HIGHFIELDS' coach Cameron Donaldson was left in awe of the power of Goondiwindi after the Emus continued their undefeated 2018 Wagners Risdon Cup march at Highfields Sport and Recreation Park today.
Donaldson was speaking after watching the warm premiership favourites run in 14 tries against his fledging line-up on their way to an 88-7 round-15 victory
"They are the quickest team we have faced - they are like a juggernaut,” Donaldson said.
"Their ball movement from one side of the field to other is so impressive - great teamwork.
"All we could do is just try and hang in there.
"But they have so many options they were just too hot for us to handle.”
Sam Jobling led the Emus' try feast with three five-pointers while his block-busting centre partner Harry Hawker helped himself to a double along with wingers Tom Jobling and Sean Cairns.
Forwards Sam Tweedy and Jay Schulte helped round out the try-scoring list with five-eighth Michael Jamieson.
Winger Mac Murphy crossed late for Highfields after pouncing on a loose ball and sprinting 60 metres to score.
Goondiwindi led 31-0 at the break before pleasing coach Luke Fritz with a more polished second-half effort.
"To be honest, the first half we weren't overly impressed with,” Fritz said.
"It is hard when you play these lesser teams to stick to your structures.
"We were just a bit excited and tried to score every time we got the ball.
"But we had a good yarn at half-time and the second half was all about holding onto the ball and opportunities will come off that and that's just what happened.
"That's what we sort of say every game as well.”
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Josh Sayeg of Highfields is left helpless as he watches Sean Cairns cross for a Goondiwindi try in today's round-15 Risdon Cup match at Highfields Sport and Recreation Park. Pic: Nev Madsen