Wheatmen lose GF rematch
UNION: The Dalby Wheatmen suffered a tough loss in Goondiwindi on Saturday, in a rematch of last year's grand final.
The Goondiwindi Emus exacted revenge for their defeat in last year's decider, beating the Wheatmen 27-10 at Riddles Oval.
The Emus ran in five tries against the champions, with winger Thomas Jobling scoring two of those.
It concluded what was a long day for the Wheatmen, with the club forced to find a way around the flooded roads all morning just to get to Goondiwindi.
Starting strongly in the first 40, the Wheatmen began to fade in the second stanza as Goondiwindi made them pay.
Despite the underwhelming performance, coach Nathan Bradley was proud of the team's game after the day's challenges and believes the game will provide a platform to improve.
"They say you can take positives out of a loss and I believe our boys will,” Bradley said.
"They (the players) were as disappointed with their performance in the second half as I was.
"We started strong and defended very well, which took a lot out of us, but we managed to hold the ball and come away with points.”
The Wheatmen were still in with a sniff midway through the second half, but the Emus were able to switch up into another gear, while Dalby stalled.
"We lost our way, our fitness lacked and Goondiwindi came away with points,” Bradley said.
"Our set piece was below par and our ability to turn defence into attack was not there.
"We had some big individual performances which tried to lift the boys, but as a collective we were off which, when you're playing a very good team, means it's hard to win and I think the boys now get that.”
Bradley will want to see a quick turnaround in his charges, with the team's first home game against Gatton this weekend.
The match provides the perfect opportunity for the Wheatmen to get their season going, with Gatton coming off consecutive losses to start the year.