Teen fullback shines for Uni and leads to important win
BEN Graving may be the new player to keep an eye on in Central Queensland rugby union.
Coming off a disappointing loss against Gladstone last week, University were looking for an edge in their round eight clash with Dawson Valley.
They found that and more in 17-year-old Graving, who debuted at fullback for the University A-grade side.
Taking full advantage of the opportunity, Graving impressed all and helped lead University to an important 26-5 win.
University head coach Lachlan McMurtie was especially pleased with Graving's performance, and recognised him as one of the three best players on the ground for the day.
McMurtie said Graving was a key factor in the team's win and is looking forward to what he can bring for the rest of the year.
"He (Graving) got an opportunity and made the most of it," McMurtie said.
"He was very dangerous in the counter-attack and played very well in his first A-grade game.
"We expect him to continue playing for us as we go forward this season."
Brothers 42 def Capricorn Coast 14 at Rugby Park
Gladstone 46 def Blackwater 5 at Rugby Park
University 26 def Dawson Valley 5 at University
Colts 24 def Frenchville 14 at Ryan Park
In what was described by McMurtie as a scrappy first half, University and Dawson Valley hit the sheds at half-time deadlocked without a score.
University came out strong in the second half with solid play from their forward pack, eventually wearing Dawson Valley down to escape with a victory closer than the final scoreline suggested.
While McMurtie was underwhelmed by his team's first half performance, he took consolation in being able to add a tick to the win column against a formidable squad.
"I was happy that we got back on track after the loss to Gladstone last week," McMurtie said. "We may not have had our best game, but it's always good to get a win against what really is a perennial powerhouse in Dawson Valley."