Uni?s report card ? must try harder
By AARON KELLY
DAWSON Valley Drovers' road to the Rockhampton and District Rugby Union (RDRU) A grade premiership remains on track while University's got tougher at Rockhampton's Rugby Park on Saturday night.
Dawson Valley continued their winning run to this year's finals, disposing of University 31-14 in commanding fashion.
Playing in his final game before departing for the UK tomorrow, Drovers' playmaker Joel Johnston farewelled the competition with a second-half try to halt any University fightback.
With only one round remaining this weekend, Colts can claim the minor premiership with victory against Brothers while University face a must-win clash with Frenchville to secure second spot.
The early season pacesetters, University have slumped to four straight losses heading into the finals, but despite the form slump trail Dawson Valley by one point in the race for a top-two finish. Drovers have the final round bye.
Student holidays, injuries and player losses have been the catalyst behind University's nosedive in recent weeks.
University coach Ian Coombe has the difficult task of re-discovering their early season form.
"We need a good win to get the confidence back,'' Coombe said.
Two players Coombe hopes to welcome back in time for the finals are injured outside backs Hugues Groshens and Nick Collins, however, rising star Arno Coetzee is not expected to return from a season-ending knee injury.
In the other game, Brothers also maintained their strong build-up to their finals campaign with a bonus point victory over premiers Frenchville Pioneers, winning 34-17 at Ryan Park.
Points ? Colts 46, Dawson Valley 43, University 42, Brothers 35, Frenchville Pioneers 19.
Round 15 (final round, August 6) ? Brothers v Colts (Rugby Park), University v Frenchville Pioneers (Ian Coombe Oval), Dawson Valley bye.