Ipswich State High five-eighth Joel Hughes at training ahead of Wednesday's clash with Morayfield High.
Ipswich State High five-eighth Joel Hughes at training ahead of Wednesday's clash with Morayfield High. David Nielsen

National Schoolboys knock-out to test Ipswich teams

THE best two schoolboys rugby league teams in Ipswich will find out where they stand in the south Queensland pecking order on Wednesday.

Ipswich State High takes on Morayfield High before St Peter Claver College meets Palm Beach Currumbin High in the South Queensland final eight of the National Schoolboys Cup knockout tournament.

Both matches are at Kougari Oval, Wynnum.

While Ipswich are favoured to overcome Morayfield, St Peter Claver are very much the outsiders against heavyweights PBC.

"We've implemented a game plan to suit our style," SPC captain Daniel Ioane said.

"We've got to play to our strengths and stick with them the whole 60 minutes."

Those strengths are the SPC backline, with Ioane chiming in from fullback.

Ipswich High coach Lee Addison has rung some selection changes to keep his team on their toes heading into the clash with Morayfield.

One of those is the introduction of towering second rower Waylen Manuel-Bartlett.

"It's been my dream since I started (at Ipswich State High) in year eight," he said of representing his school's 1st XIII.



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