A full preview of round 1 of the Queensland Wizard Cup.
ASPLEY v NORTH QLD Suncorp Stadium, Friday March 16, 5.00pm Referee: Clayton Sharpe (Please note for anyone heading out to the game tonight between Aspley and the Young Guns, kick off has been brought forward 15 minutes to 5.00pm)
THE STORY: Brisbane Broncos feeder team Aspley may be making its debut, but already this game is being billed as a grudge match, with the best youngsters from the Broncos and Cowboys on display. Adding their weight of experience to the contest are Queensland State of Origin stalwart Paul Bowman and New Zealand Test stars Tame Tupou and David Faiumu, along with Michael Ennis.
THE STAT: Brent McConnell will play his first game against the Young Guns since leaving Townsville last year. The dual premiership winner has more Wizard Cup tries than anyone in this game - notching 55 from 93 games. To put that in perspective, NQ winger Scott Minto has 37 tries from 97 games. Watch for Broncos fullback Denan Kemp though; he has 27 tries in 27 games.
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