RUGBY LEAGUE: Sunshine Coast Falcons under-18 coach Glen Dreger said the side’s pleasing results in this year’s Mal Meninga Cup is testament to the junior pathway laid by the Bokarina-based club.
The former Falcons Intrust Super Cup coach has guided the side – packed with players from last year’s grand-final losing under-16 team – to a semi-finals berth against the Townsville Blackhawks on Saturday.
Both have put together some cricket scores on their way to being undefeated after seven rounds of competition.
But it’s something that may change this weekend, with Dreger urging his troops to really muscle-up in defence in Toowoomba.
“Even though we’ve been banking up some big scores, we’ve only leaked 48 points for seven games,” he said.
“I think the most we’ve let in was 16 points. If you can keep sides to 18 or below you’ll go close.”
Those scorelines were against Toowoomba and the Falcons still managed to pass the half-century mark on both occasions.
The competition’s leading point-scorer Braydon Trindall has played a huge role in those statistics, bagging 13 tries and 78 points.
But Dreger also praised his forward pack for laying a strong foundation in the side’s dream run to the finals.
“It just shows all our development pathways are heading in the right direction,” he said.
“Each year the kids coming through are outstanding.”
The match kicks-off at 12.30pm at Gold Park, Toowoomba.