NSW U19s v QLD U19s: Standout Performers
NSW U19s continued their dominance of the National Championships with an impressive come from behind victory against Queensland on Sunday.
Despite playing with just 13 men for close to 10 minutes in the first half, the NSW side were too good in the 44-31 victory and capped an undefeated tournament in style.
Jack Bowen – NSW No.10
Bowen was rightfully awarded the player of the match after leading NSW to an impressive victory. The Eastern Suburbs flyhalf looked a class above after spending the season playing Shute Shield first grade.
While Bowen got the chocolates on this occasion, QLD No.10 Harry Mclaughlin-Phillips, a year younger than Bowen, also looks to have a bright future.
Jayden Moujalli – NSW No.3
The NSW prop the best of his opponent at scrumtime and earned a pilfer that led to a try at a crucial stage of the first half while NSW had two players in the sin bin.
Matt Brice – QLD No.15
Tall lanky fullback that looked dangerous every time he touched the ball. Brice has book pace and will be an exciting prospect as he continues to grow into his body.
Tom Goddard – NSW No.9
The NSW No.9 showed his class to control the match in the first half, while his side played with just 13 men. Goddard has a great box kick and a clean pass. His teammate Teddy Wilson plays a different style but was equally impressive.
Taj Annan – QLD No.12
A big bodied No.12 with a huge and accurate boot, Annan is a classy playmaker and threw a lovely cut out pass to set up a QLD try midway through the second half.
Hayden Maher – NSW No.7
The NSW flanker hits like a truck in defence and has a big massive engine. He finished off a try late in the match to cap an impressive performance.
Jackson Ropata – NSW No.13
The find of the 2022 representative season, Ropata has come from no where to be a strong chance of starting in the Australian U20s No.13 jersey next year. On top of his carries, Ropata showed good rugby IQ and seems to make the right decisions around the park more often than not.