Looks like Sawtell is playing 2 in Reserves.I am told Souths have a policy that if you are Colts eligible and you are not selected as a Prems starter you will be expected to play Colts Rugby.
I am also told the Colts 1 pack will be a predominate 20 year old pack led by Saipele and Sawtell at 1 and 2 with a couple of 19 year olds in Leslie (Lock ) and Bryant ( 6 ) and a 18 year old 7 who has admirers - Downland's Pienaar. The big (unresolved) question is whether Sam Mataafa can toss one of Sean and Jack Farrell or Cullen Ngamanu , and possibly others who will be competing for a back row spot in Prems. Then there is also the question whether Jack Farrell is playing this year which is not 100% known at the moment. Anyway there is talent in the core of that forward pack if they are all available to play Colts.
I am told it is a pretty young backline ...predominantly 18 and 19 year olds
It seems as though it might be the same story at Jeeps ( in terms of the policy of playing Colts if you are 20 or under and can't nail down a starting Prems spot
Look out for a 15 at Norths by the name of Hamish Muir. Could surprise people this year. In that same mould as a Floyd Aubrey - Mac Grealy combo. Not saying he is as good but he looked pretty good coming out of Villa a couple of years ago. Not sure where he’s been ? Injured or League perhaps ? Anyway might be worth
Got a meat pie and norths up over the highly rated south’sLook out for a 15 at Norths by the name of Hamish Muir. Could surprise people this year. In that same mould as a Floyd Aubrey - Mac Grealy combo. Not saying he is as good but he looked pretty good coming out of Villa a couple of years ago. Not sure where he’s been ? Injured or League perhaps ? Anyway might be worth keeping an eye on.
Agreed and here’s hoping to a better balanced comp wouldn’t it be great to see some of these lower ranked clubs go well and help with their ongoing recruiting leading to better open age performance.Outside of the surprise in closeness of Wests v UQ result ( 2 x rolling Maul tries- Penalty tries and not much else ) the bigger surprise was the Easts v Sunnybank low score result.
UQ forwards were all over wests. The UQ backline needs to sharpen up. Think there was some cattle missing.confucius say...you can do my footy tipping for the remainder of the year in all codes based on your colts picks.
Well done to brothers on winning, the loss of our 2 returning centres hurt us, it was a physical game for the most part, I thought our young troops aimed up well, I don't think Brothers are the team they have been previously, their 13 looks a good find though.
Interested in the UQ v Wests game, looked close and early reports suggest Wests haven't been great in trials. Were they better or were UQ coasting?
My souths man confirmed John Bryant came on as a fresh reserve in Premier Grade, Sawtell played reserve grade, Willem Johnstone fresh reserve for colts 1 and they made an ex norths player their captain as a token gesture and then dragged him at halftime, sounds like they underestimated Norths big time and paid the price. After reading GO's preview, I find this quite funny to be honest.