Colts thrash Uni in season opener on Saturday night
OUTSIDE-CENTRE Denzel Mooney scored six tries as Colts thrashed University 69-10 in Round 1 of the Thrifty Central Queensland Rugby Union on Saturday night.
No.11 Alistair Hirst, Kendall Heke, Jackson Harris, Dylan Tiaaleaiga and Mathew Pipe also went over for Colts, who produced a stunning second half performance to claim the win at Rugby Park.
University was kept scoreless in the second term, as Colts ran rampant scoring 39 points after the break.
The game was largely played out in University's territory with the team unable to break Colts' forward pack.
"University really turned it on in the opening 20 minutes but the Colts boys were too hard and fast," Colts coach Frank Busby said.
"We have some big boys in our squad. Our forwards seemed to lay the platform with the backs capitalising on every opportunity."
Speedster Mooney opened his side's account when he outpaced a new-look University defence.
"He proved why he is a valuable member of the Brahmans squad - he's lightning quick," Busby said.
"Once he started to build momentum he was nearly impossible to stop."
University hit back to make its mark on the scoreboard after a glimpse of field position and possession. But that was the last time Uni would cross the line with Colts asserting their dominance in attack.
"They have a whole new team bar three," Busby said.
"I have no doubt their young fellas will only build and become stronger as the season goes on."
Busby said the return of five-eighth Mitch Smith and Harry Hicks to hooker after the Easter weekend would help strengthen his squad.
"We had a good year last year but we have sharpened a few things up and are really starting to work on our set plays," he said.
"We're still only a young team but I'm sure we will help shake things up in the competition this year."
With a similar team heading into the 2015 season, Colts were looking to seek revenge on Brothers after a controversial extra-time effort ended their 2014 premiership hopes.
Colts will now turn their focus towards Round 2 against Cap Coast at Rugby Park on Saturday afternoon.
THRIFTY CQ RUGBY UNION ROUND 1
Colts 69 def University 10
Frenchville 31 def Dawson Valley Drovers 5
Gladstone 22 def Brothers 7