Wallaroos out to break 1126-day hoodoo
WALLAROOS will head to Bundaberg today to do what they have not done in 1126 days: beat Hervey Bay.
The last time the Maryborough club beat the Seagulls in a Bundaberg Rugby League game, Danny Holmes coached the side to a 58-18 win on August 4, 2014.
Since then, Hervey Bay has dominated, winning all nine games between the two.
Current Wallaroos coach Peter Waters said his squad entered the preliminary final with the belief they could end the Seagulls' three-year supremacy.
"We had a good training session on Thursday night and they're all ready to go,” Waters said.
"They're in with a bit shot.
"If Ben Waters plays like he did last week he will single-handedly beat them.”
Halves Ben and Luke Waters steered Wallaroos to a commanding 42-10 win against Waves Tigers in the minor semi-final.
"If we can maintain their big men in the middle then the centres either side should be able to put them away,” Waters said.
Brandon Law and Shaun Collins were in irrepressible form throughout the season.
The centres combined for 42 tries in the regular season - 13 and the league-leading 29 respectively, amost 40% of the club's total - while veteran Collins was deservedly named the BRL's joint Player of the Year with Isis Devil Tim Cole.
Collins will match-up against gun Seagulls centre Letuia Eliu, with Law against Steven Brudzinski.
Winger Dylan McCrae has kept his spot in the starting lineup after scoring five tries in his two games to date, while Joey Alberts will reign from fullback.
A loss will spell the end for second-rower Matthew Walker, who has indicated he will hang up the boots, but Waters said he wanted to delay the retirement party for at least one week.
"We want to send him out with at least a grand final appearance,” Waters said.
Kick-off is at 7pm.