Colts keep play-off hopes alive with University win
COLTS have kept alive their faint hopes of making the Central Queensland Rugby Union play-offs with a 31-20 win over University at Rugby Park.
Sitting bottom of the table, 10 points behind University, the troubled Colts outfit ran in three tries in the first half with hooker Kendall Heke's influence key in defence and attack.
"It was a fairly even game but our forwards laid a good platform allowing our backs to go to town and score most of the points," Colts coach Frank Busby said.
"We worked hard trying to get that little bit more go forward and let our runners into the game by opening up space."
The bonus-point victory had no effect on Colts' placing but Busby was confident it was a positive step forward for the club.
He said Denzel Mooney delivered a standout performance with a zippy whisk up the outside edge to cross the paint, attributing to the depleted side's five-try showing.
"Denzel got a couple of tries for us, he is always dangerous with the ball," Busby said.
"Brenton Hoffman had a really good game and helped put us back on the board."
Colts launched successive raids on University's line after the break but struggled to break their defence.
"They are a good young side. Their defence was stiff and they had some big forwards who continued punching up through the middle," Busby said.
"We struggled to contain them a bit in the second half."
Colts lost representative player Tui Luva to a shoulder injury before kick-off with stand-in prop Ryan Collins also sidelined.
"In the past few weeks we have lost five of our A-grade players due to injury and that has really hurt our forward pack," Busby said.
"With a depleted front line we struggled in the scrummages and that's definitely an area we need to improve on."
Colts will face Brothers this weekend in Round 9.
CQRU ROUND 8
Rockhampton Brothers 31 def by Gladstone 47
Dawson Valley 21 def Frenchville Pioneers 15
Colts 31 def University 20