Diggers roll out heavy artillery

NINE senior players have been brought into the Ipswich Mal Meninga Cup side as coach Chris Doyle brings out the heavy artillery to face Toowoomba.

The Ipswich Diggers under-16 Cyril Connell Cup and under-18 Mal Meninga Cup teams travel up the Warrego Highway to face vastly improved Toowoomba teams.

Doyle rested the majority of his 18-year-old players during their win over the Sunshine Coast two weeks ago.

He said the Toowoomba team had a number of players from their impressive club side Brothers Valleys in their rep teams.

Last year, Ipswich's two junior rep teams secured their only wins of a dismal season against Toowoomba.

“They have a stack of players who all play together at Brothers Valleys and they know each other inside out which is a great asset for them,” Doyle said. “I think this Toowoomba team will be a much tougher outfit than last year's.

“I think they will be better than Sunshine Coast and that's why we have the senior side playing.

“There are probably nine changes to the team.”

Kurt Capewell, the younger brother of Gold Coast Titans recruit and former South Sydney Rabbitohs rookie Luke, comes into the team at five-eighth with big wraps on his shoulders.

It is expected to be 30-plus degrees when the teams take the field tomorrow afternoon.

“It will make things interesting. I don't know if the players are that keen on playing in such heat,” Doyle said.

Against the Sunshine Coast, the Diggers rep teams notched two wins.

The under-16 team smashed its opposition 38-6 while the under-18s had to hold out a late comeback to win 26-20.

Doyle said he had worked on his players' fitness after they let slip an 18-point first half lead.



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