FRENCHVILLE Pioneers have broken the drought.
After falling short for seven weeks straight, Frenchville stormed to a 19-10 victory over Dawson Valley Drovers in front of a parochial home crowd at Ryan Park on Saturday night.
In further matches around the region, Brothers downed Blackwater 29-17, University defeated Capricorn Coast 61-7 and Gladstone retained their top-of-the-table position with a 36-5 victory over second-placed Colts in Gladstone.
The Central Queensland Rugby Union round nine encounter proved to be a turning point for Frenchville with players, coaching staff and fans all breathing a sigh of relief.
Frenchville acting head coach Steve Anderson said the encounter showed Frenchville's strength and determination.
"It was a very good win and good to get a win for a change," Anderson said.
"It's a reward for the effort we have put in for the past four to five weeks.
"We have copped a few floggings and they deserved to get the win and it was a good team effort."
After going down to the Drovers 50-0 in round five, Frenchville expected a challenging match and Anderson said that's exactly what they got.
CQ RUGBY UNION
Frenchville Pioneers 19 def Dawson Valley Drovers 10
Brothers 29 def Blackwater 17
University 61 def Cap Coast 7
Gladstone 36 def Colts 5
LADDER: Gladstone 40, Colts 29, University 27, Blackwater 20, Dawson Valley 17, Frenchville 15, Capricorn Coast 5
"It was quite a physical game and we defended well," the coach said.
"We only had about 35% (possession) of the ball so there was a lot of defence and penalties against us."
"But we took our opportunities when they came which is something we haven't been doing.
"It's hard to single out anyone at all, they all played well."
While the result was sweet, Anderson said it didn't come without its downfalls.
"Three of our boys were sent to the sin bin and one of theirs was, too," Anderson said.
"Our centre Todd Titmus hurt his shin so we're not sure how he'll pull up."
The clash was the feature of Frenchville's annual charity day with this year's event raising $5000 for the CQ Helicopter Rescue and Horse Riding for the Disabled at Parkhurst.
Frenchville will enjoy the bye round this weekend and celebrate their 'Old Boys' reunion in Brisbane.
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