Red hot rugby in the region

The Gladstone Goats will need to continue their momentum this weekend.

By Liam Emerton

The Rugby Capricornia season is back in action this week after the Easter break gave the players a chance to recover from the opening games.

Men’s league leaders Colts Rugby Club are looking red hot heading into their clash with Dawson Valley Drovers.

The Drovers will be a tough match for the currently undefeated Colts, especially at Dawson Valley’s home The Stockyard.

Back in round one the Drovers hosted the 2020 competition runners up and demolished the Goats 40-0.

In the Colts only away match of the season so far they were able to overcome defending champions Brothers Rugby Club 28-16 two weekends ago.

The match promises to be the highlight of round four with the Colts hoping to keep their undefeated streak alive.

Another top tier match taking place this weekend will see the also undefeated Frenchville Pioneers battle the Gladstone Goats.

The Goats picked up their first win in round three when it took down Biloela 22-5 in Gladstone but previously fell in both aforementioned matches against Colts and Drovers.

The Pioneers took down defending champs Brothers in round one convincingly, winning 34-10, but have not played a second of competitive rugby since that match almost a month ago.

The Frenchville squad had their match against the Crocs postponed before drawing the round-three bye.

It will be a really big test for Frenchville who looked impressive in that round-one victory over Brothers.

For the Goats, they will need to bounce off their terrific win over Bilo two weeks ago and turn that into travelling form.

The final match of the men’s competition will see the Brothers take on the Biloela Cockatoos at Victoria Park.

It’s been a rough start to the 2021 season for the defending champs, losing both their opening matches and only securing points from the round-two bye.

The club will need to find its feet and form if it has any chance of defeating a game Bilo side.

The Cockatoos are notorious for not being as strong in away games but have proved in the past that they are not to be overlooked.

In the Women’s-7’s competition the Biloela Cockatiels will want to remain on top of the competition when it faces the second-placed Colts and last placed Brothers in round four.

That trifecta will see each team play each other once with all eyes being on the Bilo and Colts match as the sides currently sit level on 10 points each.

In the other three-game contest of the day, the Gladstone Grufettes will battle the Frenchville women’s 7’s squad.

The Gruffettes hold a slight two-point advantage over Frenchville on the ladder however the Pioneers have won the only contest the two have played this season.

That will be an intriguing contest and could see either side progress up the table.

All in all this week’s rugby looks to promise action no matter which match you watch.