RUGBY UNION: Rueben Olive side steps for Central QLD U19 at Salter Oval in Bundaberg on the 3rd June 2017.
RUGBY UNION: Rueben Olive side steps for Central QLD U19 at Salter Oval in Bundaberg on the 3rd June 2017. Paul Donaldson BUN030617RUGUN3

Central Queensland rue not playing at their best

UNION: Central Queensland conceded stage fright may have got to them as they competed at the Queensland Country Rugby Union championships in under-19.

The side struggled at home as they lost to North Queensland on Friday 45-5 before ending their campaign with a 47-17 loss to South Queensland.

"Our last 20 minutes in both games were our best," CQ under-19 coach Teran McCasker said.

"The next step up put a bit of pressure on them and they got stage fright."

McCasker said it was the polar opposite to the way they played in the trial before the event.

"I know we can play better but we have got to show it," he said.

"The boys' heads weren't in it."

Bundaberg's Rueben Olive was one positive for the side.

He scored a try in the match against South Queensland and was one of Central Queensland's best.

"Rueben showed he is a class player and can definitely match it at the next level," he said.

"I would be surprised if he wasn't picked for Country."

Olive was one of three players from Bundy with Layton Chambers and Perry Gorlick also playing.



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