Wolves score over Red Ants
WITH one minute remaining Matt Stumer put the ball over the line to score the first win for the Wondai Wolves in more than a year.
The Wolves defeated the Kingaroy Red Ants 28-22 in Cherbourg for their first win in the South Burnett competition in 15 months.
Wondai coach Peter Mickelo said the win was a credit to their team work.
"It was a hard fought win and the boys dug in and stuck together,” he said.
"It has been well over a year since their last win so they are pretty stoked about it.”
The Wolves put pressure on the Kingaroy side with back-to-back sets in the final minutes and Mickelo said this was key to the win.
"In the last 10 minutes all the hard training in the pre-season paid off,” he said.
"As long as we keep the sustained pressure on opposition teams they will crack somewhere down the line.”
Stumer scored two tries for the Wolves while David Simpson, Thomas McDowell and Merton Bulmer added four points each.
Danny Alberts converted four times for the Wolves.
Kingaroy coach Ryan Sullivan said Wondai's victory was also a win for the South Burnett competition.
"It is good to see them having a crack and they are going a lot better than last year,” he said.
"The effort was good we were just down a few troops this weekend with eight out. Being at full-strength definitely makes a difference.”
For the Red Ants Brady Roberts, Isi Haunga, Jack Rowan and Chriss Quinn scored one try each.
Rowan also converted three tries for the Kingaroy side.
Wondai will travel to Murgon next week to take on the home side with the knowledge they have what it takes to win.
"They are capable of doing anything they want to do, it is up to them,” Mickelo said.
"I have instilled that mental stability in them and we will continue that for the rest of the season.
"We will just keep running on and doing what we have to do.”