Super U20s Preview: Can NSW Gen Blue stop QLD?

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

Queensland U20s will shoot for their second straight Super U20s title when they host NSW Gen Blue at Ballymore on Sunday.

After going through the inaugural 2016 season undefeated, Brad Thorn and Paul Carozza's team have been head and shoulders above the rest again in 2017.

If they are to claim their second straight title, they may have to do it without their chief playmaker, though, as Hamish Stewart has been called into the Reds squad for their clash with the Hurricanes tomorrow night.

Isaac Lucas is a more than capable replacement at flyhalf but Stewart has arguably been the competition's best player and Queensland will miss his organisational skills as much as they will his booming right boot.

It's understood Stewart will play on Sunday unless Reds flyhalf Jake McIntyre goes down early in the Canes game but he has been left out of the squad as a precaution.Queensland could be without Hamish Stewart for the Super U20s final. Photo: QRU MediaJames Gall also earns his first start of 2017, with usual tighthead prop Gavin Luka ruled out with injury.

Sam Edwards is back on the wing and is joined by Jayden Ngamanu at fullback, the pair both missing the trip to Canberra last week.

Gen Blue have made one change to the team that beat the Melbourne U20s en route to a berth in Sunday's final.

It is a near identical starting XV to the one that fell 36-10 the last time these two teams met, at Wests in Brisbane a fortnight ago.

Queensland U20s host NSW Gen Blue in the Super U20s final at Ballymore on Sunday, kicking off at 3pm AEDT, broadcast LIVE on


Queensland U20s team to take on NSW Gen Blue

1. Harry Hoopert

2. Effie Ma’afu

3. James Gall

4. Angus Blyth

5. Harry Hockings

6. Angus Scott-Young

7. Liam Wright (C)

8. Reece Hewat

9. Harry Nucifora

10. Isaac Lucas

11. Sam Edwards

12. Tony Hunt

13. Dylan Riley

14. Will Eadie

15. Jayden Ngamanu

Reserves (one to be omitted)

16. Matt Faessler

17. Lloyd Gorman

18. Laurence Tominiko

19. Seru Masirewa Ganita

20. Patrick Tafa

21. Eli Pilz

22. Alex Horan

23. Lorenzo Skelton

24. Ratu Poasa Niumataiwalu

NSW Gen Blue team to take on Queensland U20s

1. Harry Johnson-Holmes

2. Jack Nettleton

3. Harrison Chapman

4. Ryan McCauley

5. Tom Piroddi

6. Lachlan Swinton

7. Lachlan Simpson

8. Max Girdler

9. Theo Strang

10. Bayley Kuenzle

11. James Ramm

12. Kepu Lokotui

13. Esera Chee Kam

14. Edward King

15. Tim Clements


16. Max Stewart

17. Phillip Bradford

18. Dan Matthews

19. Harry McLennan

20. Dom McGrath

21. Banjo Travers

22. Daniel Boardman

23. Jackson Mohi