ROAD TRAIN: Echidnas big bad bustling Dan Coulthurst comes steaming through the Dalby Wheatmen defence at the weekend.
ROAD TRAIN: Echidnas big bad bustling Dan Coulthurst comes steaming through the Dalby Wheatmen defence at the weekend. James Liveris

Ladies' Day spirits send the Dalby Wheatmen back to harvest

RUGBY UNION: Champagne popped and the Dalby Wheatmen were stopped as the Roma Echidnas put on a scintillating performance in front of the Ants Nest on Saturday afternoon.

With Ladies' Day in full swing, more than 250 women revelled on the sideline, and with the men pumped up Gallas Fox Park soon became a prickly affair.

A highly contested first ten minutes made it impossible to pick who had their best foot forward but the Echidnas remained persistent, tantalising the Wheatmen in their own half and eventually forced an error.

With the Wheatmen caught offside, flyhalf Ben Bright opted for the cone and secured three points to break the silence.

Pick and drives by the Echidnas forward pack slowly moved the ball towards the try line, and lock Adam Shorten capitalised on the tired defence and crashed over for the first try of the game.

Dalby hit back with a converted penalty making it 8-3 with the scoreline only separated by a try.

With the teams neck and neck, both had to continuously punt the ball out of their own territory for some breathing room.

The ball then landed in the hands of Dalby fullback PJ McVeigh who broke the line gaining 50m and with a quick follow up Todd Daniels got the off load on the outside and dived over the line.

Back to an even scoreline, Ben Bright converted another penalty in the 32'minute bringing the half-time score to 11-8.

At the break, a few vehement speeches from Adam Shorten and president Richard Bright soon fired up the pricks.

In the second half Dalby had the sun in their eyes and as soon as they regained their vision they witnessed AJ Riley coming at them at a blistering pace.

A brilliant passage of play saw AJ Riley put Lachie McKechnie away, swan diving in the corner.

By this time the ladies on the sideline really started boost the morale with Regan Tucker reading the play like a bible, intercepting the ball and running home with a 95m try.

As the final whistle blew it was the Echindas who came out on top with a 23-8 win.


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