Thomas Duggan, Will Dearden, Ben Bland, Lachlan Hendry and Kai Etherington from the Southern Downs played U16s.
Thomas Duggan, Will Dearden, Ben Bland, Lachlan Hendry and Kai Etherington from the Southern Downs played U16s. Paul Duggan

Toowoomba Clydesdales five star in win at the stadium

THERE is nothing like an NRL game to bring out the fans and to give the next lot of stars the thrill of a lifetime.

That thrill was for five players from the Warwick and District Junior Rugby League area who lined up in a 26-14 victory against the Central United Crows in an under-16 game at Clive Berghofer Stadium on Saturday.

The Clydesdales squad of 28 was split into two groups for the trial.

Will Dearden (Collegians) and winger Kai Etherington (Eastern Suburbs) were on first and then Wattles back rower Thomas Duggan, Stanthorpe-based forward Lachlan Hendry and Ben Bland (Goondiwindi) played in the second group.

All five train each week with the Toowoomba Clydesdales team which has a trial in Brisbane on Saturday and then its first Cyril Connell Cup game at Gold Park in Toowoomba on February 28.

Coach Derek Brady said prop Will Dearden stood out.

"Kai Etherington held his own on the wing, Thomas Duggan was a solid defender and Lachlan Hendry came back well from a back injury," he said.

"Ben Bland is the fittest in the squad by far."

Warwick Cowboys pair Jazz Namana and Brook Croft were in the Clydesdales U20 team which lost 58-16.

Wattles trio Jamie Dodt, Matt and Ryan Duggan, former Warwick captain-coach Jason Bradfield and Stanthorpe-based prop Dale Perkins were in the Clydesdales open side which lost 44-18 to the Titans U20s.

Bradfield and Dodt, who scored two tries, played together in the centres.

"Jamie played well, I really enjoyed the game against the Titans U20s," Bradfield said. Usually a back rower, Bradfield said it took a while to get accustomed to centre.



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