Queensland Red dominate in Junior Gold Cup victory

by RUGBY.com.au staff

Queensland Red has taken out the 2017 National U15 Junior Gold Cup with an emphatic 69-10 win over the Sydney Rays.

Red scored 11 tries to two against the Rays, who had trouble coping with the defence and hard running of the home team. 

Queensland raced out to a 45-0 lead at halftime with Sam Walker, the son of former Brisbane Broncos star Ben, orchestrating many of his team's positive plays.

Walker, a promising flyhalf, seemed to have the knack of knowing when to kick and when to run as well as being able to draw the defence and pass to his outside men.

The difference between the two sides was quite marked in that first half with the Queenslanders running straight and getting players over the ball at the breakdown far too easily.

The longer the first 30 minutes went the more disconnected the Rays' defensive line became, opening up opportunities for the Queenslanders.

Queensland Red inside centre Christian Krause was another to impress as did scrumhalf Kalani Thomas, who was rewarded with a five-pointer.

There were some glimpses of what the Rays could do in the second half when Tyreece Matangi scored and also when fullback Tyler Afoa made a scything break only to be denied a try on the next play.


Sydney Rays 10

Tries: Matangi, Swann

Queensland Red 69

Tries: Howarth 2, Walker,  Ripley, Taufao, Thomas, Chan-Tung, Holden, Elliott, Fifita,Unknown

Cons: Ripley 7