On Friday night the Beaudesert Warriors hosted the Brisbane Irish for the first home game of the season at Everdell Park.
Local supporters and a number of former Warriors braved the winter chill and turned up to cheer their team at home.
Warriors coach Kim Bolland said the long-awaited rematch had spectators on the edge of their seats.
"The Warriors were fielding four debutants in Callum Alford, James and Ethan Russell and Dalton Kelly who all accounted for themselves admirably in a close but hotly contested defeat by the Brisbane Irish 10 points to five," he said.
"The defense of the Warriors only allowed one try and a conversion and penalty was the difference in the end.
"Dalton Kelly scored the Warriors try, crashing over from short range."
Bolland said Warriors player Sam Gilliland stepped up to claim player of the match after demonstrating excellent game management skills and continually encouraging his teammates.
"Jack Barnes was cruelly denied a try which would have given the Warriors the lead with five minutes to go but was recalled for a scrum," he said.
"While it was a loss for the
Warriors, the team showed that they will be a force in this competition as they continue to develop combinations and build for the remainder of the season."
This came after last week's match against the Cyclones at Redland Bay where the Beaudesert Warriors held their own in the first game of the season, going up against a fully stocked team with only 13 players.
Bolland said the Warriors gave it their all.
"The undermanned Warriors were ferocious in defence and were able to hold the superior manned opposition scoreless for the first 20 minutes before the Cyclones scored twice," he said.
"The team displayed mental toughness and a positive attitude throughout the second half, blunting their opponents attack with dogged defence."
The Warriors play at Everdell Park again on August 7, August 28, September 11 and September 25 and invite Beaudesert locals to come along and show their support.
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