Comets Player, BJ Munns.
Comets Player, BJ Munns. Allan Reinikka

Rustling up redemption

BJ MUNNS wouldn’t look out of place in the black and gold jersey of his new home town.

Munns is one of a number of local rugby league stars pushing their claims this weekend for a spot in the 2011 Rockhampton A grade rugby league side and Brothers coach Scott Bodley believes his side’s newest recruit has got what it takes to earn selection in the Rockhampton Rustlers side this season.

Munns hails from Townsville in North Queensland and has been a revelation in his first two games in the Rockhampton Senior Rugby League for Brothers so far this season.

The 19-year-old made the move south to further his rugby league career.

“I wasn’t going anywhere with my footy in Townsville competition so I thought I’d move to have a crack somewhere else,” he said.

The 192cm centre has scored three tries in the club’s opening two matches, and has certainly got the genuine attacking ability that would suit the Rustlers perfectly at the upcoming 47th Battalion Central United carnival in Bundaberg beginning April 30.

However, it’s his confidence and ability in defence that has impressed Bodley so far this season.

“He’s only played two games, but in the second half last weekend he really stood up,” Bodley said.

“He can put a nice shot on – he’s got some really good timing in defence.”

Rustlers coach John Jenkins said he had been impressed with Munns and a number of other players on display during the competition’s first Super Saturday fixture on the weekend, but said he would leave his final decision on the side’s make-up until after this weekend’s fixtures, giving players one last chance.

Jenkins, a RSRL A grade premiership and Challenge Cup winner in 2010 with Brothers, takes the reigns of the Rockhampton side for the first time, and is planning to make amends for a disappointing campaign in 2010.

Featuring a star-studded line-up at last year’s carnival, Rockhampton failed to qualify for the finals after losing two of their three matches and only one player, current Central Comets winger Clint Rothery, was selected in the Central United representative side.

In 2011 Jenkins plans to etch Rockhampton’s name on the title by urging those standout players in the local competition to test themselves at a higher level.

“If I get the right side down there, my word we can win it,” he said. “To me, if I was a player I’d like to see where I’m at rather than just running around in the local competition, but that’s just my way of thinking.”

While a full round of competition has completed, last year’s grand finalists in both competitions – Yeppoon and Brothers – are yet to face each other after their fixture a fortnight ago was cancelled.

The two sides currently sit on top of the ladder with two wins apiece, while Fitzroy Gracemere notched up its first win of the season against the Chargers a fortnight ago to take third place, with the Chargers, who have looked promising, the only side yet to register a win this season.

Round 4 League

Fitzroys Gracemere v Brothers at Saleyards Park Sunday, 12noon/1.30pm/3pm (A grade)

Yeppoon Seagulls v CQU Norths at Webb Park Saturday, 4pm/5.30pm/7pm (A grade)

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