THE Calliope Roosters have moved further in front at the top of the Gladstone and District Rugby League competition, taking the points in a tough clash with Tannum.

The Seagulls currently occupy last place in the league, but have improved drastically of late and gave the Roosters a scare.

The match finished 24-12 in Calliope's favour, but was a hard-fought affair from the beginning with both sides playing disciplined football. "Tannum are very much improved with a few new players and it was a tough match," Calliope president Trevor Huth said.

"The boys that are putting their hands up and playing for us are doing a great job."

The Roosters have managed their squad well, and have relied heavily on the strength they possess in more than just the top grade.

"Everyone played well, the four guys off the bench played full games of reserve grade as well," Huth said.

"It was a good result for the club, all three grades won for the first time this year."

The club believes that playing well as a unit is the key to success, with a few key players thrown into the mix.

"I think James Radloff had a really big game from fullback."

Calliope now leads the Wallabys by four points with eight rounds left, and the two clash next Sunday at Marley Brown.

"It is a good little breather, four points and Wallabys this week who are always hard to beat," Huth said.

The clash is important for Wallabys, as a loss could see them drop six points behind Roosters and into a logjam with Valleys and Brothers.