HIGH HOPES: Red Bulls’ under-16s side, which features game-breakers like Geordie Ladbrook, Jamie Crawford and Ben Upton, remain a major premiership chance.
HIGH HOPES: Red Bulls’ under-16s side, which features game-breakers like Geordie Ladbrook, Jamie Crawford and Ben Upton, remain a major premiership chance. Tom Gillespie

The rugby league side averaging 58 points a game

RUGBY LEAGUE: Most coaches are happy to be top of the premiership ladder, but how do you feel when your side is averaging 58 points a game?

That’s the reality for Wallumbilla-Surat Red Bulls U16s coaches Les Alwood and Ryan Wheel.

Their side, featuring future club stars like Geordie Ladbrook and Jamie Crawford, has been truly on fire in 2016, having scored 580 points from just 10 games this season.

But Allwood, who took over the gig this year with the hope of delivering the club their first premiership since 2013, was more impressed with their defensive average of just 8.6 points per game.

“We have the side to win the whole thing, it’s just a matter of the boys turning up every week,” he said.

“Their attitude has impressed us – most weeks they’re switched on and that can be a challenge for teenagers.

“That statistic (8.6 points leaked per game) is what we’re more impressed at, because that’s to do with their defensive attitude.”

The Red Bulls celebrate their Reserve Grade premiership in 2013.
The Red Bulls celebrate their Reserve Grade premiership in 2013. Derek Barry

But the Red Bulls face one of their sternest tests of the season: an away trip to Chinchilla to play the second-placed Bulldogs.

Allwood said it would give him a good idea of his boy’s ability to deal with pressure.

“This will be a real test this weekend for the boys.”

The Red Bulls have not tasted premiership success since 2013’s Reserve Grade side, which also counts as the last time they were in a grand final.


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