Derek Short and Jay Lasscock face up to Matt Templeman and Paul Stanley.
Derek Short and Jay Lasscock face up to Matt Templeman and Paul Stanley. Mike Knott

NSW aims for clean sweep

THE hopes of a Queensland Rangers victory against NSW Country rest with hometown lads Matt Templeman and Paul Stanley in today’s blockbuster clash.

Templeman, a marquee Brothers’ player and former Q Cup representative, and Stanley, a current Q Cup campaigner, have been named as crucial in the grand plan of Rangers coach Paul Lowe.

“They’ve both had Q Cup experience and they’ve both represented country Queensland before so they’ve boosted the side with experience and a considerable amount of skill,” he said.

Templeman is expected to spread his wings in the centres after a sensational effort representing Central United in the Queensland Championships.

Stanley, a seasoned Souths-Logan campaigner, learned his trade with Across The Waves and will be keen to give Bundaberg league fans an update on his career progression.

Templeman said the pair was looking to fly the Bundaberg Rugby League flag high and give local football fans reason to cheer.

“To represent our state in our home town is a bit of a dream come true for us,” he said.

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and we’ll be doing whatever we can to ensure we come away with the win.”

NSW has clinched victory in the past two country encounters and will be playing for a three-year clean sweep of the competition.

The team will be bolstered by the likes of former Manly Sea Eagle Grant “Squash” Wooden in the front row, and former Parramatta Eels star Dennis Moran in halfback.

“It’s not going to be an easy game for us, but the guys have a strong resolve to win,” Templeman said.

“We’re hoping for Salter Oval to be packed out with Queensland supporters to give us some support.”

Queensland Rangers will play NSW Country at Salter Oval at 5.30pm today.



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