Beaudesert Warriors draw with Riverside Rebels

UNDEFEATED: The Beaudesert Warriors have started the season in fine form and currently enjoy an unbeaten record.
UNDEFEATED: The Beaudesert Warriors have started the season in fine form and currently enjoy an unbeaten record.

The Beaudesert Truck and Earth sponsored Warriors played their first home game of the season on Friday night against the Souths Magpies from Brisbane.

With a strong pre-season training and recruiting program under their belt, the Warriors were looking to reward their loyal supporters with a show of how far they have progressed since last season.

In front of a large home crowd the Warriors made a great start with strong attacking runs coming from JD Nilon, Ryan Lilly and Henry Miller. This was backed up by a great defensive effort by Drew Watson and Ryan Cotton.

Nilon opened the scoring for the Warriors with a penalty goal in the fifth minute before Ben Nash crossed for a try not long after. With the conversion taking the score to 12-0, it looked like the Warriors would run away with the game, but Souths had different ideas, striking back not long after to make it 12-7.

While the Warriors came close, it was Souths who put first points on the board in the second half. But the Warriors were not phased and they hit back with a try through hard running centre Brad Spencer. A see-sawing encounter ensued with Jack Barnes crossing the chalk for the home side before Souths got one of their own back.

Never give up is the Warriors motto and they demonstrated this on the park, hanging in while Souths bombarded their line.

It was left to Caleb Callaghan to seal the win for the Warriors, scoring in the corner after some slick ball handling skills from the young backline.

Coach Brendan Magee said he was extremely proud of the young team and the skill that they showed when playing against much older and experienced opposition.

With Sam Gilliland leading the side around from halfback the team showed the potential they have always had to upset the more fancied teams in the competition..

The Warriors have another two home games coming up. They will look to maintain their unbeaten run against Gold Coast Colleges on Friday before facing last year's grand finalists, Med XV, in what should be a test for both sides.

Friday's result comes after a severely depleted Warriors drew 5-5 with the Riverside Rebels in the previous Normanby Cup round.

After going into the break locked at 5-5, the Sam Gilliland led Warriors lifted a gear in the second half but were left to rue a number of missed opportunities with the last pass going to ground.

Jack Barnes' explosive running again proved a highlight, while the enthusiasm displayed by back turned forward Brent Kohlhagen was inspiring. Kohlhagen, who only recently moved into the scrum, was enormous.