Red Ants prove their expertise
KINGAROY Red Ants have confirmed their standing as the second best side in South Burnett rugby league with an emphatic 50-16 win against the Wondai Wolves in Saturday's Round 9 clash at T.J. O'Neill Oval.
The hosts' win was built on the back of a resolute defence which refused to yield against the threat of numerous attacking raids from the Wolves.
The Red Ants continually held out the visitors, which was the catalyst for their own responses in attack.
The visitors applied all the early pressure, but the Red Ants withstood the early charge as they staunchly defended their line.
The hosts opened the scoring in the 16th minute when hooker Ashley Smallwood made a great run from dummy half for the 6-0 lead.
The Red Ants were in shortly after when a big run from Smallwood led to a beautiful cut out ball from Matthew Allen to set up Mitch Schilling in the corner to take a 10-0 lead.
The hosts had seized the momentum and continued to put their foot firmly down on the pedal when Allen set up Luke Evans to give the Red Ants a 16-0 lead in the 25th minute.
The Wolves finally capitalised on their first half pressure when halfback Brenton List scooted over from dummy half in the 35th minute before Luke Hedges crossed just before halftime to cut the Red Ants lead to 16-12.
The hosts came out in the second half with renewed purpose after having their lead challenged and were in straight away after Smallwood set up fullback Darren Bowden, who beat numerous defenders with a strong run to score.
Wondai threatened to post their third try before an 80m intercept from Mitch Schilling led to Jayden Jarvis barging over the defence to extend the Red Ants lead to 26-12 after 48 minutes.
Red Ants prop Tim Guinea powered over from close range in the 58th minute to all but seal the game for the home side.
Late second-half tries to Matthew Allen, Nathan Champney and Mitch Shilling resulted in the 50-16 victory.
In Saturday's other South Burnett Rugby league results for Round 9, Nanango registered its third victory for the season with a commanding 52-16 victory against the Murgon Mustangs at Nanango Sportsground. The sides headed to the sheds with the home side holding a 22-10 half-time lead.
The Stags won the second half 30-6 to record a 36-point victory.
Nanango Stags 52 (Pat McCallum 4, Brad Staples 2, Craig Melville 2, Shane Williams tries, Craig Melville 8 goals) def. Murgon Mustangs 16 (Kane Bond, Lewis Hopkins, Charlie Paiwan tries. Lewis Hopkins, Chris Bond goals.)
The Cherbourg Hornets won their ninth match in a row with a 44-24 victory against Blackbutt.
The ladder leaders took a 34-6 lead into halftime at the Blackbutt Sportsground before a spirited fightback from the hosts as they won the second half 18-10.