Unbeaten streak faces tough test

Reports by AARON KELLY

THE CQU Norths Chargers' unbeaten run in the 2005 CQ Extended League faces a difficult challenge in their round nine top-of-the-table clash against Gladstone Brothers at Marley Brown Oval tomorrow.

The premiership leaders have been the form side of this year's competition, but travel to Gladstone this weekend without key forwards Joel Garrick and An- thony Munns and lightningquick wingers Aden Wallace and Aaron Benson.

However, the Chargers have been bolstered by the return of front-row enforcers Fili Sofa and Andrew Dale from Comets duties, while playmaker Anthony Toby returns after missing last weekend's 82-28 demolition of Valleys.

Chargers coach Darryl Horstman said he was confident his team can continue their winning form.

"There is plenty of character in the side,'' Horstman said.

One player Horstman has called on this weekend to fill the void is former Comets winger Dean Rothery, who finds himself in the second-row after returning from two seasons playing rugby union.

"He's still got plenty of talent to play A grade,'' Horstman said.

Round 9 ? (Today) Valleys v FitzroyGracemere (Marley Brown Oval), Tannum Sands v Biloela (Tannum Sands), Rockhampton Brothers v Wallabys (Victoria Park); (Tomorrow) Gladstone Brothers v CQU Norths (Marley Brown Oval), Yeppoon bye.

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