Wattles reserve-grade player Luke Whitton and A-grade coach Cameron Hamblin look forward to the games against Warwick today.
Wattles reserve-grade player Luke Whitton and A-grade coach Cameron Hamblin look forward to the games against Warwick today. GLYN REES

Speedy solution for Cowboys

FORMER Ipswich Jets squad member Zac Pauli will be trialled at five-eighth as the Warwick Cowboys play Wattles in A-grade rugby league at Platz Oval, Clifton, tonight.

Pauli played centre, wing and fullback in colts at Ipswich where he was timed as the fastest player at the Jets last season.

Cowboys coach Gary Lawrence said Pauli impressed him in the win against Pittsworth two weeks ago.

“He played centre against Pittsworth but his footwork and speed will be valuable at five-eighth,” Lawrence said.

“We are still trialling players, no position has been finalised for the fixture season.”

Pauli will be marked by Wattles player Tim Hentschel, who is back after an early season injury.

Hentschel has been one of the best for Wattles in recent seasons and often plays on the wing so has the speed to match up against Pauli.

Lawrence is high in praise of staff at the Warwick Indoor Recreation and Aquatic Centre who assisted theCowboys A-grade squad during Tuesday night training at the complex.

“It is something different, training on a Tuesday at WIRAC,” Lawrence said.

During the trials, Lawrence has used different players in leadership roles and today he will give the captaincy to lock Luke Brosnan and the vice captaincy to halfback Trent Achilles.

“Trent is getting better each week and is combining well with Luke,” Lawrence said.

While the Barrett Shield will be presented to the winning A-grade side, games will be played in three grades with A grade at 7pm.

The under-18 game between Warwick and Wattles will be preceded by a C-grade game between Warwick and Valleys from 3pm. Toowoomba Rugby League fixtures start in a fortnight.



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