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Jumping and jiving Wallaroos are letting loose on field

Roy Stretton crossed the line twice in his side's win.
Roy Stretton crossed the line twice in his side's win. Tracey Joynson

THE hard work's beginning to pay off for the Wallaroos. Under new coach Danny Holmes, the A-Grade side had the scoreboard attendants run off their feet at the weekend, racking up 60 points in another skilful display.

What that means for the Roos is back-to-back victories for the first time in 2014, something that further boosts the positive feelings surrounding this side this season.

Forever the coach, Holmes made a point of saying that while scoring 60 points made it hard to get beaten, he was most pleased with the disappointment in the sheds after Saturday's game - disappointment that was stemming from the team's belief it could have kept Waves Tigers to less than 24.

"We got up another couple of wins in the top two grades…but we let 24 points in mate, the boys were dirty on themselves for that," Holmes explained yesterday.

"They're really pleasing me; they're actually maturing very, very well in terms of the overall picture of a game of rugby league, and the fact that they were dirty on themselves for letting in the 24 points when they knew they should've stopped a good half of them.

"That's showing a maturity beyond their years. Since the beginning of the season, they've grown years in maturity and that's been pleasing to see."

Not only surprising the league with their belief, toughness and skill in 2014, the Wallaroos top 17 are also tripping up one of the hardest men in the Wide Bay there is to surprise: their coach.

Holmes admitted that while he thought they'd mature as rugby league players in his time at the helm, he had no idea that they'd begin to do it so quickly.

Now, with club games on hold the coming weekend for representative games in Gladstone, the win means the Maryborough Wallaroos will hang on to third for the next few weeks at least. And it has a bye in round 6.

Topics:  bundaberg rugby league, wallaroos




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