WINNING TRY: Andrew Geldard's try in the second half brought the Wheatmen crowd to its feet and contributed to their 53-0 win over the Bears.
WINNING TRY: Andrew Geldard's try in the second half brought the Wheatmen crowd to its feet and contributed to their 53-0 win over the Bears. Meg Gannon

'Do or die' for A grade Wheatmen

RUGBY UNION: Each try in the A-grade Wheatmen's 53-0 defeat of the Toowoomba Bears caused a raucous with the crowd.

But it was the try scored by second-rower Andrew Geldard that got everyone going.

Geldard scored - what coach Darren Hoskin believes - his first try of the season, and in his rugby career - a try that was well-sought after, and even more deserved.

"Big forwards like him don't get the opportunity to score very often so when they do they get very excited,” Hoskin said.

"He did play very well.

"We were really confident. We had nearly a full strength team, and we've been playing some good rugby in the previous weeks. We were confident going in.”

Last week's game against USQ taught the team to "earn the right to score” - a lesson well executed on the field on Saturday.

"Last weekend we played a really good first half, and then the second half we sort of tried to score off every opportunity whereas this week we worked hard to earn the right to score and once we did all the hard work it sort of just flowed,” Hoskin said.

The addition of B-grader Zac Storey to the side helped contribute to the win.

Hoskin is confident young Storey will see plenty of A-grade games in his future.

"He's a young fellow coming through the club who has been playing really well in some of the lower grades,” he said.

"He played well last weekend and deserved another go this weekend.”

The C-graders experienced similar success against the Bears, taking home a tight 22-19 victory.

Next week is do or die for the A-graders as they take on the Rangers at home for their last chance to place in the finals.

The team will be continuing the fight but if next week doesn't go their way, the season is over for the boys.

"It'll be a big weekend,” he said.

"It's a must-win for us.

"If we lose, we're out at the end of the day.”


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