Rocky rustles up new leadership

A TRIO of youngsters will lead the Rockhampton Rustlers into battle for the inaugural Wilkinson Rowe Cup tomorrow night.

Without Central United and Rockhampton Brothers stars Gavin Duffy and Tommy Simpson, Rockhampton coach John Jenkins has selected a young side to tackle Gladstone Raiders at Marley Browne Oval

Classy Brothers five-eighth Reece Baker moves to halfback and partners Yeppoon Seagulls gun Jakk Cavanagh, while CQU Norths Chargers hooker Chris Saunders moves into dummy half for the Rustlers.

After a weekend off, Jenkins said the trio was ready to lead Rockhampton in their first match against Gladstone in 2011.

“It'd be nice to have (Duffy and Simpson), but I think they'll go all right steering them around the park with no old heads out there,” he said. “Reece is only still young, but he's been around long enough.”

Having no Challenge Cup this season, Jenkins said he didn't know what was store from Gladstone, but was expecting it to field its typically big forward pack.

The Rockhampton team includes four players with Queensland Cup experience this season.

Rockhampton players will wear black arm-bands to pay their respect to front-rower Liam Anlezark, who was named captain, but withdrew from the team after the death of his nephew, Phoenix, 11.

Kick-off is 7pm.

Rocky team

Travis Marshall, Zac Drochmann, BJ Munns, Clint Rothery, Daniel Pickering, Jakk Cavanagh, Reece Baker, Mitch Ireland, Chris Saunders, Dave McLellan, Sam Pierce, Chris Gesch, Ben Faulkner, Jarrod Hoare, Tyron Kemp, Anthony Toby, (two to be added). Coach: John Jenkins.



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