Colts break drought
By AARON KELLY
COLTS capped a season of outstanding dominance to clinch the Rockhampton and District Rugby Union (RDRU) premiership double at Rugby Park on Saturday night.
Carried home by their army of supporters and determined onfield drive, Colts celebrated their first A-grade premiership in 15 years with a gripping 21-15 grand final win over a gallant University.
The groundbreaking victory followed the club's emphatic 40-22 reserve grade triumph against Dawson Valley Drovers.
It was fitting long-serving Colts captain Steve Roser, chasing his first A-grade premiership after 11 attempts, sealed his team's comefrom-behind victory when he scored in the dying stages to spark emotional scenes.
"This is an unbelievable feeling,'' the 29-year-old said.
"We've worked hard all year for this.''
Roser's counterpart, University skipper Craig Wilkes, looked to put the match in doubt when he crashed over next to the uprights mid-way through the second half.
With his team leading 15-13, the inspirational fly-half was deemed to lose the ball over the line and then had a tough long-range penalty attempt waved away.
The series of missed opportunities proved a turning point, with Colts fullback Damien Lawton landing a penalty goal only minutes later to give his side a 16-15 lead.
University tried hard to break down a brick wall Colts defence before prop Alex Eria made an inspired mid-field bust which led to Roser's match-winning try.
Scores were locked 10-all at halftime after Lawton and Wilkes exchanged early tries before big Colts back-rower Phil Benson barged over.
Wilkes added a late penalty goal and shortly after the break reserve back Jordan Hilse broke the deadlock when he scored an opportunist try out wide.
However, an emotional Colts coach, Viv Rowe, said he had complete faith in his team's strengths in the closing stages.