THERE may be a long, hard season still ahead, but after just one game, there are brave words being said that Peak Downs Pirates are the team to beat in this year’s Central Highlands Rugby League competition.
The New Year heavyweights took down Springsure Mountain Men 54-8 during round one in Emerald at the weekend.
Loaded with a host of Central Highlands representative players who usurped Central West in Tieri in February, the Pirates ran rampant over the Mountain Men on the scoreboard.
Mitch Wyatte bagged three tries for the night, while former Brisbane hooker Barry Berrigan took two and Mark Fickling and Kurt Sullivan one each.
Springsure captain Ben Sullivan said there were nerves from expectation from the outset.
“We knew Tieri (Pirates) were going to be fairly tough to beat,” he said. “The halves carved us up and were basically just too good on the night.
“It was a poor performance but we know where we went wrong and we will have to work on it for next week.”
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