Central teams suffer big losses in opening round of champs
CENTRAL Queensland suffered defeat at the hands of dominant South Queensland teams in the opening round of the Graincorp Queensland Country Championships.
Both the South Open and under-19 Colts executed convincing wins over the visiting Central teams at Noosa Dolphins Rugby Club on Saturday.
The South Queensland Colts set the tone for the Opens game with a commanding 50-14 win over Central.
Central's Colts coach Steve Anderson said it was a good match until the 55-minute mark.
South Queensland led 21-14 at that stage, and then the wheels fell off for the Central team.
"We then lost several players due to injury, including our captain Jordan Thompson and fullback Brendan Stanley, who had solid games until they were replaced," Anderson said.
South Queensland ran in four converted tries in the last 20 minutes to run away with the match 50-14.
Nic Fordyce and Ed Donaldson were outstanding with Joe Marshall providing solid support up front when he came on in the second half.
Meanwhile, in the Open clash, South Queensland continued its stronghold over its Central counterpart, posting an impressive 62-12 win.
South Queensland will be looking to replicate its effort next Saturday, June 29 when it travels to Cairns to take on North Queensland, while the Central teams will have a break before taking on North Queensland in Rockhampton on July 6.