By Liam Emerton
After a week off – six teams in the Rugby Capricornia competition will return this weekend.
With four wins from the opening five fixtures the Dawson Valley Drovers will host last year’s premiers Brothers Rugby Club in an intriguing clash.
The two sides will match up for the first time in around two years after the Drovers did not compete in the 2020 season.
Since its return to the Rugby Capricornia competition Dawson Valley has won both of its home matches, scoring 102 points in the process.
The Brothers had a shaky start to their title defence, picking up their first win just two rounds ago, but picked up a tough win against the Crocs in round five.
But the club is yet to face a challenge like a full strength Drovers cheered on by their home crowd.
In another intriguing clash in round six, Gladstone Goats will host the Cap Coast Crocs in what is traditionally a tight contest.
The Goats will be well rested after drawing the round-five bye and a week off. The club’s last match was on Saturday, 10 April when it produced a dominant display against the Frenchville Pioneers.
The Crocs’ round-five loss against Brothers was a tough one to take especially considering the side is yet to taste victory this season.
The club has played one less match than their opposition this weekend after its round-two game was postponed due to the weather.
Cap Coast will need to produce a similar spell to what they did in round-five to defeat the red-hot Goats, who haven’t lost since round two.
In the final game of the round, the notoriously tough Biloela Cockatoos were set to host the Frenchville Pioneers, however, due to a lack of numbers the Pioneers were forced to forfeit the contest.
There will be some much-wanted rugby action out at Bilo this week when the Cockatiels, Brothers and Frenchville compete in the women’s 7s competition.
Bilo will open the day against Brothers, before the two Rockhampton-based sides collide, then the Cockatiels will return to take on Frenchville in the final match.
In the other women’s match the Grufettes will look to bounce up the ladder when they face the second-placed Colts.
Those two sides clashed twice just two weeks ago with the Colts scoring 19-17 and 20-12 victories over the Gladstone women.