READY FOR SEASON: The Red Ants will host the Mustangs on Saturday.
READY FOR SEASON: The Red Ants will host the Mustangs on Saturday. Claudia Williams

Rugby clubs revved for league season kick-off

RUGBY LEAGUE: Rugby league players across the region are preparing for their first game of the season this Saturday.

While it is unknown what the season will hold before any tries are scored, one thing is for certain: the 2018 premiers will not defend their title this season.

Kingaroy Red Ants coach Ryan Sullivan and Murgon Mustangs co-coach Paul Brunjes both said they were "disappointed” the Nanango Stags would not field a team.

But the competition will play on with four sides capable of lifting the premiership come September.

"It would have been better to have five teams instead of four but we can't do anything about it,” Sullivan said.

The Mustangs will travel to Kingaroy for round one on Saturday, going with the advantage of testing their form and teamwork in a recent trial game against the Gayndah Gladiators.

The home side has been unable to test their form, with Caloundra pulling out of a scheduled trial game, but the new coach is looking at the positives.

"It would have been good to have a hit out but at least it means we don't have any injuries,” Sullivan said.

The Mustangs have welcomed some old faces back to the team this season and the Red Ants side will feature new players to town to add experience to the young side.

The coaches recognised it would be a long season with the unknown aspects of injury and player availability, but both teams will be looking to start the season on the right foot.

Saturday will be a chance for the Wondai Wolves to get a win on the board after a winless 2018 season.

The Wolves will play host to the Cherbourg Hornets and will be full of confidence after a pre-season game win against Caboolture.

Junior players will also get their first taste of league this weekend.

The Red Ants and Mustangs are the only clubs that will field a team in every age division from under-six to U16s.

The South Burnett U18 side will play host to Highfields in Kingaroy this weekend as part of round one of the Toowoomba competition.

ROUND ONE

A-grade: Kingaroy v Murgon in Kingaroy at 5pm.

Wondai v Cherbourg in Wondai at 3.30pm.

South Burnett U18s v Highfield in Kingaroy at 3.30pm.

Kingaroy juniors v Murgon in Kingaroy from 8am .

Central Burnett juniors v Wondai in Wondai from 9.30am.

Cherbourg v Nanango juniors in Cherbourg.

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