Scott a great leader
By STEVE SPINKS
THERE'S something about Luke Scott's attitude on the rugby league field that garners instant respect.
It could be his no-nonsense ball running.
It could be his no-nonsense defence.
But perhaps it's the way he leads his team from the front.
He doesn't ask his team-mates to do anything he wouldn't do himself.
That was evident at Crozier Field in Lismore yesterday as Marist Brothers thrashed South Grafton 68-12 in Round 19 of the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League.
Scott scored two tries and made plenty of metres up the middle of the ruck against a disinterested and disappointing Rebels outfit.
"He got the players' player and the best and fairest," Brothers coach Craig Hodges said.
"He's one of those fellas who knows how to play in the big matches.
"He sets a high standard for himself and I've been over the moon with him all year.
"He's as natural a leader as I've ever seen and he speaks well to the young fellas and encourages them when they need it, and he gives them a good kick up the backside when they need it as well.
"Everyone in the team just listens to him and responds."
Scott's ability around the area is well known.
A former Brothers junior, Scott made his first-grade debut with Lismore Workers before ending up playing more than 30 first-grade games with the North Queensland Cowboys in the National Rugby League.
He then spent five seasons with the Redcliffe Dolphins in the Queensland Cup.
Scott led the way yesterday and his young forwards followed.
Lock Al Campbell, props Chris Farrell, Simon Andrews and Tim Tredigo and second-rower Kevin Walker were all outstanding as they pummelled the Rebels up the middle.
The game was all but over at half-time with the Brethren leading 22-6.
An avalanche of points in the final 30 minutes blew out the scoreline.
"Fitness played a big part today, but they were a totally different side from the one that beat us earlier in the year," Hodges said.
"For a lot of their guys it was their last game and they weren't totally committed."
Along with the Rams' forwards, fullback Nathan Tolley and centre Graham Smallwood were also strong.
For the Rebels, five-eighth Ray Mercy was outstanding, but he lacked any real support.
Second-rower Colby Schrader and fullback Walter Donnelly tried hard.
MARIST BROTHERS 68 (Luke Scott 2, Graham Smallwood, Brent Peterson 2, Kevin Walker 2, Nathan Tolley, Niko Vakararawa, Al Campbell, Harry Witt, Luke Campbell tries; Adrian Gooley 10) d SOUTH GRAFTON 12 (Ray Mercy 2 tries; Walter Donnelly 2 goals).
Reserve grade: MARIST BROTHERS 44 (Scott Laffey 2, Gary Williams, Colin Keane, Brendan Randall, Rhys Appo 2, Darryl Butcher tries; Jason King 6 goals) d SOUTH GRAFTON 18 (Alf Preistly, James King, Joe Gordon, Dale Edwards tries; Joe Gordon goal).
Under-18s: MARIST BROTHERS 70 (Aaron Lavianaz, James Roberts, Jesse Gill, Tom Campbell, Steve Roberts, Dan Anderson 2, Trent Clark 2, Harry Witt 2, Barry Smith, Richard Foster tries; Trent Clark 7 goals, James Roberts 2 goals) d SOUTH GRAFTON 10 (Kyle Armstrong, Michael Randall tries; Dwayne Randall goal).