17-year-old Fourie stars for Brahmans side on weekend
BRANDON Fourie's hard work and determination has paid off.
The Rockhampton Brothers rugby union player made his debut for the Central Queensland Thrifty Brahmans against Central West last weekend before playing a key role in the Brahmans' 28-15 win against Central Highlands on Saturday night.
At just 17, Fourie didn't expect to be playing with the local top guns but said he grasped the opportunity to make an early debut with both hands.
"At 17 I am the youngest player in the team, the next oldest after me is 19 so I have a few years on them," Fourie said.
"I've been working towards it for a while now but it still came as a surprise when Hap (coach Dave Holzl) called me and asked me to play.
"I wasn't letting the opportunity get away."
After playing A-grade last season, Fourie said he easily slotted into the Brahmans backline with Brothers teammate Lee Anderson.
"Lee and I play together for Brothers so we worked well and had some good combinations," he said.
"I had one allowed try and then another one which was pulled back because of a forward pass."
With the Brahmans season done and dusted, Fourie is setting his sights on CQ and Queensland representation.
QLD COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
CQ Brahmans 28 def Central Highlands 15 at Rugby Park on Saturday night.
"I'm in the Central Queensland under-19 team and we have a training camp in three weeks time before playing on the Queen's Birthday weekend," he said.
"A Queensland Country team is picked from that; I played for the under-19 Queensland Country team last year so I'm hoping to make it again."
Brahmans coach Dave Holzl said Fourie showed his worth in the backline against Central Highlands.
"Brandon Fourie was outstanding; his combinations with Lee Anderson were great," Holzl said.
"Central Highlands really matches us in the forward line so it was good to see our backs take the lead for the first time this season."
With two wins in the bag, Holzl said the Brahmans were now playing the waiting game to find out if their Queensland Country Championships campaign is a success.
"We have to wait and see whether Central Highlands beat Western Queensland but we have two bonus point wins which should see us win the competition otherwise," he said.
"The boys go on for Queensland Country team selection now and I have 16 in the training squad already so it's been a pretty successful season from that perspective."