Droves tough season teaches lesson

BRIGHT FUTURE: Drovers coach Angus Peacocke can see better times ahead for the rugby union club that battled backline injuries this season.
BRIGHT FUTURE: Drovers coach Angus Peacocke can see better times ahead for the rugby union club that battled backline injuries this season.

DAWSON Valley Drovers A-grade coach Angus Peacocke claims that his players have learned one important lesson from a tough season – commitment.

The club notched up just six wins in the Central Queensland Rugby Union (CQRU) competition as the Drovers had to field a host of young players as injuries cut a swathe through the backline.

Peacocke said despite the season not looking better on paper than last year in terms of wins and losses, he found one main positive.

“We played at a higher level, injuries not withstanding,” Peacocke said.

“The players realised the sacrifices needed if we want to be a success.

“They realised there is more to footy than just the beers afterwards,” he said.

Peacocke said he hoped that would bear fruit next season with more wins and that the cultural change would filter down to reserve grade.

“You need a strong reserve grade to push your first grade for spots,” he said.

Peacocke admitted that due to the constant changes in the backs their attack never got to produce what it was capable of, rating it just above a pass mark, C+, for the season overall.

“It took us a while to remember we could score tries,” he said.

The coach was happier with the Drovers’ defence, rating it a B+.

“Our defence was good for 90 per cent of the time but would drop off for 10 per cent and we seem to get penalised by opposition teams.

“That says more about their attack then our defence,” Peacocke said.

He said they weren’t a club to head-hunt rival players but would work with players that wanted to come to the club.

“We are always looking for front-rowers,” admitting that despite two strong starting props, they lacked depth.

Peacocke said he expected big things next season from several young players who played well this season to develop into consistent A-graders, making special mention of front-rower Ross Sparks, fullback Owen Moore and halfback Alex Guse.

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