No state picks

RUGBY

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

AL­THOUGH there were no state se­lec­tions for our lo­cal lads at the Queens­land Ju­nior Rugby state cham­pi­onships, the ex­pe­ri­ence of com­ing up against the best teams in Queens­land was worth it.

The cham­pi­onships were held last week in Toowoomba and Queens­land Rugby Cairns De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer Mitch Craig said all five boys rep­re­sented the re­gion in good form.

“They all went pretty good, Tommy Allen in Un­der-13s played a lot of min­utes and played against a lot of boys much big­ger than him and he didn’t back down which was un­real,” he said.

“Fraser Cot­ton (Un­der-14s) didn’t get too much time but played re­ally well and is get­ting bet­ter with ev­ery game.

“Ai­den Ch­ester­field in the Un­der-17s did well, he ran the ball quite well which is very promis­ing, Quin­lan Can­non (Un­der-14s) ran well and scored a cou­ple of great tries and Mathew Ch­ester­field in Un­der-13s did well, his tack­ling was su­perb and he’s come a long way.”

There was all- over im­prove­ment in the boys’ games de­spite the Un­der-13s not win­ning a game, the Un­der-14s came fifth over­all out of nine teams, the Un­der-15s came equal third, the 16s and un­der-17s both came fifth.

“It’s a great path­way for them es­pe­cially to have to go up against a Bris­bane team who play very good rugby week in and week out and it’s a good way to test them­selves,” Craig said.

“Just play­ing against those guys does en­hance skills and puts them un­der pres­sure, which is good.”

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