LINE-OUT: Gatton's Oscar Radford wins the ball in the air ahead of USQ's Andre van Staden on Saturday.
LINE-OUT: Gatton's Oscar Radford wins the ball in the air ahead of USQ's Andre van Staden on Saturday. Kevin Farmer

Gatton Black Pigs falter after strong start

RUGBY UNION: A blistering opening half an hour of rugby from the Gatton Black Pigs on Saturday left their third-placed opponents USQ reeling but the visitors still allowed a crucial victory to slip through their fingers.

It was a result that left Gatton coach James McColl "heartbroken”.

Gatton seemed to take the home side by surprise with their intensity in the early stages and dominated proceedings for the first 30 minutes, building up a 13-point lead thanks to tries from Hahns Spierling and Todd Daniels.

But USQ woke from their slumber as the half-time break edged closer and scored twice just before the interval to close the gap to three and gain a foothold in the game.

The Saints carried on where they left off in the second term and crashed over quickly to gain control, of which they never relinquished.

They scored another try right at the death to all but land the killing blow.

"That first half an hour would compete with the best teams in the comp, that was brilliant,” McColl said of his side.

"They were slick, they were dominant in their defence, strong in the attack and in the breakdown and clinical in their scrums and line-outs but then it all just kind of fell apart.

"The last 15 (minutes) of the first half, we probably just dropped off ... we let them back into it. I think that was a game that we lost for ourselves.”


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