Walcha gets a Steeley reception at Dungowan

JOSH Steele welcomed his former teammates to a miserable Dungowan Showground on Saturday with a try in each half as the Cowboys strung together five straight wins.

Walcha fullback Dean Kelly is held up over the line by Dungowan’s  Damien Pittman on Saturday.  Photo: Geoff O'Neill 280614GOG04

Walcha fullback Dean Kelly is held up over the line by Dungowan’s Damien Pittman on Saturday. Photo: Geoff O'Neill 280614GOG04

Steele limped off the field after a tough game in very heavy conditions with a smile on his face as he greeted his mates in the Walcha crowd.

Steele was a rugby and cricket player then but so were most of the Roos after the league side folded for a few years.

“I found a bit of space and put a couple of tries on the boys,” Steele said.

“It was good to put two on against them and get the win.”

The centre prefers rugby league because of the amount of space for ball running.

“It is a bit better to run the ball in league.

“And I seem to get a bit more of it.”

He certainly got plenty of it on Saturday as he pressured the Walcha  defence out wide all day.

Steele said having second rower Mitch Brown next to him gives him a hand on that front.

“Browny always makes the other second-rower and centre drift in a bit,” Steele said.

“It has been working really well all year.”

The Roos found him on the receiving end of a fair amount of the kicks, with Steele churning some good metres out in return as well.

“It was a bit hard to get traction out there in the wet,” Steele said.

“We were still getting up off the line quickly in defence though.”

The centre is enjoying the extra room he has been getting in games this season.

The centre said  there was a bit of turmoil in the side following the Werris Creek game, which the Cowboys won 22-14.

“There was a bit of a blow-up – it wasn’t much,” Steele said.

“We all decided that we had a good chance of getting in there this season.”

“We will do whatever it takes to win a game.”

It certainly has been working so far, with the Cowboys in the middle of a great mid-season run.

Wins over Barraba and Walcha have taken second spot as their own with a home semi up for grabs.

Following the game, the sides’ jerseys were auctioned off for Tamworth High student Joshua McCulloch (not McKillrick as published in yesterday’s Leader).

Steele’s jersey fetched a below average $110 despite the brace of tries, with all jerseys going for almost $1800 all up.

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