The Beaudesert Warriors played their second home game of the season on Friday night against the ladder leading Griffith Uni Knights.
With the Beaudesert Truck and Earth sponsored side being undefeated this season it shaped as a big game for both teams and Captain Ben Nash spoke about keeping control of the ball and playing for field position throughout the match.
The Knights got off to a great start to the game scoring three tries within the first 15 minutes to stun the sluggish Warriors side who could not get into the rhythm of the match.
With a change in tactics though the Warriors took to keeping the ball in the forwards and with some strong running from Hugh Dunne, Jake Sampson and Matt Peterson they soon found some in-roads up the middle of the field.
Going into the second half and trailing by 19-0, the Warriors adopted the same tactics to try and negate the faster Knights backline, and this paid dividends with Henry Miller crossing the tryline to close the gap.
Josh Irwin converted the try to close the score to 19-7.
This kicked the Warriors into gear, and they proceeded to trouble the Knights defence who started to lose their structure and discipline and give away multiple penalties in a row.
While the Warriors continued to compile pressure, they could not crack the opposition again, and with a late consolation try to the Knights the final scored ended up at 26-7.
Both teams will meet again in the next round and it is already shaping up to be a game to mark on the calendar, especially with the Warriors expecting some of their more experienced players back after missing Friday night's match.
Player of the match for the Warriors went to Ryan Lilly and Micah Jackson who both troubled the Knights team with their strong running and dogged defence.