Wheatmen take win ahead of Rangers clash
RUGBY UNION: The Wheatmen welcomed back their captain in style on Saturday, defeating UQ Gatton in convincing fashion.
The Dalby players did not have it all their own way in the opening 20 minutes, with the students applying plenty of pressure to the defending premiers.
The Wheatmen showed their class to overrun the visiting Gatton, 52-12.
Coach Nathan Bradley said he was pleased his side was playing good rugby.
"It was great to see the boys edge their way back into a bit of form on Saturday afternoon,” Bradley said.
"To the students' credit it was very tight for the first 20 minutes with our boys having to dig deep to get our first points.
"We came out in the second half with clear instructions to improve on the little things which we did well.”
Bradley said the depth of his squad proved to be a big difference between the two sides, as he again showed no hesitation in using his bench to close out the game.
"We then made a heap of changes with our bench and again, which is exciting for the club, we lost nothing and ran away with the game,” Bradley said.
"This leaves us with some selection issues coming into this weekend's ladies' day clash against Rangers with all being fit.”
Captain Sam Hogarth returned from his two-week injury, while Brock Carmichael continued to show promising form at scrum-half.
Bradley described flanker Rob Walton as one of his best on Saturday.
The breakaway is in career best form, according to his coach, who said his consistency had become reliable for the team and coaching staff.
The Wheatmen have a tough assignment this weekend at home to Toowoomba Rangers.
Rangers sit third on the Risdon Cup ladder, 14 points behind the Wheatmen in second place.
It will be ladies' day for the Wheatmen club this weekend, and one of the year's largest crowds is expected.