Goats kept scoreless in rough loss

The Gladstone Goats take on the Dawson Valley Drovers this weekend.

By Liam Emerton

The Rugby Capricornia Championship continues to be one of the toughest competitions in all of Central Queensland.

In round 11 the Frenchville Pioneers were ferocious against the Gladstone Goats, winning 34-0 at Newman Oval.

It was a rough day for the GRUFCs who were then overtaken on the table by the Cap Coast Crocs.

Now the Goats will have to refocus on the Dawson Valley Drovers who will travel to Marley Brown Oval to take on our local squad.

The GRUFCs are in danger of slipping too far away from a finals spot and will need to recover quickly.

A home win against the Drovers would be a huge way to re-announce themselves as a Rugby Capricornia giant.

The reason for the Cap Coast Crocs’ leapfrog is when they travelled to Tom Nutley Field to take on the Colts A grade squad.

Having been defeated 92-0 last week, not many people would have given the Crocs a chance against the Colts.

But thanks to some brilliant defence and some perfect kicking, the Crocs defeated Colts 14-10 and in turn pushed them above the Gladstone Goats on the A Grade table.

Riley Cox and Jesse Winch were the try scorers for Cap Coast while Hamish Wrafter’s boot kicked two goals.

But the ultimate test for the Crocs awaits in round 12 when the squad challenges the league-leading Frenchville Pioneers.

The Frenchy squad hasn’t lost since round three and has gone on a season-defining winning streak.

In the middle of that winning stretch, the Pioneers defeated Cap Coast 60-5 at Tom Nutley Oval.

With the tall task in front of them, the Crocs will have to be ready to step up against the measuring stick of the competition.

In the other round 12 A Grade fixture, Rockhampton Brothers will take on the Colts in a big battle in Biloela.

Brothers also lost their most recent matchup, being knocked off 34-12 by the Dawson Valley Drovers.

With both Rockhampton and Colts searching for a bounce-back win, that match could have massive effects as the competition heads towards the end of the season.

In the reserve grade, the Bilo Cockatoos have continued their perfect season by defeating Colts reserves 43-14.

Mount Morgan found their second win of the season by defeating the Frenchville Pioneers B Grade 41-36.

This week those games will be replayed, this time at the opposite home grounds.

In the women’s competition just the Biloela Cockatiels and the Cap Coast Crocs played with Bilo scoring a 60-7 victory.

Elly May and Bonnie Maynard both scored hattricks in the win which has kept the Cockatiels in the hunt for first place.