Top forward signs up for the unbeaten Cowboys
RUGBY LEAGUE: Watching prop forward Simona Vavega should be worth the admission price alone as the Warwick Cowboys aim to retain a share of the competition lead in the Toowoomba Rugby League competition.
Warwick is at home to Oakey tomorrow night at Father Ranger Oval. The first of three games is at 3.30pm with A grade at 6.30pm.
Warwick and Goondiwindi share the lead on four points. Premiers Valleys are also unbeaten but have only played one game due to the bye last weekend.
Vavega has been part of the Broncos extended squad and has played for Brisbane Norths.
Warwick back rower Sam Broomhall is a friend of Vavega and has encouraged his mate to join the Cowboys.
Cowboys coach Matt Grew was impressed with the performance first up by Vavega after he came off the bench in the win against Dalby.
"He is a typical front rower who is a hard ball runner and strong defender,” he said.
One of many players standing out for the Cowboys is second rower Josh Cruice.
"Josh is excellent week in, week out and is one of the most underrated players in the TRL competition,” Grew said.
After he missed the win against Wattles two weeks ago due to a family commitment, halfback Paul Cantwell was back in the starting side last weekend.
"Paul led the side around the paddock against Dalby and defended really well,” Grew said.
After this weekend, Warwick has two weekends without footy due to the bye and Easter.
Under-18 coach Josh Williams was impressed with his side's training this week.
"We will be able to compete against Oakey and am confident we can win,” Williams said.
"The team had a lot of injuries against a big Dalby forward pack last weekend but most of the players will be right for the Oakey game.”
Captain Michael Van Der Sande has been the Cowboys best in under-18s this season playing hooker.
"Stanthorpe-based player Hamish Cole has really impressed at five-eighth in his first season with the Cowboys. Centre Jake Speed is playing well along with Joe Wagner who has been strong off the bench at dummy half.”
Saturday Times: Under 18 3.30pm, reserve grade 5pm, A grade 6.30pm.