Bradbury stoked at Country success

THE main reason for pushing for a place in the Thrifty Brahmans is to come under the scrutiny of state selectors and win a position in the Queensland Country side, like Jono Bradbury.

At the weekend Bradbury was in Brisbane for the annual clash against the old enemy – New South Wales Country.

The match was played as a curtain-raiser to the Super 15 battle between the Queensland Reds and the Waratahs.

Fittingly, both the senior Queensland team and the Queensland Country side were trying to turn around a poor run of form against New South Wales and on the day both gained similar results.

Queensland Country beat their bitter rival 20-15.

“It is the first time we have beaten them in seven years,” a delighted Bradbury reported. “We kept them tryless.”

Bradbury has been with the Queensland Country squad for a couple of seasons and could not hide his delight at getting a winning result from the contest.

The match was played at Suncorp Stadium and Bradbury was happy to hear spectators get behind the Queensland players.

“We had a pretty good crowd by the end of the game,” he said. “They were giving us plenty of support.”

While thrilled by the team performance, Bradbury was also satisfied with his own contribution.

“I was happy with my game, I played for 75 minutes,” Bradbury said.

The University player said he was selected for the starting XV in the second row.

While all the New South Wales points came from the boot, Bradbury said the edge for Queensland came with both centres scoring tries.

Coaching the Queensland team is Tom Rosewarne and Bradbury believes he is getting a good response from his players.

“It is probably the best team environment I’ve played in,” he said.

“There was a lot of parochial pride.”

Bradbury said many of the players in the squad are well-known to him from previous campaigns and he now looks forward to the rest of the program.

During the season the team faces Brisbane Suburbs and also the annual Queensland Country against City clash.

Ironically Bradbury’s success comes in a year when he has been unable to turn out for the Brahmans due to working at the mines.

“I can’t commit fully to their program,” he said.



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