Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

'Showing a Bit of Mongrel' Gives Hope for the Future

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

'Showing a Bit of Mongrel' Gives Hope for the Future

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Byline: Alan Kennedy

RUGBY UNION: More time on the field is something Brahmans front-rower Scott McPherson is aiming for this year.

The burly front-rower may be on the wrong side of 30 but is a part of a winning culture in his club football with Colts and is confident this year's Brahmans will take that into their Queensland Country Championship matches.

He feels the 2010 Brahmans have the personnel in their squad to perform well despite the problems associated with getting the squad together.

"It is difficult with the guys work commitments," he admitted.

Also the Brahmans is a team representative of Central Queensland, not just Rockhampton, and therefore must accommodate players travelling to practice from areas like Blackwater and Gladstone.

Nevertheless McPherson thinks the Brahmans will be strong, although like all front-rowers makes that judgement from the perspective of the tight five.

"We (the pack) had a good run last Tuesday we are coming right and a lot sharper than last year," he said.

At 34-years-old McPherson carries a fair amount of experience into his game and yet it is the attitude of the young players coming through that provides him with optimism for the future.

"There are some good young footballers coming through," he said.

"What I like is that they are showing that bit of mongrel.

"You have got to have that killer attitude."

McPherson is not advocating playing outside the rules of the game, far from it. What he talks about is going hard for the football so opponents are aware that the Brahmans are not about to take a backward step.

The front-rower credits his club coach Frank Busby, who is assistant to Jack Lloyd junior, for bringing this attitude to the team and promises the Brahmans will be very competitive, especially at the breakdown. …

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