REDS PLAYER IN­SPIRES FAITH IN RUGBY UNION

Sorovi vis­its Faith stu­dents

Gatton Star - - FRONT PAGE - Lach­lan Mcivor lach­lan.mcivor@gat­ton­star.com.au

RUGBY UNION: A special visit from ris­ing Queens­land Reds star Moses Sorovi pro­vided in­spi­ra­tion for two of Faith Lutheran Col­lege’s rugby union sides on their way to pre­mier­ship tri­umphs on the week­end.

The school’s rugby union pro­gram is still in its in­fancy hav­ing been es­tab­lished five years ago but the col­lege is al­ready a dom­i­nant force in the Greater Bris­bane Con­fer­ence com­pe­ti­tion.

They have only tasted more suc­cess in 2018.

Faith’s rapid rise in the game is mir­rored by Sorovi’s own ca­reer.

The 22-year-old half­back was on hand on Satur­day to watch the First XV and Un­der 15 sides play out their de­ciders, as well as tell the stu­dents his story.

In 2009, he ar­rived at board­ing school at St Peters Lutheran Col­lege in Bris­bane from the tiny Yam Is­land in the Tor­res Strait with his heart set on play­ing rugby league.

But with­out a league pro­gram at the school, he turned his hand to union and ev­ery­thing seemed to click.

Af­ter star­ring for Uni­ver­sity of Queens­land and then Bris­bane City upon fin­ish­ing school, he cracked into the Reds set-up last year and made his first start against bit­ter ri­vals the Waratahs ear­lier this month.

“I just had the nat­u­ral in­stinct with rugby just by play­ing touch and watch­ing rugby league,” Sorovi said.

“Adapt­ing into rugby union was some­thing new to learn which I’m still learn­ing now to­day.”

The code strug­gles in the Lock­yer Val­ley due to league’s stran­gle­hold on the re­gion but Faith is hop­ing to fos­ter a strong union pro­gram at the school.

“Just give rugby union a go, it might change your life it def­i­nitely did change my life,” Sorovi said.

“When I moved down I was al­ways think­ing about play­ing rugby league but since there was no league at St Peters, the door opened with me for rugby union.

“So I just kept stick­ing with rugby union and it just took me to where I am to­day.”

Sorovi is a part of coach Brad Thorn’s ex­cit­ing young core at the Reds but knows more suc­cess will only come from hard work and a rigid re­solve to achieve.

“My goal (this year) was just to make it into the top 23. Even­tu­ally I got to start,” he said.

“My main goal now is to be con­sis­tent and to keep the num­ber nine jersey for as long as I can,” he said.

“There was a lot of hard work I put in in the back­ground just pre­par­ing.”

Faith Un­der 15s coach Thomas Kent said it was a valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence for his play­ers.

“There’s not much rugby (union) out here but it’s good for play­ers to see Mo and lis­ten to his story and com­ing from a non-union back­ground as well, he’s just a re­ally good role model,” Kent said.

“He’s a good role model for the young boys and the more guys we have like him in the game the bet­ter, and the more kids see guys like him in the game the bet­ter rugby is go­ing to be.

“Mo is a great ex­am­ple of hard work and ded­i­ca­tion and what it can do.”

PHOTO: LACH­LAN MCIVOR

IN­SPI­RA­TION: Queens­land Reds player Moses Sorovi presents Faith Lutheran Col­lege’s Un­der 15 rugby union side cap­tain Jer­maine Thom­sen with his jersey on Satur­day.

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