DOMINANT: Wallaroos forward Todd Campbell cannot be stopped by the Hervey Bay defence.
DOMINANT: Wallaroos forward Todd Campbell cannot be stopped by the Hervey Bay defence. Matthew McInerney

Wallaroos show resolve after slow start against Seagulls

LEAGUE: A slow start threatened to derail Wallaroos' hopes of stamping their claim at being genuine premiership contenders but a strong second half showed why they belong in the top three.

The Maryborough club, which went within three minutes of a breakthrough Bundaberg Rugby League title last year, has entered this season as one of the teams to watch.

They caught most sides on the hop last year, but rivals have kept a close eye on the boys in blue and white.

Wallaroos had a chance to show why they belong in the top echelon of the BRL after last week's disappointing loss to Wests Panthers, and it was an opportunity they took.

"The first half was very similar to our game against Wests; it was hard to complete, we bombed a few tries, and kept trying to score off every set," coach Peter Waters said.

"We were wearing them down then put ourselves under pressure but I was happy with that second half.

"They were listening for a change and believing in each other and holding that ball in pressure situations rather than try the miracle."

Brandon Law, Luke Waters and Brendan Clayton all scored doubles as Wallaroos ran out 44-12 winners at Eskdale Park, Maryborough.

Wallaroos interchange player Beaudyn McMahon said he knew the difference came when Roos controlled the ball.

"We dropped the ball a few times but as we held onto it we got over the top of them," McMahon said. "It was more the complete sets, when we completed we kept them on the back foot and got them where we needed to."

Fullback Dylan McCrae left the field with an ankle injury in the third minute which forced a restructure, though former fullback Joey Alberts stayed at hooker until he left the field through injury.

Waters praised Hervey Bay, who fought until the siren.

"Hervey Bay, they scored in the last minute, they kept trying for the whole game," he said. "I take my hat off to Steve Dwyer because he was still going at the end as hard as he was at the start. It's hard to keep doing that when you're getting points against you."