CALLIOPE Roosters have extended their lead on the Gladstone Rugby League ladder to six points following a tight victory over the Wallabys.

The sides previously had a win each, but Calliope came away with the spoils 22-18 in their third encounter this year.

Calliope has now won four on the trot and is cemented in the top spot.

"It was a tough game, which the boys expected. We lost our halfback Blake Lazarus just before half-time," club president Trevor Huth said.

"The boys are all in good spirits and are happy."

The Roosters now look to have the minor premiership within their grasp, and are certainly destined to play finals football.

But despite the great results, the side still expects to come under some serious pressure.

"It is a complete reversal of last season. We were the cellar dwellers and everyone is hunting us now," Huth said.

"Once we get a few boys back from injury - we have been using a few from reserve grade - the combinations for finals will get there."