Grand final fever set to hit Bowen as Muddies secure spot
THE Bowen Mudcrabs have fought their way into the rugby union grand final and will host the match on home turf.
The Bowen squad secured the grand final spot after an impressive performance in Saturday’s major semi-final against Mackay City at Quarry Hill.
Rain began to fall just before kick-off and with a slippery ball, the first few minutes were very scrappy with both teams feeling their way into the game.
The Muddies didn’t let the wet ball get the better of them though, with Nick Poole busting over in the corner to put Bowen up 7-0 after 5 minutes.
It didn’t take long for City to hit back, with a big linebreak from their flyhalf, they hit back 10 minutes in to level the scores 7-7.
The remainder of the first half was physical, tough footy with both forward packs hitting hard.
Oscar Turner, Lachy Davison and Temone Power led the way for the Bowen forwards, putting on some big shots in defence.
Logan Cross was able to dive over in the corner 10 minutes before the break, injuring his ankle in the process.
The half ended at 12-7 to Bowen.
The Muddies kept the pressure on early, pinning City in their own half with some brilliant attacking kicking from Nick Poole and Maty Jenkins
This led to the Muddies getting a 5m scrum where Wendell Querro was able to dive over under the posts.
Bowen kept the foot on the gas five minutes later with a chip kick from Nick Poole, and a brilliant regather and kick from Tim Miller, which put Rainer Power away for another try under the posts.
Xanthe Power scored shortly after to extend the Mudcrabs’ lead to 33-7 with 25 minutes to go.
City was able to crash over with five minutes to go before Temone Power steamed ahead of a kick, regathered and ran 50m to score untouched and take the final score to 40-14 to the Muddies.
Wendell Querro scored three best and fairest points, Temone Power scored two and Nick Poole and Maty Jenkins were given one each.
Coach Tom Andison said it was great to see the squad play structured rugby and play well as a team.
“Especially when Cities were hitting us hard and throwing everything at us,” he said.
“We stuck to our game plan, trusted each other and the result followed.
“The boys have really earned their place in the grand final and they deserve to run out at home in front of a massive crowd, so I hope the town will get behind us, a good bunch of local boys.”
The Mudcrabs have a bye this weekend and will host the grand final at the Bowen Sporting Complex on October 3.
There will be two rugby union games on the day as the Plate final will be played before the Mudcrabs’ match.