PHOTO GALLERY: Johnson gets three tries in Calliope win
DYLAN Johnson looks like an old style rugby league player.
He has a scruffy mullet; his body shape not that of a super fit athlete, nor out of touch.
He holds onto the ball, doesn't pass it a lot and works hard in defence without giving up any penalties.
Johnson runs the ball hard and straight, his only aim to knock his opposition out of the way.
And all this - the way the 16-year-old plays the game - was rewarded in his under-17 match for Calliope Friday night; the front rower picking up a hat-trick.
"It has probably been five or six years since I got one," he said.
"I don't get many tries."
The first two against Wallabys came when Calliope needed something to spark the team into action.
Down 16-0, Johnson busted numerous tackles on a 60m line-break.
He followed the effort up a couple of plaays later by putting the ball over the stripe.
Only minutes later Johnson was at it again, bringing his side closer.
Eventually, through hard running from Johnson and his fellow forwards, Calliope motored home in the second half to win 40-22.
It keeps Calliope in fourth in the competition.
Johnson believes the team is better than that if they put a full performance together, which has been coming along slowly.
"We are going pretty good, we have a different coach and he has been good for us," Johnson said.
"We are doing it in bits and pieces."
Johnson has another year in under-17s next year if he wants to play there, but he said it will depend on how many players the club has in each age group.
He one day wants to help the Roosters club back into a dominant seniors outfit by resurrecting the A-Grade side.