31 May 2010

Rugby League: Goodna beats West End 30-12

CRAIG Wehrman doesn't need a crystal ball when it comes to the Ipswich Rugby League.

He's been around long enough to know what to expect and Saturday night's game between Goodna and West End at Daniel's Park was no exception.

Goodna beat West End 30-12 after leading 14-6 at half-time.

"It went exactly how I thought it would," Goodna captain Wehrman said. "The boys didn't listen, I suppose."

Wehrman had predicted if his team didn't show up keen to play, they would be pushed hard by the home team's enthusiasm and was spot on.

"It was by no means easy," Wehrman said. "It is a tough place to play on a Saturday night."

Fortunately for the Eagles, a half-time rev-up by assistant coach Dean Daylight, with head coach Anthony Fowler off wrestling monkeys in Bali, did the trick.

"Early in the second half (hooker) Roger Eliu opened them up around the ruck," Wehrman said.

"At half-time we discussed the need for our forwards to put them away in the first 20 minutes after the break.

"I didn't care what they did after that."

West End coach Todd Brown had mixed emotions after the game.

He was pleased with the effort his team put in but disappointed they couldn't apply the polish to the hard work.

"We were still in it (at half-time) but silly mistakes cost us," Brown said.

"The effort was good but we gave them too much ball and when you do, they'll score points.

"They scored on the back of our penalties and dropped ball.

"We had our chances, just our execution wasn't good."

One of those chances came in the first set after the second-half kick-off.

West End used the blind side and found themselves with an overlap 30m out, only to lose the ball and watch as Goodna scored soon after, giving the Bulldogs a mountain to climb at 20-6 down.

"It could have got ugly but we hung in there," Brown said.

"But we're still not playing how we want to play."

It did get ugly towards the end with Goodna's Sione Piutau sent off for head butting before West End's Ben Davies was sent off a minute before time for using a forearm in a tackle.

Goodna then took a quick tap and a cross field kick by Andrew Walker led to a try to Craig Wehrman.

That was the end of the game but West End hooker Vinny Stephan protested his team hadn't been given time to get back for the penalty, leading to his sending off as well.


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