Colts Under-16 player Parry Boland is isolated but still has room to take on the defence.
Colts Under-16 player Parry Boland is isolated but still has room to take on the defence. Allan Reinikka

Grand final rematch closes gap

THE under-18s have had their showdown and now it is up to the 14s and 16s this weekend.

Colts travelled to Gladstone for a rematch of the 2010 grand final and, while the Rockhampton team was a winner again, the scores were a lot closer.

Last year Gladstone's good form during the season disappeared on grand final day at Rugby Park, when the discipline of Colts took them to a convincing victory.

The teams were in a similar situation this season, but with Gladstone enjoying home-ground advantage, it would have taken a bold man to predict a winner.

However, a winner there was and it was Colts again, taking the final 19-12.

Spokesman for Central Queensland Rugby Union Brian Auld said the result showed the gap between teams in the junior competition was no longer great.

"It was another close game," he said. "These are good signs for Gladstone, as they are building depth in the club."

The remainder of the action in the competition was centred at Rugby Park. On Friday night the very young players had their matches and for players under the age of 14 years the season extends for a further two weeks after this weekend.

Colts did not do quite do so well in the under-16 grade, with a try by Central Highlands in the dying seconds enough to gain the victory. Central Highlands won the match 19-15 and will meet Brothers in the grand final for the age group on Saturday.

Brothers moved into the final on the back of a convincing win over a Frenchville team that is yet to put a performance together for a full match.

Auld said Brothers snatched two early tries and from that point Frenchville was left to play catch-up.

"We were chasing our tails all afternoon," he admitted.

When the Frenchville backline did get ball it looked impressive and the side contributed with two good tries.

Inside centre Grant Reddex ran more than 50 metres to score one of those tries.

And then Zac Kaur added a further five-pointer with a run from half way before taking on the fullback and beating him with a chip and chase to score.

Amilo Munns added the extras from the sideline but Brothers was a worthy winner by 29-14.



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