Conditions at Sullivan Oval on Saturday for the game between the Stanthorpe Gremlins and Inglewood Roosters could only at best be described as bitter for spectators and players with an icy wind blowing across the ground.
The visitors were coming off a surprise loss the previous week to Texas and bounced back in this game with a 34-14 win.
Leading the way for the Roosters was experienced veteran Brent Osbourne who simply does not know how to play a poor game. Osbourne ran in three of the Roosters eight tries. Roosters Centre Jaycob Mudge opened the scoring in the ninth minute. He was not to be outdone by Osbourne and scored again in the 57 and 67th minutes of the game to notch up his own treble. Other try scorers were Brendon Sauverain and Jordan Hall.
Gremlins half back Vili Faaola Vili put the home side on the scoreboard shortly after Mudge’s first try but the home side had difficulty containing the visitors who laid on two more tries.
Gremlin’s centre Stephen Foster narrowed the margin when he scored close to half time and with the conversion by Vaililo Saio successful the score at half time was 14-10.
The roosters came out firing in the second half. Brent Osbourne scored his second, but the conversion was unsuccessful. The Gremlins returned serve almost immediately with a try to Nigel Bonetto in the 45th minute.
The joy was short lived for the Gremlins fans as Osbourne ran in his third. From that point the Roosters dominated the second half scoring three unanswered tries before full time siren.
In the early ladies League tag game, the Gremlins score a 64-8 win over the visitors. The Stanthorpe girls scored 12 tries and kicked eight conversions.
Following their win, the Roosters have cemented second spot on the Border Rivers ladder.