Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Tough Test for Rising Ipswich Teenagers

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Tough Test for Rising Ipswich Teenagers

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IPSWICH open their Cyril Connell (under-16) and Mal Meninga Cup (under-18) campaigns this weekend at the Sunshine Coast against Northern Pride tomorrow and Mackay Cutters on Sunday.

Although the Ipswich under-16s have won both their trials Co 22-12 over Toowoomba and 36-20 over the Sunshine Coast Co coach Mick Newton has no idea what to expect from the Pride and Cutters.

C[pounds sterling]We've trialled all 25 players and all have had a fair go,C[yen] last year's under-18 assistant coach said.

C[pounds sterling]It's looking good but we've still got a lot of work to do.C[yen]

Newton won't know until this weekend just how much.

C[pounds sterling]We showed some good defence in the trials but spilt a lot of ball,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]You can understand that being trials. We won't really understand what we're up against until Saturday.

C[pounds sterling]None of the boys have played a full game and they've got to play two on the weekend, so they're up against it.C[yen]

As such, the under-16s will go in with a simple game plan Newton does not want to waver from.

C[pounds sterling]We don't want to leave too much behind,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]I'm quite confident with the strategy we've got in place.

C[pounds sterling]We've got a simple game plan we want to execute.

C[pounds sterling]It's about good exits and defending our line well. Then we can show some flair when we get over the attacking line.

C[pounds sterling]If we can defend well, we can compete. …

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