SIXCESS: Kingaroy Red Ants junior Jye Hopkins scored six tries during his under 16 rugby league game last Saturday. Photo: Aiden Burgess / South Burnett Times
SIXCESS: Kingaroy Red Ants junior Jye Hopkins scored six tries during his under 16 rugby league game last Saturday. Photo: Aiden Burgess / South Burnett Times Aiden Burgess

Points haul

SCORING a hat trick in rugby league is a standout performance of try scoring ability.

But to double this total in just one game is truly an outstanding achievement.

Kingaroy Red Ants junior Jye Hopkins did just that in his under-16 match against the Cherbourg Hornets.

The 15-year-old centre scored six tries in his side's 58-12 victory last Saturday afternoon at T.J O'Neill Oval.

Both Hopkins and the Red Ants got off to a flying start as the Wide Bay representative scored his hat trick in just the first 10 minutes of the game.

Hopkins highlighted his third try as the pick of his six for the match.

"We were attacking the line and our halfback put a kick up towards the corner and I caught it on the full and scored," he said.

The Kingaroy State High School student knew the reasons he was able to cross for six times.

"Without our forwards I wouldn't have been able to deliver the tries for the team," he said.

"I was in the right place at the right time and I used my speed, agility and determination to get the ball over the line."

Hopkins has played in the Red Ants junior squads for the past nine years and last year was the club's best forward in the under-14 squad.

The young try scoring talent recently represented Wide Bay playing for the under-15 rugby league side in Toowoomba.

The avid Manly Sea Eagles fan explained why he loved to score tries.

"Just the team celebration and it gives the team a break," he said.

"It's four more points for the team and four more points the other side needs to catch up."

Hopkins felt great after his six try performance on Saturday.

"I felt pretty proud of myself and my coach, Ryan Sullivan, told me I had a good game and to keep it up," he said.

"It was a great team effort and we were playing for each other and I was just out there playing with my mates and having a good time."

Robyn Hopkins described her son's rugby league strengths.

"He's a very good defensive player and he's also a team player who is happy to pass the ball," she said.

"His speed is his strength and that's why he's in the centres."

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