The team has improved both their attack and defence.
The team has improved both their attack and defence. Felicity Ripper

Brumbies feel Ants' sting in clash of North vs South

RUGBY LEAGUE: The game at Gayndah started off tight with the Kingaroy Red Ants and the Central Burnett Brumbies under-12 teams sitting on nil-all at half time when they faced off on Saturday.

But the Ants fired up in the second half to create an impressive lead before finishing on top with a win of 18-6.

"There was no score after the first 20 minutes but then we got lucky at the start of the second half,” Red Ants Coach Matt Jones said.

"Their intensity definitely lifted up then, not that they didn't play well in the first half but they just really switched on.”

The Central Burnett Brumbies got their try with just seconds to spare.

"In the second half we got ahead and put three on to bring us to 18-nil, then the Brumbies scored right on the hooter,” Jones said.

He said he is proud to have watched the U12s improve both their attack and defence as the season has progressed.

"We've definitely gotten smarter in our attack as well as in teamwork and communication.

"We want happy kids playing footy so they want to come back next year and we can keep the Red Ants a healthy club.”

Kingaroy's team have had a specific focus during their training sessions in recent weeks, and Jones said it showed on the field at the weekend.

"We've definitely been working on operating more as a team, rather than individuals,” he said.

"It's a challenge with young kids, and you have to give them a bit of leeway, but they did well.”

Jones said it's common to see some players in the younger grades trying to score when they could pass the ball to a better position.

"You explain to them that this is a team sport and 'let's use all our players to score a try',” he said.

"I've been encouraging more passing of the football and making sure the way they approach and speak to each other is all about backing one another.

"Being there for each other and being mates is important in a team.”

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