Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Gifted Green Helps Wattles Blossom in Opening Round

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Gifted Green Helps Wattles Blossom in Opening Round

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RUGBY LEAGUE: Gifted fullback Jackson Green showed abundant class on Saturday at Clive Berghofer Stadium, scoring in the first minute of play to set the Warriors on a course to victory over the Southern Suburbs Tigers in the first round of the 2014 Toowoomba Rugby League season.

The prize on offer was the Ragh Family Trophy, Southern Suburbs the recipients for 2014 given their success in two out of the three games played on the program.

Coach Luke Duggan was thrilled with Wattles' success. "We went down to Souths marginally in the pre-season, they will be about at the business end of the competition and to harvest first match premiership points against them is a real bonus," Duggan said. "Our backline looked much more fluent," said Duggan. "On the other side of the ledger, we turned over to much cheap ball."

But the win has come at a cost with Tim Henstchel suffering a hamstring injury. The coach was impressed with his younger brigade.

"Young guys Dylan Edneter and Conor Swinton were impressive, as was front-row enforcer Pat Manley."

A Souths error from the kick-off saw halfback Matt Duggan gain possession and send Jackson Green on his way for the first points. Minutes later, experienced centre Tim Hentschel added to the Wattles' total, capping off a classy backline move for Wattles to lead 10-0 after just five minutes.

Wattles appeared on fire when hard-working hooker Liam Ross scored from a dummy-half dart in the eighth minute, the Warriors easing ahead on the scoreboard 16-0. The Tigers regained some composure through a try by hooker Chris Richardson soon after but 10 minutes before halftime, Wattles centre Joel Koina blazed down centre field for a length-of-the-field touchdown.

The Tigers scored in the shadow of halftime, Wattles trotting off ahead 22-12.

After just two minutes of the second stanza, Souths increased their total to trail 22-18 and with the Tigers finding their stride, the match tempo lifted. …

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