WA 15’s need self belief to win it all

With a bit of self-belief, WA U15 Schoolboys Coach Matt Gowland says his side can take out of the John Allen Trophy at the Australian Secondary Schoolboys Rugby League Championships when they tackle Victoria in the final on Friday morning.

With two wins from three games, Gowland believes confidence is the final step towards taking out the title.

They’ve got the talent,” he said.

“Some of them need a bit of believing in their own ability and back themselves against other players around the countries because they deserve to be there at the tournaments.”

A victory over Victoria in the final would be perfect revenge for a 22-20 loss in the opening game of the championship.

“They’ve learnt from their mistakes,” Gowland said.

“We made some mistakes in a couple of games and are ready to right that wrong.”

Since that first up loss, WA have bounced back with wins over South Australia and Northern Territory, running in 12 tries in the process.

Gethin Thomas leads the way with three tries, while Jarred Therkelsen has kicked seven goals.

Gowland says he is impressed with his sides’ attitude during that run.

“They’ve really stepped up. You can tell they all want to learn,” he said.

“There are some really good lads in the squad.”

Gowland, who arrived on Australian shores 18 months ago from the UK, coached the Joondalup Giants U16’s and Northern Fusion before taking on the State job.

“I really liked the platform of the under 15’s. They really want to learn and I thought I could be really useful for the State team,” he said.

The final kicks off at 8.50am WST and will be live streamed on the ASSRL Facebook page.