Frenchville impresses despite loss

FRENCHVILLE coach Ron Howell has applauded his players' effort in their 34-5 defeat at the hands of Gladstone at the weekend.

Without their main strike players Robert Chelepy and Ashley Kris, who were unavailable due to CQ Brahmans commitments, Howell was forced to field a largely inexperienced outfit.

Despite the lopsided scoreline, Howell said he was pleased with the effort and commitment shown by his players.

“I thought we played really well,” he said.

“It was great to see we had a full reserve grade and A-grade side, considering we probably had 10 to 12 players away.

“From a club's point of view it's very pleasing that we can put two sides out of a week.”

Against a Gladstone outfit noted for its strength in the forwards, Howell was impressed with how his young chargers took it to the experienced Gladstone pack.

“I was really pleased with how our lineouts and scrums went considering we had a lot of younger players in the forwards,” he said. “We've got a lot of younger players and probably lack the experience that University and Colts have, but there's lots of potential there.

“In the end, Gladstone was a lot fitter than we were, but I was really pleased.”

With local rugby enjoying an Easter break this weekend, Howell said the timing couldn't be better.

“We'll have a bit of a break over Easter. It'd be good to have a couple of weeks off to let guys recover,” he said.

In the other fixtures at the weekend, Brothers overcame Blackwater and, as expected, University was no match for Dawson Valley at home.

The Drovers scored 13 tries in their 77-3 win over University at Moura on Saturday afternoon, with coach Jack Wright pleased with the effort against the under-strength students.

“They were depleted in numbers, but we played very, very well,” he said.


Gladstone 34 def Frenchville 5.

Dawson Valley 77 def University 3.

Brothers 39 def Blackwater 7.

Colts Bye.

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