Wallaroos pivot Ben Waters.
Wallaroos pivot Ben Waters. Valerie Horton

Could Wallaroos be BRL's dark horse?

WALLAROOS have flown well under the radar but could the Maryborough club be one of Bundaberg Rugby League's dark horses?

The club earned its fourth win of the A-grade season with a 38-22 win over rivals Maryborough Brothers at Eskdale Park.

It cements third place on the A-grade ladder, five points behind the top two sides and one ahead of Wests Panthers, and if they maintain their form Wallaroos will feature in the top half of the finals draw.

That is not a discussion coach Peter Waters has entertained yet.

While his plan to work with the region's juniors has paid off so far, the goal is to mould them into a genuine premiership threat.

After their latest win, Waters identified defence as a major area in which his troops have to improve, with a focus on the first 10 minutes after halftime.

"It's been a problem in every game so far this year,” Waters said. "I don't think we've learned how to win.

"Other teams could've put 40 or 50 on them but we took our foot off.”

Maryboroguh Brothers fullback Nic Golusin said his side simply didn't compete.

"I thought generally in defence we were pretty good, but we'd defend well for periods then just open up and let them in,” he said.

He said halfback Dalton Harry was one of the best in his beaten side.

Golusin said Maryborough brothers would work on defence ahead of Saturday's game against Hervey Bay.

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