Undefeated Wallabys wary ahead of next clash
RUGBY LEAGUE: They may be undefeated in the Rockhampton extended reserves competition but Wallabys player/coach Ashley Dodd knows their next round opponents will be a different kettle of fish.
The Wallabys made it two wins from two at the weekend with a hard-fought 28-20 win over Gladstone Valleys reserves after an opening round 48-18 victory over Emu Park.
Locked up at 10-10 at half-time in their match against Valleys, Dodd said he was surprised with the scoreline at the break considering the amount of ball the opposition had.
"We dropped a lot of ball and made a lot of early mistakes,” he said. "It was a better performance in the second half and we did enough to win the game.
"We stuck to what we know and got the job done in the end.”
After two weeks without playing footy due to wet weather cancellations, Dodd was happy with the fitness level of his side.
"We held up well fitness- wise and had been doing a fair bit of other fitness work to keep the boys focused while it was wet.
"I ran them harder (last) Thursday to open their lungs up a bit.”
The upcoming Easter long weekend allows Dodd's side extra time to prepare for the trip to Rockhampton's Browne Park to take on the Woorabinda Warriors, who scrapped home 32-28 against the Tannum Sands reserves at Baralaba.
"Woorabinda will be a different kettle of fish,” Dodd said.
"They're going to be fast and physical... you've got to work them through the middle because if you give them plenty of ball they'll hurt you.
"We'll just stick to our game plan and hopefully get away with the win again.”
Dodd said he can't complain about starting the season with two wins, with a spot in the finals the ultimate end-of-season goal.
The Calliope Roosters will also make the trip to Browne Park on Saturday, April 22 when they take on Fitzroy/ Gracemere.
Round 5 will also have Gladstone Brothers play Tannum Sands at Marley Brown Oval, while Valleys will host Emu Park at Clinton Park.
All teams will then break on the weekend of April 30 and May 1 with the 47th Battalion games being held in Yeppoon.