USC's Thomas Borchardt can hit like Trevor ‘The Axe’ Gillmeister says coach Brad Tronc.
USC's Thomas Borchardt can hit like Trevor ‘The Axe’ Gillmeister says coach Brad Tronc.

Coast rugby’s meanest men and biggest hitters

From bone-rattling Fijian powerhouses to blokes who "cut you in half", here are the 15 players in Sunshine Coast Rugby Union you don't want to run at.

The Sunshine Coast Daily has drafted in various coaches and players from local clubs to reveal the meanest and biggest hitters in the region.

One player was even compared to a rugby league legend known as "The Axe".

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USC Barbarians

University Barbarians coach Brad Tronc said for his side, it was an easy decision.

"Our number six, Tom Borchardt, he's a bit of a weapon," Tronc said.

"He has such good technique.

"I haven't seen a bloke with such timing and shoulder contact.

"You look at him and think he's stuffed but he has such a big motor and cuts them in half.

"He's actually a bit like The Axe, Trevor Gillmeister, similar build with everyone below the waist.

"Jeez he nails them."

 

USC Barbarian's inside centre Matt Macaulay is rated as one of the comp's toughest defenders for his size.
USC Barbarian's inside centre Matt Macaulay is rated as one of the comp's toughest defenders for his size.

Matt Macaulay: "He is probably their most technically gifted of tacklers," Caloundra's Mitch Platt said.

"He is a textbook defender who prides himself on it.

"Bigger backs line him up and he puts them on their backs.

"He has this nice dirty mullet going on but has proven himself."

"Matt can really hurt you when he gets in low," Noosa's Mick Phelan said.

Matt Lieder: "He's another strong centre, who is a commander in the backline. He is very technical," Maroochydore's Kaleb Talbot said.

 

Caloundra Lighthouses

 

Prop Brandon Duggan playing for Caloundra back in 2016. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Prop Brandon Duggan playing for Caloundra back in 2016. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily

 

Brandon Duggan: "I am lucky there are a couple of my team, but none better than BJ," Platt said.

"He is one of the best whackers around.

"There's not so much between the ears but he has a beautifully-timed tackle."

Tronc said Duggan had proved a real handful in round one.

"He went all day."

Vilikesa Raboiliku: "Big Villie, I know from playing Stingrays and when he gets the ball and runs at you, he gets on top," Talbot said.

"He loves the physicality and is bloody hard to stop."

"Villie knows how to deal out some solid tackles, USC wore a few good shots from him," Platt said.

Mac Burgess: "He's just an all-round great player," Phelan said.

"For a back his defence is right up there."

 

Noosa Dolphins

 

Noosa's Nick Colvin is a highly rated defender.
Noosa's Nick Colvin is a highly rated defender.

 

Nick Colvin: Have to say our flanker Nick," Phelan said.

"Technique, size to get down low, good body height positioning and a low centre of gravity, he makes it count."

Gary McNeil: "Noosa's big tight-head they got back after a couple of seasons away," Caloundra skipper Mitch Platt said.

"He has a big set of shoulders."

 

Noosa Dolphins prop Gary McNeil playing in 2014.
Noosa Dolphins prop Gary McNeil playing in 2014.

 

Will Rogers: "Technique wise he is very good," Platt said.

"Particularly as a back coming into the forwards, he can really hit."

 

Noosa's Will Rogers eyes off a bone rattler.
Noosa's Will Rogers eyes off a bone rattler.

 

Maroochydore Swans

Ratu Qalomaiwasa: "Our new backrower, big Ratu, he just showed up and made an immediate impact," Swans hooker Kaleb Talbot said.

"We all knew he would be a hit man.

"Great line speed and he loves the contact."

Sam Pavlich: "He has been excellent with his aggression, both in tackle and the breakdown."

Vinni Berry: "Swans number 8," Noosa's Phelan said.

"He had a really good work rate and effective tackle.

"He was impressive off the line."

 

Caboolture Snakes

New coach Jason de Kok said he had not had enough time to accurately name any opposition players but listed three "weapons of his own".

Siione Lolohea: "You shouldn't be running at him, he will tackle very hard and gives it all," de Kok said.

Lopeti Mailua: "Very clean tackler."

Hugh Whittleton: "He just works hard and makes lots of tackles, cuts them down low."


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