IF THERE were any NRL scouts watching from the Browne Park stands on Saturday night, one name must now be high on their watch lists.

Hooker Nathan Norford starred as the Queensland Rangers ran out 34-22 winners over NSW Country Bulls, capping off a clean sweep by the Queenslanders.

After the Rockhampton Rustlers under-19 team finished 44-14 winners over Queensland Outback, the Queensland sides showed their class registering three wins over their southern rivals.

The Queensland Maroons under-16 side managed a 22-10 win over NSW Country before the Maroons under-18 team snatched a 28-24 win over NSW Country.

In the evening's main match, Norford opened the Rangers' account when he scored inside the first two minutes after teammate Phil Ramage's kick-off was spilled gifting the Queenslanders good early field position.

Norford capitalised on it by scoring and continued throughout the match to threaten the Bulls defence.

Ramage, who partnered five-eighth Billy Walters in the halves, said Norford was the standout.

"He (Norford) killed it. He scored two tries and he got our Players' Player award," said Ramage, originally from the Gold Coast but now playing his footy at Whitsunday Brahmans.

"He's a real good player. I know he's been involved in the (North Queensland) Cowboys system up there, but he's one player who has the potential to play in the NRL in the future, for sure."

Norford, a former Queensland Schoolboys touch footballer, was named player of the carnival at the recent QRL Division Carnival at the Gold Coast earlier in the year.

He currently plays for Townsville Brothers after spending the 2013 season in the Intrust Super Cup with Wynnum-Manly Seagulls.

It's understood the Central Queensland Capras have expressed interest in signing Norford, a 2011 NYC Holden Cup grand finalist with the Cowboys.

After trailing early, NSW Country hit back to lead 18-16 before extending the margin just before the break thanks to a Todd Johnson try.

The visitors headed into half-time leading 22-16 before the Rangers scored 18 unanswered points in the second half.

Rangers coach Paul Lowe praised his players post-match, and credited their ability to come together as a team as crucial for the win.

"He just said how impressed he was with how we came together as a group," Ramage, 30, said.

"It was great that we gelled together in just a short amount of time. I remember at the start we were all a bit stand-offish but after that first session we were together as a group."

 

QLD RANGERS V NSW COUNTRY

Saturday night at Browne Park, Rockhampton

Queensland Rangers 34 (M Parker-Walshe 2, N Norford 2, B Walters, P Ivan tries; P Ramage 5 goals) def NSW Country Bulls 22 (T Johnson 2, M Lett, C Kohu-Martin tries; B Goodwin 3 goals).

U18 MAROON 28 (S Leach 3, A Henley, J Skelton, J Su'a tries; J Pomare-Anderson 2 goals) def U18 NSW Country 24 (A Keighran, M Doring, R Holman, L Marks tries; A Keighran 4 goals).

U16 MAROON 22 (C Allan, L Pakau, D Dempsey, G Burns tries; J Clifford 3 goals) def U16 NSW Country 10 (J Oliver, M Woolnough tries; E Niszcott goal).

U19 Rockhampton Rustlers 44 (B Brown 3, J Ainsworth 2, M Forrest, T Watson, B Mayne tries; M Forrest 6 goals) def U19 QUEENSLAND OUTBACK 14 (L Doibel, C Ellis, J Eisling tries; C Ellis goal).



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