Wallaroos now forced to fight for a place in BRL GF
WALLAROOS must win three consecutive sudden death finals if it is to win the Bundaberg Rugby League premiership.
The Maryborough club failed in its quest to set up an all-Fraser Coast major semi final when it fell 40-16 to Past Brothers.
While Brothers will now face Hervey Bay Seagulls for a place in the grand final, Wallaroos must beat Waves Tigers if it is to survive.
"It blew out at the end,” Wallaroos coach Peter Waters said. "I thought we were competitive, we just didn't get a break.
"It's going to be a cracker of a game (against Waves). We have a strong, physical side against a football side. If we can weather the storm early we can get the points.”
Wallaroos traded blows with Brothers for much of the Salter Oval semi final.
While Wallaroos were down by just six points with about 15 minutes left, Past Brothers made the club pay for silly errors.
A foot injury to Brandon Law further soured Wallaroos' loss, with Waters uncertain if the utility, who plays either centre or back row, will play this week.
"This will be one of the games where you have to be ready to go,” Waters said.
"Wests competed really well. They threw it around a bit, which is similar to how we play.
"I'm not disappointed with our performance, I think we competed and played well and Ben Turner was the best on-field by a mile.
"But I am disappointed with the result.”
Law, Josh Crowley and Shaun Collins scored tries for Wallaroos, while hooker Jack Horder kicked two goals. Rueben Olive scored three tries for Brothers.
The Tigers beat Wests Panthers 36-22 in the other final. Former Panther Trent Seeds scored three tries for Waves while Arden Lankowski kicked six goals.
Hervey Bay Seagulls will face Burnett Heads Cutters in the women's minor semi final. The Seagulls fell 32-18 to Isis Devils in the qualifying final.