College products hit big league
TODD Riggs may have felt the disappointment of his St Peter Claver College firsts team losing to Ipswich rivals Redbank Plains High in the Gee Shield semi-final last week.
But Riggs could still take satisfaction from the efforts of two of his former SPCC charges this week.
Former SPCC halfback Tony Milford will line up for the Queensland under-18 team against NSW under-18s in a curtain-raiser for tonight's State of Origin 2 in Sydney.
Milford has begun to make his mark at the Canberra Raiders, starring in the club's run to the SG Ball (under-18) final and debuting for the Raiders under-20s in the Toyota Cup.
Milford has been filling in at centre in the Toyota Cup recently, showing his versatility.
"He went brilliantly," Riggs said.
Milford is not the only former SPCC protégé of Riggs to make a mark this week.
Tautau Moga, a teammate of Milford's in 2010, scored his second try in four matches in the National Rugby League's top grade for the Sydney Roosters in Sunday's 40-22 loss to the Brisbane Broncos.
"He's been good," said Riggs, who has followed the Bellbird Park product's rise closely.
"He's been consistent.
"He's still working his way into it a bit.
"I know he's not getting as much ball as he'd like."
It is not surprising given his junior status in the team and quiet nature.
"He'll get there," Riggs said.
"We all know what he can do in attack and he's worked hard on his defence.
"He'll be there for a decade."
Milford was described recently by Raiders' Toyota Cup coach Andrew Dunemann as a young Benji Marshall clone.
Both Moga and Milford are used to being compared to established stars and it has always been meant as a compliment.
Moga has been labelled the next Israel Folau for some time.
They share a similar build, position on the wing or in the centres and Australian Schoolboys pedigree.
And like the young Folau, Moga is quietly spoken and well mannered but loves nothing more than scoring tries and leaving defenders in the dust.