Bruised but eager

Players await the referee’s decision.
Players await the referee’s decision.

BATTERED, bruised and beaten - the Capricornia under-12 schoolboy rugby union side certainly copped its fair share of punishment at the hands of some top-line Queensland metropolitan teams in Brisbane recently.

But what these kids may have lost on the scoreboard, they made up for by the dozen in representative experience, according to Ben Marshall, the father of Springsure player Max.

"They lost their last game to Sunshine Coast 14-0 but played really competitively," Marshall said.

"Some of these other teams had been training for nine weeks, so I think they did pretty good.

"They were improving each game.

"It's a great learning experience for them."

Central Highlands players dominated the Capricornia line-up, with no less than 15 local juniors chosen in the side.

For many competing at the tournament, it was their first taste of representative rugby facing teams from around Queensland.

"It was pretty much a state carnival but without North Queensland," Marshall said.

Among those competing from the Highlands included Jackson Slack, Jacob Van Zanden, Hendrick Wilapenia, Joe Fabish, Jordan Laffer, James Bridgeman, Tyne Coster, Mitch Holzwart, James Ross - all of Emerald, and Sam Barsby from Comet.

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