Brothers’ captain Tommy Simpson will be leading the way this weekend for the Rockhampton Rustlers.
Brothers’ captain Tommy Simpson will be leading the way this weekend for the Rockhampton Rustlers. Chris Ison

Old-school approach gets the win

ROCKHAMPTON Rustlers coach John Jenkins’ old-school approach is a recipe for success.

Jenkins coached Rockhampton Brothers to both the Challenge Cup and Rockhampton Senior Rugby League premierships in 2010 with Tommy Simpson and Gavin Duffy running the show.

The trio link up once again this weekend to lead the Rustlers into battle at the 47th Battalion carnival at Salter Oval in Bundaberg starting tomorrow.

A rejuvenated Duffy returns to the representative arena after an extended absence and is keen to step up to the higher level at this weekend’s 47th Battalion Central Division carnival.

“As you get older, you look forward to the challenges I guess,” Duffy said.

“I’m excited, but I’m a bit apprehensive because we haven’t played that much footy this year.”

While he’s looking forward to joining forces with Simpson and attacking weapons Sam Granville and Paul Oram, Duffy said Jenkins’ ability to unite a team and get players to play for him will be beneficial to the side.

“Johnny works on bringing the best out of players,” Duffy said.

“You want to play for him.”

The make-up of the side has changed since its initial selection as a number of players have withdrawn due to various commitments, however Duffy is confident with the likes of Brothers team mates Simpson and Granville, the side has the right ingredients to be successful.

“I’ve had five years playing alongside Tommy and I know every time he goes out there he’s there to put in 100%,” he said.

“The best thing about Tommy is that he’s a competitor.

“With him and Sammy G (Sam Granville) in the side you know that no matter who we’re missing, they’re going to believe that we can win.”

The trio will call upon the winning ways they have experienced in recent years with Brothers under Jenkins to help those around them.

“It’s not so much that we’ve worked together, but probably more that we’ve had a bit of success of late,” Duffy said.

“I know that some of the boys will be thinking we’ll struggle without those blokes in the side, but we’ve got that belief.

“I think that’s what we can bring into the side.”

Jenkins agreed.

“If we can keep those sort of players out there we’ll be a good showing,” he said.

“The young guys will feed off of those blokes. Gavin’s keen, Mitchy Ireland’s keen to go and Tommy and Gavin Hiscox will always give 100%.

“Those young blokes will learn a bit about being competitive.”



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