HISTORY: Wallaroos fullback Joey Alberts during Saturday night's historic preliminary final win against Hervey Bay Seagulls.
HISTORY: Wallaroos fullback Joey Alberts during Saturday night's historic preliminary final win against Hervey Bay Seagulls. Mike Knott BUN020917LEAGUE2

Roos rewrite history to reach first BRL grand final since 2009

WALLAROOS will feature in its first Bundaberg Rugby League A-grade grand final since 2009.

A clunky start left fans nervous of another loss to fierce rivals Hervey Bay, but a five-star second half earned the Maryborough club a huge 44-10 win and an unlikely shot at the title.

It was the first time Wallaroos beat the Seagulls since August 4, 2014 - a staggering 1126 days.

"As soon as we scored first after half time I was confident,” Wallaroos coach Peter Waters said.

"I told the interchange official (before the match) that if we played to our potential we'd win by 30.”

Wallaroos' left-side strike combination of centre Shaun Collins and winger Dylan McCrae was unable to cross the strip, but the pair were damaging with ball in hand.

While they were unable to cross the tryline, Collins and McCrae set up several scoring opportunities for their teammates.

Waters said centre Letuia Eliu was one of the key men in Hervey Bay's outfit.

"If he wasn't there we would've won by 200,” Waters said. "He was strong in attack and defence, but if it wasn't for him Shaun probably would've score.

Waters said his troops overcame a clunky start to be locked at 10-all at half-time, but the break provided the perfect opportunity for his squad to reset their playing style.

"We were going too wide, too early, so we just started to drop players under rather than going wide and it worked a treat,” he said.

David Ball was nominated as one of Wallaroos' best.

Wallaroos will face Past Brothers in the A-grade grand final next Sunday.



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