UNION REPS: The Under-16s beat the Gold Coast by one point in the dying seconds of the final.
UNION REPS: The Under-16s beat the Gold Coast by one point in the dying seconds of the final.

Prossie Bushrangers take win

RUGBY UNION: Proserpine lads Ben Cornish and Taine Browne were part of the Under-16 Bushrangers team that defeated the Gold Coast to take out the 2016 Queensland Rugby Union Junior State Championships.

Thousands of spectators converging on The Southport School over the three days of competition.

Proserpine players were represented in the under-16 Central Queensland Bushrangers team who stole the show by claiming a hard fought victory over the Gold Coast.

Scrumhalf Ben Cornish proved to be the difference for the Bushrangers, slotting a crucial penalty in the dying minutes of the game to secure them the one-point win.

A try to player of the match Willie Venter and a penalty in front of the sticks with two minutes to go meant the Bushrangers went to the final siren 8-7.

Coach Jim Fabish congratulated the players who hailed from Proserpine, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Harvey Bay, Mundubbera and Emerald.

"Thank you all for believing in dreams coming true. Thank you all for believing in myself and Zak Costar. And most of all, thank you for believing in you," he said.

The Central Queensland Bushrangers under-14 team won all but one game and came second overall Fabish said.

Queensland Rugby general manager, operations Rob Donaghue said the success of the tournament was testament to the growth of rugby union throughout country Queensland.

"The event provides players with the chance to represent their region and play against quality opposition from different areas of the state," he said.

"Overall the quality of rugby across the three days has been excellent and there has been plenty of talent unearthed ."


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