Halves combination could hold the key

ST PETER Claver College students Cruz Elder and Anthony Murray could be excused for feeling under a little bit of pressure.

Not only are they the halves combination of their school's first grade rugby league team as it prepares to host the Queensland Confraternity rugby league tournament.

They are both naturally hookers who have been recently thrown into the halves together due to circumstances.

But speaking to them there is no hint of nerves or pressure.

"It's different," Murray said of being shifted from hooker to the halves.

"New challenges."

Challenges are something the pair seems to relish.

Asked if they were nervous about the big matches coming up, including Confraternity next week and Gee Shield finals after the holidays, Murray's response was "not really".

"Since then we've had a few games together."

The challenge of replacing the injured Shar Walden and departed Joel Hughes is something coach Todd Riggs had planned for.

As with every position, he has a contingency planned, so using Elder and Murray together has not been completely unexpected.

The pair is well drilled enough in their team's structures to slot into their new roles without any problems.

"They're really hookers but they'll do a job for us," Riggs said.

"Our hooker is a back-rower."

Asked what gives him such confidence, Riggs replied, "their talk, their commitment and the way they connect and bring the side together."

Confraternity starts on Monday, with the opening game for the home team an all Ipswich affair against St Edmund's College.

The Confraternity netball tournament, also featuring St Peter Claver College, is being held in Boondall.


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