Queensland’s Ipswich Grammar School representatives Dylan Dodd, Carlin Anderson, Shaquel Nixon, Willhelm Lauenstein and Lloyd Simms have returned victorious from the national under 18 indigenous rugby union championships in Alice Springs.
Queensland’s Ipswich Grammar School representatives Dylan Dodd, Carlin Anderson, Shaquel Nixon, Willhelm Lauenstein and Lloyd Simms have returned victorious from the national under 18 indigenous rugby union championships in Alice Springs. Claudia Baxter

Five-star display

IPSWICH Grammar School indigenous rugby stars have fired Queensland to a national indigenous under-18 rugby championship victory.

The IGS five - Willhelm Lauenstein (centre/wing), Shaquel Nixon (centre), Carlin Anderson (centre), Lloyd Simms (halfback) and Dylan Dodd (flanker) - all played starring roles as Queensland won it's three games in emphatic fashion in Alice Springs.

The closest result was a 35-12 win over Combined States first up before wins over NT (34-7) and NSW (31-7).

Dodd and Anderson were subsequently picked in the Australian Indigenous squad to contest the national schoolboys championships at Sydney in July.

For Dodd it was reward for strong form and inspiring leadership.

"He was our captain and he captained very well," Queensland Rugby Union development officer and team assistant coach Tyrell Barker said.

"The side only came together two days before the tournament.

"Dylan really stood up and pretty much led the whole way.

"He played very well - very much above his weight.

"He was good in the lineouts with his jumping and calling."

As strong as Dodd was in the forwards, it was out wide where the Queenslanders ran amok.

"Our backs were unbelievable," Barker said.

"Every time we went out wide it turned into making metres and scoring tries."

Anderson was originally picked as a Queensland reserve but took his opportunities to make the national indigenous squad as a shadow player.

"He made a massive impact when he came on," Barker said.

"Every time he carried the ball, he made metres."

With four IGS boys combining in the backs, it was no surprise the Queenslanders had an edge over their opponents.

"When we took one off (and replaced him with another IGS player), nothing changed," Barker said.

"The combinations were there on and off the field and some of the leaders in the team were the Ipswich guys."

It was clear there was a bond between the five as they joked around, taking the Mickey out of each other while posing for a photo yesterday.

"The other thing we spoke about was how the Queensland team gelled together," Barker said.

"They probably enjoyed each other more than the other teams.

"When we were warming up, they were joking and laughing, but on the field still found their focus."



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