CUP WINNERS: Easts winning Captain Will Zahn with event organiser Maynard Heap and Cyrus Nutt. Photo Contributed
CUP WINNERS: Easts winning Captain Will Zahn with event organiser Maynard Heap and Cyrus Nutt. Photo Contributed Contributed

Future Wallabies on show at School Cup

IF THE level of skill shown at the Primary School Rugby Union Competition is anything to go by there could be a player from Bundaberg wearing the green and gold of Australia at the 2023 World Cup.

At the end of the third season of the competition, Easts defeated Childers in the final game 17-0, taking out the Bundaberg and District Primary Schools Rugby Cup.

The cup has now been won by three different schools in the past three years: Wests (2013), St Luke's (2014) and now Easts.

Easts clinched the title in a thrilling game - it was end to end rugby, showcasing weeks of preparation and training from each team.

Childers, who finished with the wooden spoon last year, started off slow but made it to the final and looked to cause an upset on the day. But Easts, who was strong all season and only lost one game, was too strong for Childers.

Easts' ability in clearing out at the ruck secured it plenty of ball and the team was able to turn that possession into points each time they were in the Childers 22.

Easts coach Michael Brennan said his players had fun trying union for the first time.

"It was a fantastic competition that exposed the boys and girls to a great game," Brennan said.

"Many of the players had not played the game before and really enjoyed the contact and competition.

"The competition was really well run and a credit to the Bundaberg and District Junior Rugby Union; I hoped a number of them would go on next year to play rugby."

If any junior player is interested to try rugby contact Bundaberg District Junior Rugby Union (BDJRU) president Jeff Messitt on 0459 203 596 or visit the BDJRU Facebook page.

There is also a Rookies to Reds Rugby Clinic for Under-5 to U12 players on September 28 at the Waves from 9am-1pm, bookings are required.



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