Pioneers take off towards title

The Frenchville Pioneers are starting to distance themselves from the competition.

By Liam Emerton

The Rugby Capricornia Championship saw some interesting results in the wake of an intense round 12.

The Frenchville Pioneers men’s squad made an emphatic statement when they battered the Cap Coast Crocs.

After continuing their impressive winning streak last week the Pioneers flew into the game against the Crocs wanting to prove their place as the top title contender.

The Cap Coast squad had to travel to Ryan Park for the match but did bring a lot of confidence into the match having knocked off the second-place Colts the week before.

However a Tristian Butcher masterclass saw him lead the way and give his Frenchy side a 38-14 victory.

Butcher scored a hattrick and nailed a single conversion in the sides’ big win, keeping them nine points clear of the Colts.

The Colts were well-prepared for their monster match against Rockhampton Brothers but a forfeit halted that, with Colts awarded the points.

In the final match of A Grade the Dawson Valley Drovers demolished the Gladstone Goats.

The GRUFCs have been in a poor run of form and came up against a side which has put 126 points together in two games, while Gladstone had only managed 23.

It’s no surprise that the 2021 minor premiers came out swinging even though Gladstone was the home squad.

A double each for George Stacey and Billy Smoothy along with five other try scorers was enough to knock off the GRUFCs 61-5.

That means the Drovers have now scored 187 points in three games, which is just an incredible hot streak of scoring.

Moving on into the B Grade competition, the Mount Morgan Lorikeets pulled off their biggest win of the season.

They faced the Frenchville Pioneers at Ryan Park and won 62-5 in front of Frenchy’s home crowd.

A Connor Stewart hattrick and doubles from Kye Leisha and Beau Munday helped project the mountain men to a massive victory.

The second B Grade match did not go ahead with the Biloela Cockatoos granted the victory.

In the women’s competition the Frenchville Pioneers continued their run with a 58-5 win over Cap Coast.

Anna Hepburn scored three tries for the Frenchville squad in that victory which has kept them on top of the table.

Their current challengers to the title, Biloela, managed a grindout 49-26 win over the Gladstone Goats-Colts squad.

Rowen Massurit and Bonnie Maynard both crossed the tryline four times each in the team’s massive win.

There will be no games of rugby this weekend with the sides on a week break before returning for round 13 on July 9.