BREAKAWAY: Dalby's Eddie Dean making a big run against Highfields.
BREAKAWAY: Dalby's Eddie Dean making a big run against Highfields. Contributed

Victory keeps Wheatmen on top of the Risdon Cup

RUGBY UNION: The Wheatmen have maintained their lead of the Wagners Wellcamp Risdon Cup with a thumping win over the last- placed Highfields Redbacks on Saturday.

The Wheatmen never looked threatened from the kick-off, running in a stack of tries to win 98-0.

An open game such as this can often lead to complacency, but the men from Dalby looked determined to maintain their five-point advantage over the Goondiwindi Emus on the ladder as they head into the bye this weekend.

Acting A-grade coach Andrew Turner said he was pleased with his team for maintaining their composure and acting "professional” throughout the game.

"We knew it would be tough cause these games can be scrappy and stop start,” Turner said.

"The boys we able to stick to what we wanted to do.

"Defensively we were good compared to the previous week and some of the ball handling skills was really good.”

The Wheatmen will now rest before their next clash which is shaping to be a massive game against USQ Saints.

Turner said the team will still be training, but a rest is important before the run to the finals.

"We still want to train. We have had a few tough game in a row so Tuesday will probably be a lighter session,” he said.

Finishing on top of the ladder is a real possibility for Dalby, but it is not the chief concern according to the stand-in coach.

"It is always good to finish minor premiers, but finishing one or two will be good for us,” Turner said.

"We would like to have a week off in the first round of the finals so we will have to maintain our focus for the last three games.

"We do not want to slip up now, Saints will be a big game coming off the bye.”

The Wheatmen will also play Roma and Toowoomba Bears to finish the season.

Dalby's closest rival, Goondiwindi, have a crucial game this weekend against Toowoomba Rangers.


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