Drovers need a good swift kick


THE Dawson Valley Drovers are on the hunt for a replacement goalkicker in the lead-up to this year's Rockhampton and District Rugby Union (RDRU) A-grade competition.

The Drovers continued their winning ways with a 27-5 win over Frenchville Pioneers at Rockhampton's Rugby Park on Saturday.

However, the scoreline could have been a lot more after the visitors landed just one goal in their five tries to one victory.

With Dawson Valley's Queensland Country star Joel Johnston bound for the United Kingdom in two weeks, the lookout has begun for a new kicker.

"We've kicked one goal from about 10 attempts in the last two weeks,'' said Johnston, who will link with the Southend club in the National Division Three competition.

Leading 10-5 at halftime, the Drovers piled on 17 unanswered points in the second half with tries to inside centre Roger Leeson, winger Matt Hutchinson and five-eighth Jason Webster while Johnston kicked a converson coming off the bench.

Big forward Ben Wiltshire put his hands up for the goalkicking job against Frenchville.

"He couldn't kick the side of a barn door,'' Johnston joked.

Dawson Valley tackle Colts in a top-of-the-table clash this weekend after Colts scored a powerful 43-3 victory against fellow title-contenders University at Rugby Park on Saturday.

In reserve grade, Colts beat University 30-19 and Dawson Valley edged out Frenchville 20-19 while Cap Coast and Mount Morgan enjoyed wins in the sub districts.

Points ? University 41, Colts 41, Dawson Valley 38, Brothers 26, Frenchville 15.

Round 13 (July 23) ? Brothers v University (Rugby Park), Colts v Dawson Valley (Nutley Oval), Frenchville bye.

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