2020 flashback for Goats

The GRUFCs have been in a slump but could pull themselves out of it with a win over old rivals Rockhampton this weekend.

By Liam Emerton

The Rugby Capricornia championship will host a 2020 grand final rematch when the Gladstone Goats take on the Rockhampton Brothers this week.

The GRUFCs have been inconsistent this season and are yet to pick up a win in the A Grade competition since it split from the rest of the competitors.

Their most recent loss came at the hands of the Cap Coast Crocs who picked up a 26-24 victory on the weekend.

Despite that loss the Gladstone squad still have plenty to give in the competition and they’ll be up for the challenge of their old Rocky rivals.

The two teams are yet to meet this season but it was Gladstone that had the majority of success over their inter-city rivals last year.

The Frenchville Pioneers defeated Rockhampton Brothers in the most recent round, winning 22-17 thanks to tries from Tristian Butcher, Joe Schottelius, Josh Bolck and Yacob Kial.

Touching on the Pioneers they will have a huge clash of the titans this weekend when Colts Rugby Club travels to Ryan Park.

It will be a top-of-the-table matchup in the championship with the Colts sitting first and the Pioneers just one point behind them.

Last year’s grand final winners will have plenty of confidence heading into the match against the league leaders.

Due to the mid-season competition split the Colts and Frenchville are yet to face this season so it will be a huge test for both sides.

Colts pulled off a 16-14 win in round nine over the 2021 minor premiers, the Dawson Valley Drovers, to retain their top spot.

That win saw Ezra McIvor score the Colts’ lone try while Isaiah Sullivan kicked one conversion and three penalty goals to give his side a huge victory.

But their attention will divert now to the Pioneers, who are on a great run of their own.

Frenchville’s top squad is undefeated since the competition split and hasn’t been knocked off since round three of the season.

The final first grade contest will seriously test the Crocs’ new found form, pitting them against the Dawson Valley Drovers at The Stockyard.

The Drovers are always formidable on their home paddock and will be eager to bounce back after suffering that loss against the Colts last week.

A big win for Dawson Valley could help them catch up to the remainder of the competition as they’ve slipped back to fourth place.

In the reserve grade competition the Biloela Cockatoos have continued their undefeated streak after beating Mount Morgan 44-8.

They look to keep their momentum rolling when they clash with Frenchville’s reserve side at Ryan Park.

Colts reserves will battle with Mount Morgan with both sides searching for a big win this weekend.

The women’s competition Frenchville will take on Brothers while Cap Coast look to defeat the Gladstone Colts squad.