STRONG: Trequaan Stanley fends off a defender on his way to scoring a try in the Mustangs challenge.
STRONG: Trequaan Stanley fends off a defender on his way to scoring a try in the Mustangs challenge. Claudia Williams

Players up for the challenge

RUGBY LEAGUE: Trequaan Stanley is looking forward to stepping up to under-14s in 2019 and he now understands what it will take.

Trequaan and the Queensland's up and coming footballers mastered their team work and developed their skills at the Western Mustang's challenge on the weekend.

The Murgon Mustangs hosted the two day competition which sees players competing according to international rules for the first time in preparation for playing U14s.

Trequaan embraced the new aspects of the game alongside his South Burnett Blue team mates.

"Playing international rules was pretty difficult, especially the scrum because being a forward you had to be there and I know for our second rowers and our backs it was pretty hard," he said.

"We got used to it and going into under-14s next year where we will be playing the same rules I think it will be good for us."

The carnival provided the opportunity for players from different clubs in the region to join forces and play as one.

"Starting off we all played individually and we played very dispersed from each other because everyone didn't really know each others talents because we were a combined team of the South Burnett," Trequaan said.

Teamwork proved to be the winning factor and the team scored wins on Sunday.

"It was an outstanding day for our team because we spread the ball out and showed each other what we can all do together instead of playing as a one man team."

Being the home side South Burnett entered two teams in the tournament who faced teams from Roma, Gympie, Western Downs,Toowoomba, Noosa, Southern Outback. Stanley River, Beerwah, Warwick and Hervey Bay.

Steven Alexander coached the South Burnett White side and while his team didn't score a win he said the game experience will prove to be a great asset to the players.

"It is good to build them up for next year and meet new friends fromdifferent teams they struggled a bit because of their size but it is all about experience and playing footy," he said.

"You are never going to be playing with the same kids every week so it was good fun for them to be on a team with players from the six different clubs."

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