Beaudesert Warriors defeat Brisbane Irish at Everton Park

BIG YEAR AHEAD: The Beaudesert Warriors made a promising start to their season on the weekend, overcoming last year's grand finalists, Brisbane Irish, with a try after the siren.
BIG YEAR AHEAD: The Beaudesert Warriors made a promising start to their season on the weekend, overcoming last year's grand finalists, Brisbane Irish, with a try after the siren.

The Truck and Earth Beaudesert Warriors faced the fierce Brisbane Irish in their first 15-man game of the year on Saturday.

Due to the stifling conditions at Everton Park, the game was split into four quarters.

Despite their only preparation being an appearance at a pre-season 10s competition at Toowoomba, the first quarter was played at a cracking pace as both teams exchange blows but were unable to convert pressure into points.

Eventually, it was the Warriors who put the first points on the board through a barnstorming individual effort from Jack Barnes, which saw him bust multiple tackles before crashing over.

But the 5-0 advantage was short-lived as it was not long before the Irish responded, crossing the chalk for a try of their own and knocking over the conversion to take the score to 7-5.

The game was being played in the forwards with ageless Brendan Magee and Hugh Dunne rallying the pack to ensure it kept the pressure firmly on the Irish lads.

From a scrum in the Warriors 22, Sam Gilliland scooted off the back and and put 5/8 Josh Irwin through a gap.

Irwin showed some nifty foot work to get over the line for Beaudesert's second try and regain a 10-7 lead.

But the Irish weren’t finished and from a scrum of their own, the number eight was able to crash over and take the score to 10-12 with 3 minutes to go.

In the dying minutes, a great kick and chase by fullback Jared Anderson forced an error and gave the Warriors a sniff with a lineout five metres from the try line.

Off the lineout, the powerhouse Warriors' forwards demonstrated their strength, forming a maul and driving  the Irish back over their line before new recruit Jamie Bloomfield grounded the ball to steal a 15-12 win after the siren.

Captain Sam Gilliland was happy with the team's performance and said he was excited about the upcoming season.

“Irish are a good yardstick as they were in the Grand Final last year," he said.

Experienced forward Brendan Magee said he was impressed by the contributions of juniors Jack Barnes and Josh Irwin as they became accustomed to senior rugby.

“Jack Barnes and Josh Irwin are juniors that have come of age to play seniors," he said.

"Both didn’t take long to show the old boys how it is done and gain some nice tries for the team.”

After last season’s disappointing results there is a lot of excitement around this year's Warriors.

The club is in a much better position, with the number of players increasing and plenty of support coming from the local business community through the great work of Brent Kohlhagen.

President Shayne Callaghan said he was looking forward to having a sponsors night soon to say thank you.

"The support that we have received this year has been overwhelming," he said.

The season starts on March 22 with the Warriors taking on Riverside at Bulimba before returning home for three home games in a row

Training is Wednesday night at 6:30pm and everyone is welcome to come along and you can follow the team on Facebook