Young Colts set for finals frenzy

RUGBY UNION: This weekend will be a footy final frenzy with the under-14s and under-16s grand final, and the Colts proving their worth in both finals.

Anthony “Tonga” Mataele has led his Colts under-16 team in some strong victories this year, but this weekend will be the one that counts.

The under-16 grand final will go into action with Colts versus Central Highlands and Colts verses Brothers in the under-14 final, today at Rugby Park.

The under-16 showdown will be lead by Colts’ Mataele who took his last game against Central Highlands at 49-12.

But in the following game Mataele was absent which left an even score between the teams of 19-all.

Rugby union’s Wes Heberlein said if the Colts got hold of the ball enough they would win the grand final.

“If Colts get an even a 40 per cent good ball their backline will post a cricket score.

“I haven’t seen Mataele play a bad game. He is quick, has a good kick, and is always around the ball – I don’t think the other team has a chance.”

But Central Highland’s Blaise Hartely will test this.

Hartley represented the Queensland Country under-15 side this year and has shown good form in his games.

“Hartley is a solid defender and he will steal the ball off everyone,” he said.

Both teams will have a structured forward play that should see a tight contest at the breakdown, he said.

But the Colts will also have the advantage of “big running” Comets under-18 player Dylan Tia’alega.

“Dylan is a unit, he just runs hard and generally take three defenders with him or on the ground behind him,” Heberlein said.

The under-14 grand final will have Brothers face the Colts, with the Colts to step up confidently after their strong win last weekend at 20-12.

Heberlein said Brothers would have a strong forward to meet the Colts’ strength, with their play revolving around creative ball-running flankers Jake Death and Will Swain.

But Brothers will watch for the Colts strength in their “back line combination.”

Colts will storm forward with a mixture of strong players from Broncos contracted Duncan Pi’aua to AFL’s Yaamba Bowie and will be backed by Riley Baira and Jonah Placid.

Heberlein said the under-14 game will be tight with strong forward attacks.

This weekend will also see the annual under-12 representative game between Rockhampton and the Central Highlands.

Last year Rockhampton copped a beating but this year they hope to change that in the rematch.

Heberlein said the game allowed the players to compete on a more competitive level, allowing the locals a taste of what is to come.

Grand Finals

Under-14 final: Brothers v Colts 5.15pm

Under-16 final: Colts v Central Highlands 6.30pm

Under-12 rep game: Rockhampton v Central Highlands 2pm.

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