ENFORCER: Wallaroos prop William Jung is a notable inclusion for the club's minor semi final against Waves Tigers.
ENFORCER: Wallaroos prop William Jung is a notable inclusion for the club's minor semi final against Waves Tigers. Valerie Horton

Jung must lead from the front to help Roos

WILLIAM Jung does not expect any favours from a hungry Waves Tigers pack.

The Wallaroos enforcer will return to the A-grade bench for Saturday's Bundaberg Rugby League minor semi-final at Salter Oval. The winner qualifies for the preliminary final, the loser's season is over.

Seagull Will Jung. Bundaberg Rugby League grand final: Hervey Bay Seagulls v The Waves Tigers at Salter Oval, Bundaberg.
Seagull Will Jung. Bundaberg Rugby League grand final: Hervey Bay Seagulls v The Waves Tigers at Salter Oval, Bundaberg. Matthew McInerney

The 22-year-old prop, who missed the qualifying final loss to Past Brothers due to an ankle injury, will assume his role as one of the club's on-field leaders.

He returned from a one-season sojourn with Hervey Bay Seagulls as a premiership-winner, an experience he said has improved his rugby league.

Hervey Bay's Bundaberg Rugby League representative players Will Jung (prop), Billy Stefaniuk (wing, debut) and Damien Otto (hooker). Photo Matthew McInerney  / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Hervey Bay's Bundaberg Rugby League representative players Will Jung (prop), Billy Stefaniuk (wing, debut) and Damien Otto (hooker). Photo Matthew McInerney / Fraser Coast Chronicle Matthew McInerney

"I feel a lot more knowledgeable about the game, and I think I respect the ball a lot more than I used to,” Jung said.

"Having played rep as well, I think I can have a big impact by taking that ball up. If I lead by example I can change the game.”

Rugby League - Roos V. Isis. William Jung (Roos) runs the ball up.
Rugby League - Roos V. Isis. William Jung (Roos) runs the ball up. Alistair Brightman

Wallaroos will be without star second-rower Mason Atkinson, who succumbed to a knee injury, though the consistent Ben Turner will move into the starting side.

Winger Dylan McCrae, who scored three tries in his A-grade debut despite a broken hand, will return to the wing in place of Sam Hutchins. Kodi McConnell will start on the bench.

Rugby league - Wallaroos V. Easts. Wallaroos Ben Turner.
Rugby league - Wallaroos V. Easts. Wallaroos Ben Turner. Alistair Brightman

If Wallaroos are to succeed, they have to weather an early storm led by Waves' hungry and sizeable forward pack.

That message was consistent from Jung and coach Peter Waters, who said it was an important day for the club.

"It was a position I hoped we'd be in,” Waters said.

"If we can weather that storm then throw the ball around with some discipline, we can get there.”



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