CONFIDENT PLAY: Biloela's Jason Hibble lines up a Gladstone forward.
CONFIDENT PLAY: Biloela's Jason Hibble lines up a Gladstone forward. Mike Richards GLA130518RGBU

Stoic defence platform for Cockatoo's success

LAST Saturday had Round 8 of the Rugby Capricornia season with Gladstone playing host to Biloela.

The ladies started the day showcasing their skills in some hard-fought running rugby.

The junior under-13 side took the field in their first match of the winter comp, falling short to a determined Colts outfit.

The senior Men's A Grade game was to be the highlight of the day as this was the first time these two teams have come together against each other.

Biloela coach Peter Kurtz said Gladstone struggled early in the year for player numbers but were still considered one of the dark horses in the competition.

The game started strongly with both sides making early mistakes.

Biloela capitalised early scoring only minutes into the game.

Biloela had the run of play for the next quarter of the game converting two penalty goals.

Gladstone adjusted their attack, keeping it tight and close with forward running to score their first try.

Minutes later they converted their second through similar play.

Gladstone led into the half time break 14-12.

Biloela regrouped at half time, determined not to let victory get away from them, tightening their defence around the ruck denying Gladstone of their third try.

Confidence grew in the Cockatoos' side from that defensive play and they quickly ran in a 70 metre try to take back the lead.

From there Gladstone had no answer to the defensive onslaught of Biloela as they continued making mistakes allowing Biloela to run in another two tries.

Gladstone had the last say with a late try on the final whistle, with the scoreboard reading Biloela 30, Gladstone 19.

Biloela has the bye this week followed by a home game against Brothers.