by Angus Jamieson, St George Frillnecks
Union The Frillnecks travelled to a windy Gold park in Toowoomba on Saturday for what was a crucial game against a tough Rangers side.
With the sharp end of the season around the corner, the men in red were eager to cement second spot on the Downs rugby ladder.
With nearly the same squad for the past four games, the Frillies were brimming with confidence and looking to execute their ability against a fired up Rangers side.
Early pressure from the big men of the Rangers up front had the 'necks reeling for the first quarter of the game as the Toowoomba side came out swinging for the boundary.
Down 14-nil early, the Frillies got back to basics with the classic St George style of the Ol' pick and drive to work their way deep into their opponents half.
With a few dropped balls and points missed through enterprising plays not quite coming up trumps, the 'necks finally entered the scoring arena with a try to hard running centre Tom Sandow. The sea-saw game ran for most of the second half but with a solid scrummaging performance from the Rangers tight 5, it set-up the base for the home team to eventually run out winners 26-11 and leave a bitter taste for the Frillnecks to savour on the drive home.
A solid game from water boy Jordan Dallinger and assistant water boy/man Jack Johnson nearly took home best on field but eventually went home with a deserved three points after a mammoth effort up front from Kody Wilkinson, two points went to Jarrid Duiker with a strong running game and defensive staunch throughout and one point went to work horse Clem 'career wrecking' Brosnan.
The final match of the regular season approaches this weekend with a trip to frosty Warwick to tackle probably the hardest game of the second half of the season. A fired up Rat's side will be keen as mustard but the men in red are steeling themselves for the contest.