Bundaberg Rugby League: Wallaroos v Wests Panthers at Eskdale Park, Maryborough.
Bundaberg Rugby League: Wallaroos v Wests Panthers at Eskdale Park, Maryborough. Matthew McInerney

Roos claim four straight to keep pressure on Waves

LEAGUE: A Luke Waters hat-trick led Wallaroos to a commanding 34-6 win against Wests Panthers.

The win, which ensures Wallaroos remain outright second on the Bundaberg Rugby League ladder, was the perfect warm-up ahead of the Maryborough club's clash with rivals Hervey Bay Seagulls.

Wallaroos won 44-12 when the two sides met at Eskdale Park in round five, and this week's Childers Showground encounter remains equally as important for both sides.

Wallaroos are desperate to maintain pressure on Waves Tigers, who beat Isis devils 26-6, and push for the minor premiership.

Hervey Bay, who were smashed 72-0 by Past Brothers at Bundabegr's Salter Oval, is trying to avoid the wooden spoon after the club claimed three straight minor premierships, and must win at least one more game to leapfrog Maryborough Brothers.

If Saturday's performances were anything from which to judge, Hervey Bay will struggle to contain Wallaroos' attack.

While Wests' defence denied the home side of at least three early scoring opportunities, the way Wallaroos create chances will leave Hervey Bay coach Alan Ezzy with nightmares leading up to what is arguably each club's most anticipated fixture.

Zeke Varley scored his fourth try in as many A-grade games this season, to put Wallaroos on the board, as the BRL's second-placed side raced to a 20-0 lead at the break.

Wallaroos were slow out of the gates, as errors and Wests defence stopped at least three tries in the first 15 minutes.

A Robert Telfer try 11 minutes into the second stanza started Wests' comeback but James Prichard's conversion was as far as it went.

Waters scored two tries in five minutes while five-eighth Luke Beatty kicked three second half goals, which completed his 10-point haul, as Wallaroos sealed a 34-6 win.



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