Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Diggers Squad Up to Big Task

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Diggers Squad Up to Big Task

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Byline: Jay Buchan jaybuchan@qt.com.au

HAVING come close in the past two seasons, Ipswich Diggers coach Paul Lowe believes he has the squad this year to take out the South East Queensland ChairmanCOs Challenge.

The Diggers will play Brisbane Second Division on Saturday, May 11, and the Gold Coast Vikings the following day at the Gold Coast.

Ipswich selectors have chosen a squad rich in experience, pace, size and mobility to cater to any type of game.

There is also a sprinkling of new faces with props Anthony Kerwin (Fassifern) and Josh Afoa (Brothers), lock Ben Malley (Swifts), winger Eden Smith and halfback Willie Oloitoa (Goodna) in the 25 man squad.

Kerwin and Afoa have impressed with their work rate and attitude in the middle of the ruck while Smith has proved a finisher of the highest calibre so far this season.

C[pounds sterling]WeCOve got a lot of strength in the halves and out wide,C[yen] Lowe said. C[pounds sterling]And good hole runners in the forwards.

C[pounds sterling]But a big part of our preparation will be focussing on a good defensive effort.C[yen]

If he gets that Lowe is confident the team has the strike power to take care of itself.

C[pounds sterling]I know if we put it together defensively we will find some points,COCO he said.

C[pounds sterling]Gold Coast like to throw the ball around and Brisbane like to come through the middle.C[yen]

Lowe is confident Ipswich has the squad to play and counter either way.

C[pounds sterling]Right across the park there are two different directions we can go,C[yen] he said.

Lowe can call on a game breaker like Shane Williams at lock, opt for a trio of workhorses or aim for high impact by including someone like Sione Piutau as a second rower rather than prop.

The squad is captained by former Australian representative Andrew Walker at five-eighth. …

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