HOT POTATOE: Matthew Pearce gets the ball away for Brothers in loss to Dawson Valley Drovers at Rugby Park on Saturday.
HOT POTATOE: Matthew Pearce gets the ball away for Brothers in loss to Dawson Valley Drovers at Rugby Park on Saturday. Chris Ison Rokcrugby

Four try feast for Frenchville first-timer, whiz-kid Alchin

HE'S only 17, but what freshly recruited Frenchville winger/centre, Harisyn Alchin lacks in Thrifty Cup rugby union experience, he more than makes up for with speed, skill and the ability to find, and cross, the try line.

The 17 year-old flyer was on the fast-track to a hat trick of tries in Frenchville's thumping of Uni at Rugby Park, 58-3 on Saturday, but went one better, dotting down twice in the first half and then twice again in the second.

What made the effort more remarkable is Alchin did so playing two different positions.

"I played wing in the first half and then outside centre in the second," Alchin explained.

"I usually play inside or outside centre, so to get a run on the wing was a good experience."

Experience is something Alchin is keen to accumulate, as this is only his second season playing union.

With a background in league, Alchin came to rugby in Rockhampton via his first season with the Blackwater Basilisks in 2014. Obviously, it was an impressive debut as the young centre was selected in the 2015 Central Queensland Brahmans under 19s.

The representative side weren't in action this weekend, so it became a game of firsts for Frenchville.

"It was my first game for Frenchville, my first time on the wing and it was the first time I have scored four times in a match, so yeah, it was good," Alchin told the Morning Bulletin.

But is he here to stay?

"Definitely," Alchin said.

"I was bought up playing league, but I now love playing rugby union so I'm going to stick with union for sure. Hopefully, I can make something of it. I would love to make further rugby rep teams in the future."

In his final year at Blackwater High, Alchin hopes to undertake an apprenticeship in construction. Until then, he is rapidly constructing a very promising career in rugby union.

 In the other two Thrifty Cup clashes, Dawson Valley Drovers defeated Brothers 23-18 and Colts downed Cap Coast 21-7.



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