hornets to win the South Burnett Rugby League grand final after a nail-biting final 10 minutes.

The thrilling grand final closed out a massive day of league at Wondai Rugby League club, with hundreds of passionate fans out in force to cheer teams on.

Co-coach of Murgon Mustangs, Paul Brunjes, put the win down to a great team effort.

"The team has been together for about four years and more than anything I was just happy for them,” he said.

At half-time the Mustangs were down six points and were feeling disappointed with their performance.

"Our aim for the second half was to slow the play of ball down,” Brunjes said.

"We didn't really achieve that but we started to get the ball and then scored three or four tries in a row.”

With 10 minutes left on the clock the Mustangs took the lead.

Cherbourg quickly responded with a try.

The Mustangs ran away with the ball with three minutes to spare and secured the premiership in style with a converted 80-metre try.

Experienced front rowers Mark Saltner and Michael Giles helped the team keep faith and a level head throughout the game.

The game wasn't without injury, with referee Joe Dangerfield taking a hit in the first half and needing to be replaced.

Cherbourg, who took out the minor premiership on count back over Murgon, defeated the Mustangs the last two times the teams met.

However, the competition between the two for the top of the ladder was fierce all season.

Cherbourg coach, Errol Simpson Senior, was proud of his team's performance despite the final result.

"We cant sit here and complain about it because it was a great game of football,” he said.

"The boys accepted the loss and that's the best thing about it.”

He congratulated the winners.

"Due to Murgon playing a great game of footy they deserved the win,” Simpson said.

Cherbourg was down to 11 players after one player was sent off for pushing the referee while another was controversially dismissed for a dangerous tackle.

"We can't complain,” Simpson said.

"Our boys really stood up and muscled up.

"Murgon let us back in the game in the second half.

"It was a fast game of footy which suited our team.”

Murgon full-back, Barwoo Fisher, was awarded Man of the Match for his outstanding performance.

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