Kurt Rowbotham in action for the Wallumbilla-Surat Red Bulls and St George Saints at Surat on Sunday afternoon.
Kurt Rowbotham in action for the Wallumbilla-Surat Red Bulls and St George Saints at Surat on Sunday afternoon. Tom Gillespie

Red Bulls building form after thriller over St George

WALLUMBILLA-Surat have issued a warning – they are a real threat this season.

The Red Bulls are now 2-0 in 2016 after a thrilling win over the St George Saints in Surat on Sunday afternoon.

In wonderful conditions at the traditional clash, where both sides meet halfway along the Carnarvon Hwy to play, the home side ran out 28-22 winners over a vastly improved Saints side.

After doing it tough in their win over the Magpies last week, Wallumbilla-Surat played fluid attacking football throughout the first half, but were forced onto the back foot after the Saints scored on the stroke of half-time.

But from there, the Red Bulls put on a brutal defensive effort to hold St George to nil in the second half, running in three unanswered tries.

Halfback Rhys Irwin, who kicked four out of five conversions to keep the Saints at bay, was excellent in open play, with his deft kick sliding into the in-goal for lightning-fast winger Ben Raiwalui to pounce on and score in the first half.

While Irwin was directing at the back, forwards like Shaun Luck and Kurt Rowbotham led from the front, making barnstorming runs through the middle of the Saints’ tired defence.

While the quality of football was high-standard, the same could not be said for the Reserve Grade, with St George scoring a much-needed 54-16 win in a scrappy affair.

Neither side completed their sets, but it was the Saints who took advantage of their chances in the second half, with the Red Bulls unable to capitalise on the wealth of possession.

The Red Bulls also won in the under-18s, triumphing over the Saints 42-10 while the home side were also victors in the under-16s, where they won comfortably 72-4.


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