Red Ants Sipau Taufa makes a break through the guts of the Murgon defence in the Kingaroy Red Ants v Murgon Mustangs clash at Murgon on Saturday, June 4.
Red Ants Sipau Taufa makes a break through the guts of the Murgon defence in the Kingaroy Red Ants v Murgon Mustangs clash at Murgon on Saturday, June 4. Keagan Elder

Mustangs run out of steam

IN A game played in halves, it could be said both the Murgon Mustangs and Kingaroy Red Ants A-grade were winners in Saturday's clash at Murgon.

But it was the Red Ants who emerged triumphant, after they shaped up in the second half to run away with a 42-22 win.

It was not easy for the Kingaroy team however, after they were pinned down by an aggressive home side in the first half.

The Mustangs offered glimpses of their potential in the first 40 minutes to make their way to the sheds 16-6 in front.

Red Ants coach Darren Geiger said the first half score line came as a result of "dumb footy".

Errors hindered the away team, a reoccurring issue for the Red Ants throughout this season, which allowed the Mustangs to capitalise with little resistance.

"They (Murgon Mustangs) came at us hard," Geiger said.

Geiger said the Mustangs had quality players worthy of the finals which his team could not take for granted.

This was evident in the poor tackles made by Kingaroy in the first, which Geiger said was a major attribute to the way the Mustangs were able to take control of the first half.

"Our containment in the first half wasn't real good," he said.

"Murgon was bouncing out of tackles."

But this all changed in the second half as the Red Ants looked hungrier for the ball.

The Kingaroy Red Ants celebrate getting on top of the Mustangs in the Kingaroy Red Ants v Murgon Mustangs clash at Murgon on Saturday, June 4.
The Kingaroy Red Ants celebrate getting on top of the Mustangs in the Kingaroy Red Ants v Murgon Mustangs clash at Murgon on Saturday, June 4. Keagan Elder

The 10 point advantage held by the Mustangs soon started to fall as they lost control of the ball and were penalised countless times for dropping the ball.

"We just had control of the ball," Geiger said.

Mustangs coach Paul Brunjes offered few excuses over the dropped ball offences and said both teams played in the same soggy conditions, so the home team had itself to blame.

This realisation echoed among the Mustangs.

"We only have ourselves to blame" was shouted out in frustration as Kingaroy lined up another conversion.

Brunjes said fitness levels were a major concern for the Mustangs who lost their drive in the final 40 minutes of the game.

"It didn't go well for us, we just ran out of steam," he said.

As Brunjes looked ahead to the finals, he said the Mustangs would have to really step up a gear in fitness to stand a chance.

"It's going to take a lot for us to run over them at the end of the season," he said.

The Red Ants will have a bye at the weekend while the Mustangs will take on the Mundubbera Tigers.

  •  In the Cherbourg Hornets v Wondai Wolves game, the Hornets finished well on top against an under-strength Wolves pack at Wondai.

Cherbourg comfortably won 62-0 in a game coach Frank Malone said he expected his team to win but needed to play a clean game.

The game was called short at half-time as injuries took its toll on the Wondai ranks, who could not match up against Cherbourg.

Results

A-grade

Kingaroy defeated Murgon 42-22

Cherbourg defeated Wondai 62-0

Monto defeated Eidsvold 48-6

Under-18s

South Burnett Blue defeated Brothers 48-26

South Burnett White defeated Border 44-18

Under-16s

Nanango/Wondai defeated Kingaroy 18-10

Under-14s

Wondai defeated Kingaroy 48-0

Cherbourg defeated Nanango 22-20

Chinchilla Green defeated Murgon 34-8

Central Burnett defeated Chinchilla White 50-6

Under-12s

Wondai defeated Central Burnett 34-16

Nanango beat Kingaroy 22-0

Murgon defeated Cherbourg 26-16

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