Gladstone U20's Declan Connors faced strong Queensland Outback defence on Sunday morning.
Gladstone U20's Declan Connors faced strong Queensland Outback defence on Sunday morning. Matt Taylor GLA010718LEAG

Rocky Rustlers take trophy over South Burnett Eagles

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Rockhampton Rustlers hustled its way to a tight 12-10 win over South Burnett Eagles to take home the under 20s 47th Battalion Trophy.

Rockhampton Rustlers struck first with Nyulang Johnson scoring in the opening minutes and Cameron Oakley converting the try.

South Burnett Eagles' Elwyn Fewquandie scored for the team but Ralph Gyemore narrowly missed the conversion, which proved a costly mistake.

Five minutes to go in the first half, Rockhampton Rustlers' Dylan Chittick scored with Cameron Oakley to convert and give a six-point buffer going into the half-time break.

Both teams came out hard in the second half looking for any weakness in the opposition's defence to exploit it and score vital points but neither side was giving ground.

Rockhampton Rustlers looked like having one hand firmly gripped on taking home the winner's trophy but South Burnett Eagles would not relent and scored with less than five minutes to go in the game.

Gyemore converted the try but it was too little too late, with Rockhampton Rustlers taking the win.

Rockhampton Rustlers coach Bertran Tabuai was impressed with the team's win and the overall standard of play on the weekend.

"It was a great effort, an awesome effort and the character of these young men to play good football over the weekend,” Tabuai said.

"These carnivals give the players an opportunity to enhance their league career and all divisions under 18s and under 20s played some great football.”

Brendan Steele from Gladstone gained under 20s Queensland representative selection.

President of Gladstone Rugby League, Richard Duff, enjoyed the showcase of rugby league talent on offer over the weekend.

"Really good standard of play, there's been no blow-out of scores with them being very close,” he said.

Gladstone under 20s trainer Anthony Claridge said the local players did the best they could during the weekend carnival.

"Today (Sunday) we only had 13 players with no bench (reserves) and the boys still stepped up and had a go,” he said.

"We lost a few due to injuries and the team competed really well and the scorelines were very close.

"The coach (Rod Dahl) was very happy with the effort they put in.”