Blue Eagles Peter Langton escapes Dalby's defence in the U18 South Burnett Blue Eagles v Dalby Diehards game on Saturday, june 18 at Cherbourg.
Blue Eagles Peter Langton escapes Dalby's defence in the U18 South Burnett Blue Eagles v Dalby Diehards game on Saturday, june 18 at Cherbourg. Keagan Elder

Dalby U18s get second wind against Eagles

RUGBY LEAGUE: South Burnett Blue Eagles continued their flight in the top tier of the Toowoomba Rugby League under-18 table with another convincing win.

The Blue Eagles downed the Dalby Diehards 30-18 on Saturday at Cherbourg to climb another rung into third place.

Up against the Highfields Eagles on Sunday, Blue Eagles coach Errol Simpson said his team needed to keep up their intensity as the season heats up.

Little more than halfway through the season, Simpson said it was a crucial time to keep performances and injuries in line.

On Saturday, the Blue Eagles made the exact start Simpson was after to hold Dalby to a scoreless first half.

“We were looking pretty sharp with our passes,” he said.

This all unravelled in the second half however as Dalby got its foot in the door and threatened the South Burnett’s 24-0 opening lead.

“In that second half, I don’t know what happened,” Simpson said.

“There was a lack of enthusiasm, a lack of defence and lack of communication.”

Ahead of the Blue Eagles clash against Highfields, Simpson said his team needed to fix the fundamental errors on display in the second half to ensure they stay within the top four on the ladder.

Dalby Diehards coach Clayton Coleman felt his team were hard done by the loss after his team pulled right back into the game.

He said his delivery of ultimatums in the half-time break fired up his team but came undone at the hands of the match officials.

Coleman said he was “disgusted by the referees”, who according to him failed to award Dalby a try which could have swung the game.

“If they awarded that try and we scored another we would have been on the money,” he said.

The Blue Eagles are an under-18 side who play exclusively in that grade.

In the A-grade, the Dalby Diehards faced the Warwick Cowboys at Father Ranger Oval, going down 22-12.

They now sit in fifth place on the leaderboard, with Pittsworth leading the A-grade.

In the B-grade, the Diehards came within two points of the Cowboys, losing 22-24.

They now sit in seventh place, tied with Highfields, with Gatton leading the B-grade.

The C-grade won by a try (18-14), and they now sit in fourth place on the ladder.

The Dalby Diehards will play against Highfields in A and B-grade this Saturday, kicking off from 1.30pm.

The under-18 Diehards will play against Border U18 at Dalby RLFC at 10.30am.


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