The Wolves restart after conceding the opening try.
The Wolves restart after conceding the opening try. Callum Dick

Wolves snap losing streak

Rugby League: The Wondai Wolves overcame a first-half deficit to record their first win of the South Burnett Rugby League season on Saturday.

The Wolves hosted the Kingaroy Red Ants - both sides winless to this point in the season - in what shaped as a season-defining match-up.

The Red Ants hit the scoreboard first and looked to have the better of the play early.

But a 50-50 knock-on call against Mitch Clark gifted the Wolves field position, and they made the Red Ants pay by shifting the ball wide to cross in the far corner and level the scores.

Kingaroy rallied to head into half-time with a 16-10 advantage, but the Wolves would not be denied.

In a back-and-forth second half, it was the home side who ultimately proved the more composed in possession to run out narrow 30-28 victors.

It was a tough loss to take for the luckless Kingaroy side, who have watched their injury list continue to grow each weekend.

Despite the Wolves' tough start to the season, Red Ants coach Darren Geiger knew it was going to be a tough contest from the off.

"They controlled the ball better in the second half, and we gave away some silly penalties that helped them take the game away from us,” Geiger said.

We managed to scrape together 16 players, (but) we (still) had a few playing with injuries and out of position which made it challenging.”

Geiger said his side missed the x-factor of Jye Hopkins, who on Saturday served the first of a two-week suspension after a dangerous tackle the previous week against Murgon.

But it was not just Hopkins who was missing against Wondai.

"We've had eight season-ending injuries so far, and five or six of those are in our starting 13,” Geiger said.

"It's punched some big holes, but in saying that it does give some other blokes an opportunity to step up.

"We're not far off (getting a first win). The effort is still there, the boys aren't quitting or dropping their heads.”

Fresh from their first win, the Wolves will travel to Murgon on Saturday confident of their chances of an upset.

Meanwhile, the Red Ants have a week off to lick their wounds, before they host Nanango in Kingaroy on June 24.

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