Mount Isa Rugby Union (MIRU) competition looks to be anyone’s season following two diverse games on Friday.
The first game saw last year’s minor premiers, Warrigals smash Cloncurry out of the rugby park with a 47-0 score.
Warrigals had a strong presence in Cloncurry’s half for the first 40 minutes. A firm play from Ryan Cassady saw Ronnie Francis score the first try of the match.
Two minutes after Cassady was at it again, running half the field to score under the goal posts. Warrigals 14, Cloncurry 0.
Fifteen minutes into the game, Francis set up another try with Matt Temple doing the honours.
The final try before half time was by Kurt McGregor, converted by Luke Halm. Warrigals 28, Cloncurry 0.
Cloncurry looked more promising in the second half pushing close to Warrigals try line on multiple occasions, but were unable to put points on the board.
15 minutes into the second half and Warrigals player, Casey Kempson scored a try following a scrum at the left corner post.
Ten minutes after Warrigals were in again with Kurt McGregor sealing a try under the goal post. Dylan Buckingham scored the final try of the game. Full time, 47-0.
Warrigals representative, Alex Weller, said the team put in a solid performance.
“We started the game with good attitude which helped get an early lead. Once we had that lead we were able to control the game,” Weller said.
“The most pleasing aspect of the game was holding Cloncurry scoreless, which we discussed at half time.
“Still a lot to build on for the rest of the season, there was a period in the first half where we took the foot off the pedal but it all comes with training and match fitness.”
Cloncurry representative, Hamish Chrisp, said the team didn’t have enough strength.
“We were missing some of our key players and that did partially deter the results. We look forward to building back our strength for next week,” Chrisp said.
The second game saw a close match with Euros defeating Keas 25-12.
Next week’s matches will be held Saturday October 22. Warrigals play Keas at 6pm and Cloncurry play Euros at 7.45pm both games at Mount Isa Rugby Park.