Mur'bah Mustangs take home win
BARNSTORMING performances from Damien Quinn, Tim James and young guns Brendan Stewart and Caleb Howell, helped Murwillumbah Mustangs round-up a 32-20 win over powerful Toowoomba outfit Brothers in a rugby league trial game up on the ranges last Saturday night.
The Mustangs' renowned defence and enthusiasm was missing in the opening 20-minute quarter against Brothers when they went into the first huddle trailing 20-0, but after an "enthusiastic chat" from coach Troy McLean, the Mustangs ran roughshod over their rivals in the other three quarters of the match.
Quinn who played five-eighth and centre had a blinder - his neat step, reading of play and solid defence ensured he didn't have to put his hand in his kick at the post-match celebrations.
Big Tim James, quickly running into match fitness on the back of the trials, showed he would be a tremendous asset for the Mustangs with a powerful display with and without the ball.
Even more pleasing for McLean were the performances handed in by 18-year-old pair Stewart and Howell, who both showed they have what it takes to mix it with the senior players this season.
Back rower Stewart was busy, while the rangy and quick Howell caused all sorts of bother to his opposite centres with his speed and evasiveness.
McLean took a 21-man senior squad to Toowoomba and elected to leave a handful of key players back home so he could give a few of the less experienced players a run at senior level.
The Mustangs are in action again this Saturday evening, hosting Pittsworth at Murwillumbah Brothers Leagues Club.
The coach said he would "more than likely" field a full strength side as this was likely to be the club's final hit-out before the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition commences on April 14.