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Round 7 – Ipswich Grammar School

Team Result TGS Opp Match Summary Man of the Match
First XV Loss 32 34 Too many turnovers and poor defence are not a good combination and this proved to be the downfall of the First XV on the weekend. The team started the game on fire, scoring 15 points in the first 15 minutes. Unfortunately, the boys got ahead of themselves and did not treasure possession like they need to at this level. The boys showed great fighting spirit to come within a whisker, but the damage had already been done. Despite the disappointment, the team showed some glimpses of brilliant attacking rugby and it is hoped they can build on this to take down the GT boys next week. Harry Leerentveld
Second XV Win 50 10 A good turn around from last week in terms of staying focused defensively and in attack. Well constructed tries from our attacking structures completed two good halves of football. The risk was to throw everything out the window and attack willy nilly – the team resisted this and kept to the plan, resulting in a solid win that showed how well the boys can play when concentrating. A good win from a good team. Well done. Jack McGrath
Third XV Win 38 0 The boys were aware that this game could have been an ambush and started the game with a little caution, doing the basics right and following the game plan. A well-executed backline move saw James Sinnamon through with no one in front only to have a forward pass called. While this was disappointing the boys hung in and it was only a few minutes later that a similar move again resulted in a try for James Sinnamon, who also went on to score another try later. The forwards tried a different game plan this week and while it showed promise the boys ended up going back to the game plan that has been successful all year. The forwards are working well as a unit and the backs are getting some good front foot ball which they are using well. In all, the team scored six tries with the highlight being one scored by hooker Josh Lee, who managed to evade a desperate defender with his left foot step and then carry one last defender over the line. All the boys played well today, Jacob Burgoyne had his best game of the year and is really starting to be a threat to opposition teams. James Sinnamon
Fourth XV Supp-Loss 5 17 Tough day out for the boys today going down to a strong BBC side. With split venues this weekend, putting together complete teams was difficult. With this in mind, the boys put in a gallant effort scoring first and then holding off wave after wave of BBC attacks. At times the boys were their own worst enemies at the breakdown, with regular penalties reinforcing this point. Key individual efforts from Hugh McRae with a massive defensive hit and Will Carty’s dominant running and defense kept the team in the game. Unfortunately, the forwards were depleted by injury and struggled to match the BBC team. With the last GPS game next weekend, hopefully, the team will be able to field a close to full strength side to finish strongly. Will Carty
Fifth XV Supp-Loss 0 25 Two weeks ago, the Fifths dominated BBC at home with a 57- 0 victory. Today it was a completely different story. A much improved BBC side started the match strongly with aggression and an intensity that unfortunately wasn’t matched by the TGS boys. The BBC forwards were dominant and made easy metres close to the ruck. A number of errors and a lack of patience in attack gave BBC plenty of possession. With no reserves and playing the last 20 minutes with only 14 on the field (due to injury), it was always going to be a battle for the Fifths. Joshua Smith, playing in the centres this week, was outstanding with brutal defence and some very strong carries. Thomas White, in his first game at flyhalf, always looked dangerous when taking the ball to the line and created a number of opportunities out wide. Again, the effort from all players was outstanding. It has been a very enjoyable season and all players are certainly keen to give Gregory Terrace a match to remember next week. Joshua Smith
Sixth XV Supp-Loss 14 38 A hard-fought match where the Sixths were up against a strong and fast Fifths side from GT. Unfortunately, the team couldn’t build any pressure with GT controlling the breakdown in attack and defence. Down 0-14 early in the first half, the boys from TGS dug deep to score two tries to Timothy Zuyderwyk and Fraser Stewart to bring the game back to level 14 all at half time. GT came out after the break to blow the boys away with the final score 14-38. Timothy Zuyderwyk

16A Win 43 0 Whilst the boys enjoyed a very convincing win, the team still has much to work on before next week. When the boys played the team’s structure, IGS had no answer, but unfortunately, the boys went away from the structure too readily. Some nice long range tries shows the team has the fire power to capitalise on good possession. Tries to Ted Vary, Dougal Gray, Henry Wunsch, Angus Clark, Allister Cameron and Lachlan Smith, whilst Callum Lyons crossed the paint and slotted four conversions (and was unlucky not to land a couple more from out wide). The centre pairing of Angus Clark and Seaton Siegfried took out the player votes this week. Angus Clark and Seaton Siegfried
16B Win 47 10 In a scrappy, ill-disciplined game the boys struggled early against a fired up and willing IGS team. After scoring the initial points the team turned over the ball too easily and allowed IGS to attack the team’s line for an extended period which eventually resulted in a try. With the score at 7-5 after 15 minutes the boys had to work hard to return to their structures and maintain discipline. The boys did this and controlled the ball well for the rest of the half, putting on a further two well-constructed tries to go to the break with the score 21-5. The second half took on a similar tone to the first with silly errors, ill-discipline, and cheap turn-overs breaking the flow and momentum on numerous occasions and resulted in another IGS try. Despite the boys’ inability to mount any sustained pressure, the team played some great rugby in patches and scored another four tries, one of which was a superb ninety metre solo effort from prop Will Barry who outsprinted IGS backs to get over the line. In general, this was not one of the team’s better games despite the 47 -10 final score line.  The boys will have to significantly improve their discipline next week against GT. Best performances came from Will Barry, Nicholas Simpson, Peter Welsh, Wil Jauncey and Will Flynn who all had strong games. Well done again to all boys. Will Barry
16C Supp-Win 49 5 The team recorded an easy win today. The boys played a very open game throwing the ball around and having a bit of fun. There were some entertaining passages of play that showed the high level of skill that the boys possess. Some late changes saw a new halves combination that proved to be very accomplished and laid the foundation for six tries to the outside backs. A belated start to the season for Samuel Hicks didn’t stop him from completing a well deserved Man of the Match performance in his first full game of the year. A much tougher game next week will need greater discipline and structure if the team is to see a successful end to the GPS season. A committed week of training and a willingness to address any sense of complacency will ensure the boys their best chance. Samuel Hicks
16D Supp-Win 13 12 for those who don’t know the coach, he doesn’t have much hair. By the time the game finished there wasn’t any left! Playing against a strong GT side the boys got off to a great start with a great individual try to Campbell Goodchild. Due to the GT fullback saving four tries and strong ball running, GT was able to hit back with five minutes to go until half time. The boys then drove a maul 25 metres to score a try to make it 10-7 at half time. The question was asked at half time, “Who wants it more?” GT wanted it more ten minutes in by scoring a quick try. The team received a penalty with no time on the clock and the boys were about to tap and go, giving the coach a heart attack until common sense prevailed and the decision was made to go for the points. Sam Titterton scored the winning penalty goal to win 13-12. A great contest! Man of the Match was shared between Campbell Goodchild and Ethan Lunn. Congratulations to Josh Beatty who had his first win as captain. Campbell Goodchild and Ethan Lunn

15A Win 15 14 A fine result against a very good attacking team achieved on the back of well structured and scrambling defence. The game began at a cracking pace with the fast Ipswich side looking to attack from all parts of the ground. While hectic attack can cause problems it can be countered with a straight defensive line taking space off the opposition and this is exactly what the TGS side did. The end result was that Ipswich struggled to break the line. In attack, the TGS side played a sensible structure and with the forward pack asserting its dominance, found the lead at half time. An unfortunate sin binning allowed Ipswich the space to attack and two rapid tries saw them take the lead. The return to 15 men saw the TGS side regroup and slowly gain the ascendancy. A fine Hamish Muller try after great lead up work from the outside backs rocked the Ipswich side and a penalty given on the back of strong forward play, saw TGS take a 15-14 lead. The last eight minutes were frantic and the boys’ scrambling defence frustrated the Ipswich side into error.  Despite a number of half chances they couldn’t convert, seeing the team hold on for a very fine win.  Bailey Skeates
15B Win 38 14 This was always going to be a tougher game against big opposition, but the team made it much harder than it needed to be. It was a tough contest up the middle with both sets of forwards hitting hard and looking for ascendancy. The team’s tactics were to push the ball wide of the ruck, wear the forwards out and look to the edges for the fast men. Hunter Austin controlled this perfectly from number nine. The team went into half time leading 22-0. Captain Nick Cave again controlled field position with great tactical kicking and was constantly turning IGS around. Even though the forwards did a lot of the hard up-front work in this game, thanks in particular to Michael Evans, Mitchell Foster, Cody Durdin, Jack Byrne and Jack Tranberg. It was very pleasing to see Hunter Austin take his chances from number nine this week, using his foot speed and game awareness to beat the defence and get two tries. Charlie Coote and Nick Cave chimed in with two tries each after great lead up work from Patrick McKay and Ryan Hogan. The team should have put the foot down after half time but let IGS get a whiff and cross for two tries. It was unusual to see the boys slip off tackles, and that will be a focus this week in preparation for GT. Great to see the boys enjoying themselves, supporting each other and playing entertaining rugby for another win. Well done boys. Hunter Austin
15C Win 50 7 A dominant performance from the boys today. They showed a killer instinct, scoring inside the opening minute with some great runs and quick ball from Thomas Heath. Dewald Geldenhuys shredded the defense apart with strong runs and an even stronger fend. All the players put in a top effort in defense with close to no missed tackles. Tim Johnston controlled the back line well and made sure the outside men had plenty of space. Josh Ronnfeldt danced his way through the IGS back line on multiple occasions and was always followed closely by Hamish Robertson. A great win that will give the boys confidence moving into next week. Josh Ronnfeldt
15D Supp-Loss 10 39 The boys demonstrated much more powerful defence today and much more coordinated work in the backs. They maintained a level of energy through the entire game that would surpass anyone’s expectation of a team that was behind on the scoreboard. Communication within the team was greatly improved and some excellent performances by several players – including Hamish Cameron, Conor Murphy, Matthew Allpass and Lachie Bignell – helped to keep the margin fairly low. Man of the Match was an easy pick: Tulloch Lowe played with fervour right to the end. Tulloch Lowe

14A Loss 12 31 The team was competitive for most of the game with lapses in defence allowing IGS to walk away with the win. Hard running and solid work around the ball carrier kept the boys in the game trailing 12-17 with around ten minutes remaining. Fatigue crept in and the number of missed tackles began to increase letting IGS run away with the win 12-31. Sam Paine was awarded Man of the Match with a competent move from openside flanker to inside centre to cover an injury to Clancy McPherson. Sam Paine
14B Loss 17 28 The 14Bs were understandably disappointed at the conclusion of this loss to IGS – they were the better team and were beaten in most unfortunate circumstances. Ahead 17-14 with 5 minutes to play, TGS’s game was structured, gutsy and determined, its best this season. Fullback Daly Guest got the scoring underway with a five-pointer after just ten minutes of play. Man of the Match, Cameron Elmes, who the day before was struggling with a bad cold, was the next to score for the home side, crossing just before the break. When Ipswich scored its second converted try, the pressure was on the hosts, but our organised pick-and-goes worked in our favour and hooker Patrick Doran capitalised, scoring beside the posts. Daly Guest converted and the score was 17-14. Ipswich was fortunate to intercept on their own 22-metre line and ran away to score under the posts. Another late try and the game was beyond the team’s grasp. The boys were proud of their efforts and they should be. Cameron Elmes
14C Supp-Loss 27 32 A outstanding effort by the 14C team this weekend with the score see-sawing through the whole game. Three of the boys had to back up after playing for the 14Ds with 7 being left in Toowoomba to play and reserve for the 14Bs against IGS. TGS on the day had by far the better forward pack with BBC having the better backs. Angus Callachor and Angus Storie both had great games with Sam Southern taking out Man of the Match. Sam Southern
14D Supp-Loss 5 39 Another week of sickness and injury meant the boys were very under strength, playing away from home was always going to be an uphill battle. Line speed which made the team so competitive in the previous two games became nonexistent in the first half and combined with a lack of enthusiasm lead to a 0-25 deficit at half time. Douglas Plant as captain was once again everywhere on the paddock giving all he had in a losing side. An excellent try went to Allen Li, using his pace to score our only try in the corner. Harry Brimblecombe was again the Man of the Match.  Every week he continues to improve with his match IQ and development as a great organiser at half-back. Thank you to the 14C boys who were more than willing to help make up the numbers deficit to assist the 14D boys. A disappointing result considering the team lost 10-22 last time the team played the BBC side. A good week of training is needed to get back up to the standard. Harrison Brimblecombe

13A Loss 12 24 When the 13A team finally decide to collectively and consistently apply the set game plan, South East Queensland will be rocked by the potential of this team. Good debuts by the workaholic Oliver ‘Surf and Turf’ Chaffey and the fearsome Mani ‘Shaq’ Hapi were shaded by a fine overall performance by Sam ‘Shrek’ Schriek who gave his all in a tough contest.  The GT match presents as an opportunity for redemption and, as always, the coaching message is not about “outcome” but rather about “process.”  When the team decides to own this concept and the standards required to achieve it, I am confident they can be very competitive in their division. Sam ‘Shrek’ Schriek
13B Win 26 19 Finally a win for the boys. Sam Walker again can carry the ball over the line with a nice push behind him to secretly place a ball, Angus Paton was able to bag a double off the hard work done by the boys in the middle and Mac Flegler ran in an amazing try down the line somehow beating most of the IGS team.  Poor Jack Hohnke had the unfortunate job of supporting him, repeatedly dodging and jumping over IGS bodies in Mac Flegler’s wake. The score was helped by a hot Harrison Tzannes boot and IGS were quick to learn not to run anywhere near Thomas Cocks who leveled runners like a professional concreter. Whilst the team may have won, the boys should reflect on having played better against stronger teams. The boys should not sink to the occasion and stick to structures done in training throughout the game. Thomas Cocks
13C Supp-Loss 12 27 The game plan of picking and driving to commit the inside backs and loose forwards worked a treat in the first half with both Gus Maher and Keegan Sutcliffe scoring tries to see the boys go into the half time break, 12-10 leaders. Unfortunately, the boys forgot the game plan in the second half and the team’s fitness levels once again hindered their efforts. A great game overall and much improved since the last time the team played BBC (0-56). The final score line didn’t reflect the tightness of the game, well-done to the lads! Angus Cory
13D Supp-Loss 17 34 The most pleasing aspect of this game was the heart that the boys showed. Even though the team was beaten, the boys really did turn up for the match. Today’s result was a great improvement given the loss of 51-10 the last time the teams played each other.  As was discussed at training, a large part of rugby is heart which is something that is acquired and this match proved that the team has definitely grown in this department. Tom Green as captain again led the way with some great runs and bone crunching defence. He was capably assisted by Harrish Mahendran and Zachary Dean with some very strong runs. In the backs, Sam Lyons played very well at number ten and Oliver Reed, whilst not the biggest player on the pitch, ran hard and tackled very well. Jim Krieg also played very well and was unlucky not to score in the corner. Great effort by the boys. Harrish Mahendran

12A Loss 7 47 There were some good passages of play from the TGS 12As today. Once again, a good try was scored on the back of some well-structured attack. However, the boys could not repeatedly contain the pace in the back line of the IGS squad and they bounded away in the second half. Nevertheless, the boys will have learned a lot from today’s game. There was an improvement in defense and the attack was controlled quite well. Some loose carries hurt the team and turned possession over, allowing IGS further opportunities. Nick Saal
12B Supp-Loss 7 59 It was a tough day for the boys with some early points (try to Hugh Pollock, converted by Baxter Tzannes) in the game boosting the boys’ confidence. Unfortunately, with a few boys out sick, gaps opened up in the line and the boys conceded too many tries. A last ditch effort denied them a follow up try in the dying seconds. Good effort from all boys involved. Hugh Pollock

11A Win 26 19 Good to see the boys bounce back into the winner’s circle after last week. The team pieced together some nice passages of play that led to some good team tries. In defence, the team worked well and got off their line to force some timely errors. One round to go for the boys next week against Gregory Terrace. Archer Black
11B Win 61 0 What a good team display today by the 11B team! Boys were moved around to accommodate illness in the A team and they never missed a beat from the start of the match. Strong work at the breakdown allowed for the backs to score a number of tries early. The forwards soon followed suit and opened the IGS team up through the middle. Good luck next week against GT. Mark Armstrong

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Round 6 – Anglican Church Grammar School

Team Result TGS Opp Match Summary Man of the Match
First XV  Loss  21  32 A tough day at the office for the First XV. Right from the beginning, the play lacked energy and the boys were soundly beaten by the better team on the day. The attack was well off and the defensive attitude was  lacking. The team knows they are much better than what was shown on the day and the boys will bounce back well next week. Well done to George Andreas, not only scoring his first try in the First XV, but crossing for a double. The team is a resilient mob, they’ve bounced back from disappointment in the past and will do it again this week.  Tom Dickenson
Second XV Loss 5 34 Today’s performance was not one of the team’s better ones, despite the enthusiasm and spirit being very good. Basic defensive errors, namely, missed first up tackles allowed the opposition to make too much ground, allowing them to score easily. This side is made of sterner stuff and needs to rediscover its defensive mojo. At times the boys played very well and had the opposition going backward, but maintaining pressure was not consistent. Team belief needs to be managed by themselves, which has been evident on many occasions this season. Next week is another opportunity to show what the team can do – the boys are a good team of good young men. Billy Perrignon
Third XV Win 22 7 With the wind blowing a gale this was always going to be a hard game to win. The boys started well but struggled to convert the pressure into points; there was a clear break which would have resulted in a try that was pulled back for a forward pass, a few dropped balls at crucial times but eventually the boys crossed the line to take the lead which was held onto until halftime. The team adjusted the defensive lineout and  started to dominate in the second half. With the lion’s share of possession, the team’s class started to come through and another well-worked try was the result. A penalty kick ensured that Churchie had to score 3 times. Unfortunately they managed to score a converted try to put it at 17-7. Our workaholic number seven, Charlie Wockner, picked up the ball and raced 55 metres down the blindside to score on the bell. The last five metres of his run was just about all he had left and he managed to fall over the line while dragging a defender along. The boys keep finding ways to win and and are really building into a fine team. A special mention must be made of Lachlan Smith who keeps kicking goals and deserves his nickname of ‘The Mailman’. Matt Pemberthy
Fourth XV Win 15 10 It was a slow hard wrestle today against the Churchie Fourths. Early on, the game see-sawed with TGS enjoying the majority of possession. Unfortunately the team was unable to convert during this period, however, Churchie pounced on some poor defense and opened their account. To the boys’ credit, they immediately responded with a five-pointer drawing the game. Edward McDonnell caught the Churchie forwards napping at the breakdown putting the Fourths in the lead. Adrian Irwin once again was outstanding around the breakdown dominating Churchie in defense and attack. He was well supported by Ben Geitz’s dynamic running and Jackson O’Hara’s ruthless defense. Angus Perry showed his full ability today with dominant running, putting the Fourths on the front foot and in attacking position. Despite this, Churchie refused to give in keeping the ball tight and slowly working up the field around the ruck resulting in a late try before the whistle. The win today was a testament to the boys’ patience and willingness to put everything on the line. A hard-fought win. Adrian Irwin
Fifth XV Loss 0 41 Today was always going to be a challenge for the Fifths with only eight regular players available. Everyone who played today either backed-up after a full game for the Sixths or were reserves for the Fourths earlier. To their credit, the boys gave 100% and tried their best until the final whistle. Fatigue and lack of team cohesion made it difficult to gather any momentum throughout the match. Even though Churchie scored seven tries, the defensive effort overall was outstanding with a number of players putting their bodies on the line to protect the try line. Harry Bourne was magnificent at fullback and saved at least four tries with brilliant one-on-one tackles. Co-Captain, Sam Vincent, was man of the match, playing in multiple positions, staying positive and giving his all in both attack and defence. All players did the School proud today. Well done! Sam Vincent
Sixth XV Win 29 20 An interrupted preparation this week with injury, sickness and the ‘Oliver’ production really hampered the team’s structure early on in the first half, allowing Churchie to score an easy try out wide. The Sixths clicked into gear and played well as a team to provide quality ball to Cam Keating and Joe Noble to score a try a piece before halftime. The second half see-sawed back and forth with tries to both teams before Joe Noble ran right through the defense to score his fourth try and seal the victory. Joe Noble
 

16A Win 14  12 A good team finds ways to win ugly and the 16As won ugly against strong opposition. Whilst there were phases where the boys were dominant, lapses in concentration allowed Churchie back into the game. Well-constructed tries to Jasper Smith and George Perry and straight kicking from Angus Clark registered points, and Dougal Gray, Ben Donohoe and Tom Rinaldis secured the player votes.  Dougal Gray
16B Win 22 12 The team knew this was going to be a very tough game against a previously unbeaten side. The aim was to be hard on the ball, win the battle at the breakdown, and control the ball for the greater part of the game. The boys dug in today and achieved each of these aims in grafting out a hard fought 22–12 win and showing a lot of character and tenacity in doing so. Again, all boys played well in a strong fifteen man team effort with standout performances from Charlie Turner, Wil Jauncey , Lachlan Smith and Will Flynn. Well done boys – great effort! Charlie Turner
16C Win 14 12 A very exciting game to say the least. The first half saw the team work extremely hard to defend their line. Churchie were camped in the team’s red zone for the entire half. An incredible effort and test of character for the boys. A 0-0 score at half time was very welcome and with the assistance of a slight breeze in the second half meant an early try for TGS and a 7-0 lead. Churchie responded strongly with two tries and had a 7-12 lead with time almost up. However, with their mateship and never say die attitude, on the last play of the game the 16Cs constructed a length of the field try to take a deserved victory that will be a talking point for many years to come. The boys should be very proud of their efforts. Claude Wilshire Joseph McKee
16D Loss 12 14 A pre-game bus movie viewing of Remember the Titans had the boys fired up and ready to go. After losing the toss the boys were forced to play against the wind which resulted in the team having to defend inside the twenty two metre line for the whole half. The effort and scramble defence shown by the boys was the best the coach had seen in years. As a result, the team went into half time 5-0 up. Sadly in the second half, tackles started to drop off resulting in two quick tries from Churchie. With five minutes to go the boys dug in and managed to score a late try. Unfortunately, time ran out otherwise the team was coming home with a wet sail. Charlie Wagner was player of the game with two tries. Charlie Wagner
 

15A Win 24 17 A blustery but fine day greeted the 15As as they took the field. With a commitment to attack on a narrower front and being more aggressive at the breakdown the team asserted itself from the kickoff. Great work early by the pack, well led by Hamish Muller, saw the team score two very good tries into the wind. This great first ten minutes, easily the best football played all year, stunned the bigger Churchie side and while they did regroup and mount pressure, solid defense minimised the damage and saw the side controlling the game at half time. With the wind behind us, advantage was with the boys from TGS but a poor lineout and some questionable option taking meant the boys couldn’t put the game to bed. Still, a clever clearance by Harry Weir gave the side some breathing space and two more tries saw TGS secure a well deserved and in the end, dominant win. Hamish Muller was a powerhouse in the pack well supported by Nicholas Shannon and Jack Waugh. The backline, especially Kai Rahui and Bailey Skeates were dominant and with Baxter Franey calling the shots this was easily the side’s best performance of the year. Hamish Muller
15B Win 50 0 Another fine performance today by the TGS boys. It is always more challenging to play away but these boys rose to the challenge. The forwards really are putting the defensive training into practice and hitting hard, giving nothing away and this combined with fast line speed shut the attack down. It was the forwards’ day today with five tries, Jack Byrne scored two, with Mitchell Foster, Jack Tranberg and Michael Evans scoring a try each. The dominant hard running is impressive to watch. The backs also joined the party with two tries to Nick Cave and one to Pat McKay. Hunter Austin is able to get quick wide ball to a running forward or to Jack Thompson and Angus Davey on the hunt for the ball. Sensible kicking allowed TGS to control field position and ACGS were never in the hunt. In six games the boys have amassed 277 points for and only 31 points against. Pleasing attack and impressive defense, well done to the boys. Jack Byrne
15C  Win  25 10 The boys were off to another strong start in this game, coming out and scoring quickly. The forwards again dominated the other team with some great structure and even better tackling. The boys improved on last week’s performance by leaps and bounds. The backs were great in being able to turn some ball over by fantastic tackling as well. Support play was the name of the game with multiple offloads and even mauls that left the opposition in tatters. Even though he didn’t score, Man of the Match, Ben Neilson, was everywhere on the field and had some huge hit-ups that had the opposing backline standing on their heels.  Ben Neilson
15D Loss 12 36 This was not the most impressive game to date, but the boys are showing some strong improvement in defence since the start of the season. Powerful performances by Declan Rice, Angelo Ataria and Hamish Cameron; tries to Tom Clark-Dickson and Alex Smith; conversion by Ethan Glover. Tom Clark-Dickson
 

14A Loss 19 26 The wind was howling at Churchie which made for very trying conditions for both teams. Unfortunately,  it appeared as if the team had forgotten to get off the bus. Defensive mistakes allowed Churchie to score some soft tries and put the game out of reach. There were a number of good strong attacking runs and when the ball went wide the team looked dangerous, however; the lack of urgency getting into position to defend or to exploit space meant there were chances left begging. There were too many individuals playing for themselves rather than for the team. This will be a mindset that must change in the last few rounds against some very tough opposition. Jordan Adams
14B Loss 7 40 The TGS team was struck with a few injuries and illnesses this week, however, despite this the 14Bs simply did not turn up to play. Ball retention was ordinary.  The only time they kept the ball for more than three phases, they scored a try. The defense was reasonable around the ruck in early phases, however, could not match Churchie’s attack out wide in later phases. Defense and ball retention will have to improve for the upcoming game against Ipswich. Hugh McDonnell
14C Loss 10 29 Due to illnesses and injuries the 14C TGS team played with six players during the game that had not trained together. Despite this, they started off well by running some good patterns to score a try in the first five minutes of the game to shock Churchie’s larger pack. Churchie hit back with three tries in the first half to go into the break at 5-19. Churchie scored a try early in the second half with TGS rallying shortly after with their own try making the score 10-24 for most of the second half. TGS’s ball retention was ordinary at the first phase giving the ball away to Churchie more than ten times. Defense and ball retention will be the focus of training this week. Gus Storie
14D Loss 10 24 This was a heavily disrupted week with injuries. A special mention to Charlie Armytage, despite his ‘Oliver’ performance that afternoon, still made the trip down to help the team and played a fantastic game. Even though boys were changing positions last minute they turned up and played their best game to date. All the boys were making their tackles and heavily disrupting the Churchie ball. Tries both from long-range came to Allen Li and Oscar Cass. Harry Brimblecombe being the spark of energy he is played a stellar performance despite being the smallest team member at half-back and Darcy Wockner leading by example with strong carries and tackles in a combined Man of the Match performance. The boys now believe that a win is in sight which drives their now much-improved performance every week. A big thank you to the 14C players who voluntarily sat on the bench as injury cover. Darcy Wockner & Harrison Brimblecombe
 

13A  Draw  10  10  TGS brought an improved defensive focus to this match and reaped the rewards, forcing Churchie into numerous turnovers or loose passes as a result of the more aggressive presence.  Within minutes, Jack ‘Serial Pest’ Statton swooped onto one of these fumbled balls and scored.  He was followed to the try line soon after by Zac ‘The Enforcer’ Reddan. Both kicks missed and the score was 10-0 to TGS at halftime.  Thereafter TGS suffered a loss to its momentum through two Yellow Cards.  ACGS scored during this period to have the game poised at 10-5 to the visitors.   Things seemed destined for a gutsy TGS win until a bizarre final phase which saw Churchie awarded nine successive penalties. Churchie subsequently scored in the corner to tie the match.  The boys know they took a moral victory from the experience and I am proud of them for maintaining their collective composure in desperately trying circumstances. Debutant Angus ‘ The Terrier’ Maclean showed he was up to ‘A’ level rugby in a composed display and Jed ‘Tasmanian Devil’ Statham should have his tackling videoed and passed to the Wallabies.  Zac ‘The Enforcer’ Reddan
13B Loss 12 14 The boys this week put into play great structure giving solid control on the game. This started early with Sam Walker being basically pushed over the line by Jack Madigan for a well-constructed try. A good kick for the conversion from near the sideline was only stopped by the uprights. The team repeated the solid efforts with another massive push early in the second half with George Durkin placing the ball giving Harrison Tzannes an easy conversion. Leading 12-0, the team let Churchie in late to lead 12-7. A clearing kick from within our 22 was somehow, even to the boys’ surprise, taken as a full-paced charge-down catch and placed over the line to level the scores. The Churchie kicker deserves credit for managing a pressure conversion in a swirling gale to hand us an unfortunately narrow loss. The boys played really well and should be proud of what they did on the field. Jack Madigan
13C Loss 5 42 With a large portion of the regular team out with sickness or other reasons, several 13D players took to the field for half a game. Thank you very much to these lads for playing and playing well against a good team. Without much ball , during the game the defense was tested time and time again. A special mention goes to Jaxon Irons who scored the only try and to Ben Dight for his defensive efforts, however, Man of the Match had to go to Gus Maher who was tackling anything that moved. Gus Maher
13D Loss 7 49 Another tough day at the office which was not aided by the widespread illness which cannot be helped.  Similar to last week, the team looked quite menacing when they played the game in the opposition’s half however when the ball came into our half, the boys seemed to struggle to make solid tackles.  Defence, whilst still shaky, has improved since the beginning of the season.  Technique can be taught whereas courage comes with time and commitment.  Oliver Reed who was probably the smallest player on the field, is to be commended for showing both technique and courage to bring down boys much bigger than himself.  Tom Green led well as Captain and continues to show great pride in the way he plays for his school.  Charlie Ploetz was also his usual aggressive self in the back row.  A special mention to James Crothers and Jaxon Irons who have had musical commitments this week and who got to bed at 11:00 pm and up again at 5:00 am to head to Brisbane for the game – great commitment boys. Oliver Reed
 

12A Loss 17 33 Despite the loss and a slow start notwithstanding, it was a highly commendable performance by the 12A boys. Three very soft, early tries saw the coach demand accountability from the players and the team finally responded with a galvanised effort. At halftime,  TGS were down 5-19. The boys did just about everything right in the second half. They followed the game plan, the forwards took control and won metres with ‘Turbo’ patterns and an uncompromising commitment to the dominant carry and hammer. The backs followed up with strong, straight running in attack. Tries followed this thorough commitment. An intercept and another long-range, against the grain try by ACGS kept the margin alive unfortunately and 17-33 was the final result. The team were hurt by illness this week and once again the B players who backed up were excellent. Mendoza Hemmer
12B Loss 0 73 Although the boys were disappointed to concede eleven tries to a squad with two feeder teams, they had many positive things to talk about after the match. Today’s game saw a huge increase in hunger to get the ball and keep it in possession. This was especially pleasing with a 45m dominant ball carry by Will Stunden who broke through many players on a charge up the centre of the field and another from William Flynn. Tackling low and strong was another goal and the team provided a strong effort with  Luke Philp, Cameron Apel, Nick Morris, Peter Hurst and Lachlan Sutcliffe performing well. Luke Philp
 

11A  Loss  7 52  Noah Taylor
11B  Draw/Tie  19 19  Bona Roberts

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Round 5 – Brisbane Boys’ College

Team Result TGS Opp Match Summary Man of the Match
First XV Loss 17 22 Once again the team came close to creating a huge upset but again fell agonisingly short. The TGS boys played with plenty of spirit, sticking it to their much fancied BBC opponents. Similar to previous weeks, the boys were able to create plenty of chances but just didn’t seem to be able to finish them off. The team also turned the ball over far too easily and essentially this proved to be a critical aspect of the match. The boys are improving every game and the commitment and determination shown each week can not be faulted. Nathan Carroll
Second XV Win 17 12 Good enthusiasm to start the game, both attack and defence were being carried out effectively, then the boys had a fade out and backed off, allowing BBC to score two easy tries which affected the team’s momentum. After half time the team knew what was required and played with a great intensity, scoring some great tries that shut BBC out of the game. Intensity and mistake rates are areas that the team has been working on and slowly improving. The Second XV is a good team of young men, well done. Joe Hanly
Third XV Win 10 5 This was a loss in the making, the team did everything to try and lose the game but as they say, the cream rises to the top and after some brilliant back play our speedy winger received the ball with space in front of him and ran away over the line to score a try. The fullback stepped up and converted on full time to win the game. This team is developing into something special, but they have to start playing from the kickoff and not leaving it until the last few minutes.  Matt Penberthy and James Buk
Fourth XV Win 17 7 A great game for the Fourth XV today. Once again  decimated by sickness, the team welcomed two new players minutes before kickoff. Big thanks to Hugh McRae and Edward McDonnell for stepping up on short notice. The Fourths were keen to continue their winning form on Old Boys’ Memorial Oval this week, coming out more pumped up than Gus Gould on Origin night. TGS immediately put BBC under pressure, spreading the ball wide. To BBC’s credit, they hung on through the first half keeping themselves in the game. The forwards really stepped up this week with dominant carries, aggressive tackles and tremendous contacts at the breakdown. Duncan Murrell was a stand out here as was Ben Geitz with his sniping runs around the ruck. Despite this dominant play, BBC sneaked in at the beginning of the second half putting themselves in front. In true Fourths’ fashion, the boys kept their composure and came home hard in the second half. Big Will Carty was reminiscent of a barnstorming Gorden Tallis down the sideline, whilst Henry Eadie caught BBC napping at the ruck, scooting down the sideline to put the game beyond doubt. Whilst the team had to adapt the game plan on the run, the boys once again showed an impressive array of skill, heart and tenacity. A great win for the Fourths. Duncan Murrell
Fifth XV Win 57 0 Awesome performance by all players today. Captain, Angus Burge, led from the front with some strong carries, while Hugh McRae steered the team around superbly at flyhalf. Everyone did their job today and should be extremely proud of their efforts. Countless offloads and tremendous support play resulted in nine outstanding team tries. George Sevil, Will Waugh, Hugh McRae and Tom Byrne all crossed for doubles. Mitch Leeson also finished off a slick backline movement to score out wide. Hugh McRae converted five tries and Garisen Tuituri wound back the clock to convert a try with a good old fashion toepoke…Mal Meninga style. Very enjoyable match…..Well done team! Hugh McRae
6th XV No Match

16A Loss 12 19 A disappointing performance, with TGS dominating most stats but failing to capitalise on chances and falling asleep at key times. Try scorers were Finn Campbell and Tom Sullivan. Dougal Gray and Jake Sargood
16B Win 74 0 Another clinical performance today against weaker opposition resulted in a lopsided 74-0 score line. Following a disrupted week of preparation with a lot of player movement due to illness including just prior to the game, the team took to the field with three new faces and some uncertainty about combinations. The team spoke before the game about remaining disciplined and structured. The boys executed the game plan of “keep it simple, do it well” excellently on the field and dominated the game in every aspect. Some terrific tries were scored and the team played solidly as a 15-man unit all game. All three of the new boys had very good games and fitted seamlessly into our team structures which was very pleasing. Again, all boys contributed strongly with standout performances from vice-captain Josh Mettam, James Nixon, Peter Welsh, Captain Ben Horsley and Riley Harm who scored four great tries on the wing. Well done gentlemen. The boys can enjoy the rewards but must remember to bring their best to training this week as the team will be facing much stiffer opposition in Churchie. Josh Mettam
16C Win 35 0 An excellent team effort especially in defence. The forwards had to grind it out the whole game and were very determined to not let BBC cross the line. Man of the Match, Claude Wilshire had numerous dominant carries and was rewarded with three tries. Joseph McKee and birthday boy, Lucio Caso crossed for one try each. Liam Neidler was perfect with the boot with five out of five conversions. Well done lads. Claude Wilshire
16D Supp-Loss 14 22 The theme of the week was, “leave nothing in the tank and give it their all.” With more changes to the lineup than a Lady Gaga concert, the boys knew this one was for hope and heart. Starting strongly again the boys looked good with the ball in hand. However, with a number of penalties conceded the team was on their line defending for the rest of the half with the score 5-0 at half time. With a number of players having a late call up to the Cs due to illness, the boys had to finish the game with the same players who came off. Tries to Lachlan Vary and Tom Coonan in the second half gave the boys a shot but being on the wrong side of a 4-14  penalty count and running out of legs, the boys went down 14-22. The team played really well today and a lot of boys had to play out of position. Nothing can take away the commitment that was shown today. Man of the Match went to Tom Dolzan for being everywhere once again, a real worker in 2017. Tom Dolzan

15A Loss 3 24 Beaten, but by no means disgraced, the 15As played with heart and skill against a physically imposing opposition. The backs were magnificent, ably led by Baxter Franey, they continued to probe for the whole game hoping to expose a crack in the BBC defence. The forwards battled manfully, but unfortunately, the set piece battle did not go their way. With seven minutes to play in the first half the team was leading 3-0 but went into the break 19-3 down, a reflection on how focussed the lads need to be to stay in games at this level. Lapses in concentration have hurt the team in past games and once again it was the undoing of a hard-working unit that is improving every week. Man of the Match went to Nicholas Shannon who was tough and committed to his role today. Nicholas Shannon
15B Win 20 12 The boys knew that this week was going to be a tough game and it did not disappoint. With a number of changes due to illness, the boys had to stay focussed and play the way they train. The first half was a tough physical contest. The boys had to sustain constant pressure from a penalty count that was 12 to 1 against them going into half time. It was a measure of their determination that TGS went into the break only 0-7 down. At the break, the boys focussed on knowing that they had sustained the best of the BBC attack and now it was their turn. The message was clear, focus on the edges, focus the attack on the outside backs and wingers and win the territory battle with good tactical kicking. The effort by the boys was great to watch. Three tries to the backs by going in and around the BBC outside backs saw Charlie Coote, Nick Cave and Luke Litzow take their chances after great lead up work and quick ball by the inside backs. Ryan Hogan took his chance after the boys won a lineout close to their line, went into a driving maul and BBC had nothing, try. BBC slumped, the boys put the foot down and were able to finish the stronger team. Hunter Austin was quick with the ball, Jack Byrne, Cooper Bridgeman and Mitchell Foster kept the forwards moving and there were some great hits from Jack Tranberg to rattle the teeth of BBC. Great effort by the boys, one to remember. Man of the Match was Nick Cave, for his great kicking and tactical awareness. Nick Cave
15C Loss 0 31 A hard fought match, where the boys put up a strong second half with BBC only scoring one try. Their effort and dedication is admirable to say the least. Not only did the boys stay strong throughout the game, they certainly made their presence felt with some fantastic tackling and killer clean outs. Harry Mintram took the lead in the forwards and made multiple second effort plays that put BBC on the back foot. A courageous effort and a hard knock game. Harry Mintram
15D Loss 0 12 A disappointing outcome after a hard fought match. Strong defence by the TGS squad – especially Samuel Dyer, Mattew Allpass and Hamish Cameron – and some powerful runs by Declan Rice and Jarvis Otaola kept the opposition’s score low. Samuel Dyer

14A Loss 0 40 The boys were determined this week to improve on their previous performance. With a couple of changes to the team due to injury and illness, it was going to be interesting to see how the new combinations would work. The BBC team were large and athletic and they showed their intent early in the game. Early defence kept BBC out as well as a couple of good clearing kicks from William Johnston and some solid ball carries by Clancy McPherson.  Late in the half, the heat and the physical toll of constant defending allowed BBC to score two tries and go into the break 0-14. Intensity was to be key in the second half and the TGS boys began well. Unfortunately the speed of the BBC team saw them score a number of tries out wide. The boys continued to tackle and put pressure on their opposition but despite some solid defence causing mistakes, TGS were unable to cross the line for points. Linespeed in defence will be a focus at training this week. Dougal Jakins
14B Loss 31 57 A brace of late intercept tries to centre Mitchell Houldcroft was not enough to bring the 14Bs their second win of the season, but it showed the crowd what could have been against a spirited BBC. It was a tough afternoon for the home team, which played some good structured football only to rue some lapses of concentration. Both sides traded five-pointers during the first half – Ryan Strachan, Daly Guest and Will Te’O all crossing for tries – and at the break, TGS was just seven points off the lead. The second half was spent defending; continuity was hard to come by for Grammar. But Houldcroft’s vision showed that the hosts were intent on making BBC work for its win. In an entertaining match, the scoreline does little to show the grit and determination from TGS. Skipper Thomas Maher and halfback Hugh McDonnell are to be praised for ensuring their troops never gave up. Ryan Strachan
14C Loss 29 31 An excellent game by both teams with the score being very close throughout the whole game. BBC lead 10-19 at the break. Early in the second half Nicholas Pugh broke the line to score a good try. Issac Miles played an excellent second half scoring two tries. TGS had the lead with one minute to go but unfortunately let BBC in for a soft try to win the game. Well done today boys. Nicholas Pugh
14D Loss 10 21 Gut wrenching loss for the 14D men after a grind at 10-17 for most of the game. The boys continued to launch up into the opposition’s face with blistering linespeed. The 14D men had their chances but failed to finish off the tries in the end. Too many mistakes in contact and accuracy with the tackles hurt the team. Allen Li became feared around the field, lining up whoever chose to run at him in a Man of the Match performance. What is most impressive is the boys’ ability to innovate and play fantastic “heads up” rugby. Considering where the team had started in the first week, the boys are definitely on the up in terms of match awareness and skills. Nick Coonan was a shining light in the backs today looking dangerous whenever he had the ball in his hands. ‘The Magician’ Charlie Bradley, continues to surprise teams with his creativity. The enjoyment is coming out in the boys which is shown through their on field performances. Allen Li

13A Loss o 33 Outlined against a cobalt blue winter sky, the Four Horsemen rode again. In dramatic lore they are Famine, Pestilence, Destruction and Death. Their real names are Jack Statton, Jed Statham, Nathan Beci and Zac Reddan and between them, they formed the crest of a Darling Downs cyclone, before which an athletic BBC team were forced to dig very deep on Kent Oval last Saturday.* It is rare to be praised by the victors in GPS Rugby but the BBC coaching panel congratulated the TGS boys effusively for what they described as, “their hardest match this year.” This was an important turning point for a team which has struggled to consistently apply a game plan up against an undefeated side averaging 45 points a game and it is hoped this will direct team efforts in the latter half of the season.   With BBC nervously leading 14-0, the turning point came when stout TGS defence in the defensive quarter saw a turnover become a long sprint downfield but the movement was not finished and BBC turned it to 21-0 when it may have been 14-7.  The improvement in line speed and defence was magnificent and should give the team a lot of belief against Churchie this weekend.

(* With apologies to Grantland Rice)

 Sam ‘Rac Daddy’ Raccanello
13B Loss 5 29 A well played game by the boys in what could be the best performance yet. Whilst the score may not reflect it, the team stood up to whatever was served by BBC with some impressive moves ourselves. A few well constructed plays came very close to points, but it was Harrison Tzannes who was seemingly pushed over the line by half the team. All spectators would agree the boys should be proud of what they did today. Cameron Parkin
13C Loss 0 56 After a terrible way to start the game with Jude Brocherie injuring himself, the boys never really switched into gear. BBC were excellent at the breakdown and despite practising this during the week the boys had no answers. The boys found out it’s very hard to win a game with little possession and several players racked up a large tackle count, with a special mention to Angus Cory who didn’t stop tackling all game. Hopefully the team will get some of their sick players back for next week’s game. Angus Cory
13D Loss 10 51 A hard day at the office for the boys. Unfortunately, the team did not execute what had been practised at training with the defence being the weak link.  Whilst it looked as though the team had BBC’s measure in the forwards, the backline play this week was not as slick as it has been in the past. The boys will not outplay other backlines if they do not commit fully to a tackle as grabbing on to an opponent’s jersey is not going to stop them from going forward. The positives from the game were that many of the forwards really took it to BBC. Strong play and courage were registered from Tom Green, Jaxon Irons, Fred Perry and Man of the Match Charlie Ploetz scored two great tries from the base of the scrum. Special mention also to James Brown who has shown some great improvement in his tackling with one “bone cruncher” late in the game. All in all the boys should learn from this game and look forward to next week’s game. Charlie Ploetz

12A Loss 0 38 The 12A team played a very good game in the first half. Knowing BBC were quick and effective recyclers of the ball at the breakdown, the team’s preparation was focussed on defensive roles around the ruck. TGS chopped low and ‘hunted’ the ball with purpose and this slowed the BBC attack.  Hopefully, the boys have learned that good defensive work keeps them in the game. Despite the home side defending the entire first half in their own end, the boys looked capable and the score was only 0-7 to BBC just before half time. Regrettably, and partly the result of a tough defensive-laden first half, the line speed slowed, the tackles crept high and the ‘hunts’ burned energy pointlessly, attacking too high over the ball. The boys must learn that poor habits are game killers and if you don’t treasure the ball and control your defense, then a good oppostion will control the game. The score blew out to a disappointing 0-38 to BBC. Tully Austin
12B Loss 0 49 A tough day for the 12B lads this week with a large number out with illness. The boys are improving week by week and really impressed at the breakdown this being able to string together a few impressive phases. Lady luck was with our opponents with a few bounces that led to unstoppable tries. The Toowoomba lads played hard to the very end and walked away feeling good about their improvements this week after what really was a tough match. A special mention to Ben Hawkins who reluctantly filled in for scrum half at the last minute and Sam Goldthorpe for some excellent vision from the side of the scrum. Sam Goldthorpe

11A Win 21 19 Well done to the 11A boys today. They hung in the game before scoring on full time to draw the match with the conversion to come. Chance Oates kicked the winning conversion from out wide to give the boys a well-deserved win. The forwards worked hard for each other and played a physical style of rugby. The backs made the most of their opportunities when they came and worked hard in defence. At times, the boys made simple errors that allowed BBC to have the ball but to their credit, the TGS boys defended well and fought hard to get their share of the ball. Good luck next week. Cody Brameld
11B Loss 12 38 A great effort today by the 11B team. BBC has five Under 11 teams and it was a credit to the boys to stay in the game. With the score at 0-26 just after half time, the boys started to make their way back into the game scoring two tries. Some more work on defence this week at training will help the boys. Alex Chicalas

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Round 4 – Brisbane State High School

Team Result TGS Opp Match Summary Man of the Match
First XV Win  40  26 Well done to the TGS boys for notching up the first victory at home this year. It was a difficult week, with a few injuries and some sickness hitting the squad. Sam Stanford had a great day, crossing for three tries, a wonderful achievement. Congratulations also to Jack McGrath and Seaton Siegfried for making their First XV debuts, both had fine games. Full credit to the boys, the BSHS team was big and strong but the team stuck to the game plan to record a great win. The team is  now really looking forward to taking on BBC next weekend. Sam Stanford
Second XV Win 22 12 Good intent from the start both in attack and defense set a positive tone for the day. Against a side whom the boys knew would feed off mistakes, the team played into their hands with unforced errors and good ball pilfering at the breakdown. At half time the team discussed this and picked up the pace of the game. When the boys did this, it was amazing how quickly the team constructed tries and how little the opposition could do to stop the points. The intent and commitment clearly dominated play with good starter plays and excellent lateral passing in the backline to create great opportunities and points. At times the boys would let BSHS back into the game but the boys knew what they are capable of, especially when committed to every facet of play. The team completed a solid win that clearly demonstrated what the boys are capable of doing. Well done, to a team of good young men. Harry Tombs
Third XV Win 47 10 After a disrupted week of training due to injuries in higher teams, the team ended up with five new players unfamiliar with the structure and this showed in the first half. The boys tried to play ‘razzle dazzle’ footy which doesn’t suit the team. After a gentle reminder about the team identity and what they are capable of, the boys started to play to a structured game plan and the tries started to flow. The boys began to play to their abilities and turned on a great spectacle with tries coming from set moves and well-structured footy. The new boys fitted in well and the whole team lifted. At times white line fever appeared but the second half was great to watch. Once again it was hard to separate our best players but Angus Stokes at scrumhalf was outstanding with his control of the forwards and service to the backs, as was Matt Penberthy in his first game back from injury this season. The boys will learn a lot from this week’s game and will only get stronger. Angus Stokes and Matt Penberthy
Fourth XV Supp-Win 41 5 The Fourths’ preparation for today’s game was less than ideal. Due to illness and injury, boys were required to step into a range of positions and to trust in each other and the basic structures played by the TGS Opens teams. As a team, the boys knew they had to defend dominantly and keep the ball in hand in attack. Playing Gregory Terrace is always a hard game and the boys were prepared for a physical and intense encounter. The boys had additional motivation today and that was to play for their close mate Harry Cottle. The team spoke about this and agreed to put it all on the line today for him. The team started strongly with dominant forwards’ carries and contacts, finished superbly by the backs. Early tries to Justin McCall and Tom Phipps put TGS in lead and the team never looked back. As the game progressed it became clear that Justin had the ball on a string, resulting in entertaining running rugby with an assortment of tries to Flynn Eadie. The Fourths played as a team and were impressive across all areas of the field today. A great result. Justin McCall
Fifth XV Supp-Win 12 0 A Queensland Maroons like performance by the Fifths. Due to illness and injury, a number of players had to play in unfamiliar positions….but who would have known? The attacking structure and try line defence throughout the match were outstanding against a very strong Churchie team. Jack Robinson finished off one of the tries of the season after superb lead-up play created space out wide. Edward McDonnell also ducked and weaved under the Churchie forwards to dart 30 metres to score next to the posts. Special mention to Garisen Tuituri and Timothy Zuyderwyk for backing up from the Sixths game, both boys were outstanding. The TGS warcry was loud and proud……Sensational! Edward McDonnell & Angus Burge
Sixth XV Supp-Draw 22 22 It was a scrappy match today against GT. In the first half, the Sixths lacked structure and dropped too much ball. The second half was a complete turnaround with multiple phases of play and patience in attack, leading to some improved passages. A great defensive effort late in the game prevented GT’s late surge. Fantastic tries to Fraser Stewart (2), Baker Harms and Lane Hewett were certainly match highlights. Timothy Zuyderwyk made great metres every time he ran the ball and was strong in defence to earn Man of the Match honours. Tim Zuderwyk

16A Win 29 0 A much better performance from the boys today, sticking to their structures when needed and then playing open rugby when the opportunity presented. Tries were recorded by George Perry, Jasper Smith, Jake Sargood, Nick Simpson and Allister Cameron. Allister capped a good day with the Players’ Player vote, with Tim Faingaanuku celebrating his first game as hooker with the top votes for the forwards. Allister Cameron
16B Win 56 0 The boys put on a good display of disciplined football today against significantly weaker opposition than encountered in the past two outings. The team played well-structured rugby in the first half, scoring six tries and went to the break 34-0 up. In the second half the boys continued to dominate, however; for a brief period the team dropped its intensity and turned over the ball too often with some poor discipline. To the boys’ credit, they recovered nicely and finished the game strongly with another four well-constructed tries. Again, the boys were aggressive and dominant at the breakdown, created and capitalised on opportunities and worked well as a fifteen man unit to build pressure and put on points. All the boys had solid games and contributed well on and off the ball. Everyone can be proud of the efforts today with Will Barry, Charlie Turner, Thomas Kelk and the halves pairing of Lachlan Smith and Louis Johnston performing particularly well. Another great effort – well done! Will Barry
16C Supp-Win 27 7 A very well constructed win by the lads today. The team controlled and at times dominated the ruck to assure themselves the ball that helped secure the field position to have some fun on the opposition’s try line. The backs took advantage of this possession and ran in four tries. Riley Harm crossed for two, Matt Littleproud and Joseph McKee one each while the lone forward try went to the Man of the Match recipient, Peter Welsh. Very good job today lads. Peter Welsh
16D Supp-Loss 0 25 The opposition played good rugby and unfortunately, the boys didn’t play to the same standard. There will be a big week of training ahead to deal with the inconsistencies. Marco Zuccoli-Handley

15A Loss 21 25 Three tries in the first half to Brisbane State High School was evidence of their talent and the amount of possession that they enjoyed. The TGS coaches were not concerned because they knew that the TGS lads just needed some ball. An intercept try to BSHS late in the half hurt the team and would ultimately prove our undoing. Three converted tries in the second half to Will Purcell, Alex Allum-Henson and Kai Rahui illustrated how good the TGS backline can be with quality ball going forward. All three tries were converted by ‘Mr Depenable’ Finley Whittle. Unfortunately, the wheels fell off with four minutes left to play and the boys started to make the sort of mistakes that have marred the team’s performances to date. BSHS scored another try that torpedoed the boys’ hopes of a victory. Jack Waugh had his best game this season but Will Purcell on the wing was the team’s best. Will Purcell
15B Win 59 0 The entertainers were back on the paddock today. The boys managed to starve BSHS of most of the possession in the first half. The forwards made BSHS work very hard in defence as they pounded the line. The backs continued the game plan of shifting the ball and hitting the line straight. This strategy and a sensible kicking game allowed Angus Davey, Macca Adamson and Nick Cave to cross the line for tries. Hunter Austin showed his skill in getting quick ball to his backs and pushing the forwards to make space and keep their feet when going forward. The forwards took all their chances today. Michael Evans was everywhere with four tries. Tries also went to Zac Matherson and Jack Byrne who is stepping up with every game. Ryan Hogan was on target today with seven conversions. The team has spoken about the areas that will be worked on as a team at training to take the ball more into contact and control the pace of the game. Tactical kicking to put the opposition under pressure in their own half was quite positive. The team has put a great deal of focus on defence at training and the boys showed again that they can take the pressure, not panic and keep the opposition scoreless. There is great spirit in this team and they grow better with every game. Well done boys. Michael Evans
15C Supp-Win 46 7 Solid and committed was the name of the game today, with all boys putting in the hard yards to come out on top with a confident win. Another crushing performance from the forwards devasted the opposition, with solid defense and even better running, led by Dewald Geldenhuys, who smashed his way over for two tries. The backs, like piranhas in the Amazon, jumped on any loose ball and tore up the opposition with ferociousness and lightning speed. There was a definite stand out today and he was everywhere, channelling his inner beast.  That man was Adriaan Lamprecht who led the tackle count by a staggering twelve tackles and stole the ball on countless occasions. He was like a hot blade through butter, cutting the defense almost too easily. All players agreed on Adriaan being the player of the match for not missing a tackle. A top effort from all. Adriaan Lamprecht
15D Supp-Win 34 12 A terrific effort by the boys, stepping up their pace and showing their ability to run structured plays. Strong runs by Christopher McKechnie, Aidan Hely and Cameron Dean, along with fierce tackles by Sam Dyer and Ben Neilson, ensured the win. Tries were scored by Christopher McKechnie, Tom Beil, Hamish Cameron (covering half the field at top speed) and Lachie Bignell. Well played by all. Christopher McKechnie

14A Loss 0 40 The team started strongly, dominating the possession and defending well against a big athletic side. Unfortunately, BSHS crossed for two tries late in the first half, leaving the boys regretting not finishing off a couple of scoring opportunities. The team needed to step up the pressure after the break if they were to rein in BSHS. The BSHS team exploited some defensive weaknesses out wide and with the speed the outside backs possessed, the score began to mount up. The boys began to drop their heads and allowed the BSHS team run away with the game. There were some tough performances from forwards Sam Paine, Sam Anderson, Logan Gray and Ronin Austin. Training this week will focus on outside defense and the ability to get into an attacking shape when fatigued. Sam Paine
14B Loss 19 31 The 14Bs came up against an outfit with a clear size advantage, but the Toowoomba Grammar School team didn’t back down from the fight. Having conceded a try early to the visiting Brisbane State High School team, the hosts hit back through prop Will Bailey. Will backed up the five-pointer with his second of three, a chip and chase down the left flank which will be a sure contender for try of the year. Fullback Daly Guest converted two tries. The match was a see-sawing affair for the first 45 minutes – most of the BSHS tries came through some porous defense around the ruck. The performance in the last ten minutes let the home team down, but there has been certain improvement week-to-week. Will Bailey, Max Schutt, Hugh McDonnell
14C Supp-Loss 0 62 Gregory Terrace did exactly what Nudgee did last weekend and showed the spectators how to take advantage of using size and speed to dominate the 14C team. The TGS boys were competitive in the first five minutes, however; after this, they simply fell off tackles or showed no interest in putting in a reasonable effort to tackle the bigger GT players. The half time score was 0-29. The GT team scored another five tries in the second half to cruise home to a 0-62 win. Once again tackling practice will be one o the aims in next week’s training.  Matt Anderson
14D Supp-Loss 10 48 The 14D boys decided that they no longer wanted to be the “easy” team. They all made the decision to play with some intensity and aggression and that is exactly what they did. The TGS boys were always going to be outsized, however; they had some aggression with their tackling and ruck work. Our first try came from a great display of heads up rugby through Charlie Bradley with a well-placed box kick over the defensive line which was well chased by Harry MacLean to put it in the corner. Henry Reardon tore through the defensive line from a tap untouched with mesmerising footwork. With a try for the ages, he seemed to have borrowed the footwork of Quade Cooper and stepped the entire GT forward pack who stood bemused as Henry made quick work of the fullback as well. Whilst the scoreline was not favourable, the effort is certainly present. The boys will be working hard at training in a further effort to minimise the points scored against the team. Henry Reardon

13A Loss 0 58 A friend who is the parent of a BSHS 13B player and a very experienced Rugby League coach stood with me and watched the opening stanza of the 13A match. After seven minutes he turned to me and said, “Geez, we’re in for a game today.” Bizarrely, it was almost as if this statement signalled the end of our good initial efforts to follow the game plan and the team were mostly relegated to responding to BSHS initiatives for the rest of the game. Linespeed and talk in defence which we saw working for us in bursts against NC, disappeared from our repertoire. An unwillingness to tackle around the legs saw the score blow out. When the team decides it wants to play as it trains, we can achieve some positive results this year.  If the team needs to find an inspiration, they need look no further than the lion hearted Dylan ‘Dazzle’ Locke who brought down opponents three times his size because his attitude is always to serve the team to the best of his ability. Dylan ‘Dazzle’ Locke
13B Loss 5 10 Against a team with a clear size advantage and seven subs for fresh legs, the boys were up for the hard task. The 13Bs held really good structure for the majority of the game keeping most BSHS advances in check. The line speed was intimidating and the team were handed the ball from the opposition a few times. A nice build in play saw Mac Flegler get over the mark. However, the boys let opportunities pass by which just can’t happen in tight matches. Well played by the boys. Josh Healy
13C Supp-Loss 10 46 After a slow start against a strong GT side, the lads clawed their way back and dominated the second half to trail, 5-19, with the game in the balance. Unfortunately, the boys let GT get on a roll and couldn’t get back in the game. Well done to Harrish Mahendran who scored a typical barging front rower try. Congratulations also to Gabriel Morse for not only scoring a try but saving a couple as well, in a great Man of the Match performance. Gabriel Morse
13D Supp-Loss 7 17 A courageous effort from all the boys in the 13Ds. The game plan to use good line speed ensured that the boys were in the game right until the end. There was some tremendous work from Jaxon Irons, Lawson Herbert, Angus Cory and Tom Green in the forwards. Sam Lyons was excellent in leading the backline. Well done to the boys on a gutsy effort, the team can look forward to more improvement in the weeks to come. Sam Lyons

12A Win 17 12 The 12As enjoyed a hard-earned win today in a gritty contest. It was pleasing to see the boys grow in confidence and aggression as the game continued and to stay focused and disciplined when things went against them. The focus was the low tackle and dominant ball carry and the boys maintained momentum when this was done well. Five players stepped up from the 12B squad to fill the vacancies left by Darling Downs representative players and they are to be commended for their efforts. Bud Smith
12B Supp-Loss 12 31 The TGS boys started slowly this morning and were down by four tries in the first twenty minutes. At this point a hunger for the ball took over and the boys were keen to show what they could do. Having a try disallowed in the dying minutes of the first half only made the team more hungry. Taking to the field in the second half a revitalised team, TGS were able to put two balls over the line thanks to William Stunden and Peter Hurst. An excellent effort to fight back could not quite find the line at the end. George Travers
11A Supp-Loss 17 27 The boys started the game well and led at half time. The forwards were rolling down the park and the backs were given some room to play. The second half saw a committed GT team turn the game and the boys tried to play through the middle and lost their way. The TGS boys tried hard to the end and will be better next week against BBC. Fergus Walker
11B Supp-Win 34 7 Congratulations to the 11Bs who worked well as a team to defeat GT. They bounced back after a heavy defeat last week and played well as a unit. The support play was much better and the low tackle has improved across the first month of games. Good luck to the boys next week against a strong BBC outfit. Henry Marsden

 

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Round 3 – Nudgee College

Team Result TGS Opp Match Summary Man of the Match
First XV Loss 14 17 This was a disappointing result for the boys who definitely had the best of the match. The breakdown was outstanding and the team really stood up here. Plenty of opportunities were created, however,  execution was just not good enough on the day to capitalise. The boys deserve a massive pat on the back for this performance. After suffering a heavy loss the week prior, to be able to bounce back well shows great character and resilience. Obviously, there are improvements that need to be made so the team will be working hard at training to ensure another good performance this week against BSHS. Ronin Hassall
Second XV Loss 12 29 Prior to the game the team had spoken about not making errors and the week’s training was centred around working hard and making minimal mistakes. Unfortunately, this all went out the window from the start and the boys gave NC very easy ground through poor defence and multiple errors. Towards the end of the first half, the team started to play and the forwards made strong gains through the middle. Half-time was a chance to address the problems, particularly in defence but it was too late in the end, the horse had bolted. Nudgee were not a 29 point side, the team let them be. There were some very good passages of play from the boys throughout, the team must now start again and understand the importance of being switched on from the start. The team is a good side that needs to be mentally strong when under heavy pressure. Good effort men, go again. Sam Johnston
Third XV Win 20 12 The boys started slowly, missing tackles and running too high.  Nudgee took advantage of the lack of respect for the ball and scored early to go up 0-5. A penalty within kicking range put the team back in the game, 3-5. A tight struggle with both teams refusing to yield saw the boys again awarded a penalty within kicking range and Lachlan “The Postman” Smith delivered the team three points and the lead 6-5 going into half-time. A brief talk and readjustment to the team’s defensive line and the boys were back into the tussle. The forwards were outstanding in both attack and defence. The number of times boys dragged themselves off the deck to make another tackle was a testament to the character this team is developing. One well-worked backline move that opened up Nudgee saw Ollie Bierhoff go over, with the try converted.  With fifteen minutes left, the boys dug deep but with five minutes to go Nudgee skipped a tackle and went over for a converted try.  We were still up 13-12. A lucky call from the referee got the team over the halfway line and hot on the attack again.  A bad pass from Nudgee gained the boys more ground and then a piece of brilliance from Matthew Price saw him jackal a ball and stroll over for another converted try.  In the end, a well-deserved win.  James Buk and Ollie Bierhoff
Fourth XV Loss 10 19 It was a difficult day out for the Fourths. The boys started hungrily and applied some great pressure early in the game scoring the first points for the day. However, Nudgee immediately responded scoring between the posts. From then on the game became an arm wrestle with both teams trying to gain the upper hand. Unfortunately, as the game wore on the boys became tired and suffered a number of injuries to integral members of the team. Unlike previous games, possession could not be converted into points and the team struggled to maintain the defensive line. Max Mason once again showed his attacking prowess and dominant running, consistently breaking the defensive line and taking the team forward. The reserves did a stellar job today and big thanks go to; Howard Litzow, Hugh McRae, Henry Eadie, Angus Perry and Lachlan Grigg for their efforts. The boys should also be commended for their patience and impressive conduct despite what was going on around them. I’m sure the boys will be keen to rectify today’s disappointment and will come back stronger next week. Max Mason
Fifth XV Loss 0 15 It was a beautiful Brisbane day, not a cloud in the sky, however, it was raining penalties on Wilkes Oval. Eighteen penalties in total made it difficult for either side to gain any momentum. It was a very frustrating match for the Fifths today. Poor ball control, numerous penalties (thirteen conceded) and costly turnovers at the breakdown helped Nudgee control the match. James Lahey tried hard all day in both attack and defence to earn Man of the Match honours. The Fifths will be looking to bounce back next week. Attacking structure and getting numbers to the breakdown will be a focus this week at training. James LAHEY
Sixth XV Loss 24 27 The Sixths started off on the wrong foot with some soft defence out wide letting a couple of tries in. The boys fought their way back into the game with some well-constructed phases and a try to Jack Brandon to go to the half-time break down by five. With quality ball early in the second half and Joe Noble terrorising the NC defence with two great tries, the boys’ confidence was high going into the back end of the game, although poor exit strategies in the team’s half allowed the Blue and White to score at will. A late try from Lane Hewett and solid defence from Harry Bourne was not enough to claim the win. Harry Bourne
 

 

16A Loss 5 21 Another game that slipped from the boys’ grasp today. They were able to match Nudgee in all facets of the game. Two lucky bounces from kicks saw Nudgee cross for two of their three tries and the boys were disallowed a try that certainly appeared good. The team needs to be more confident in their structures which are good enough to see them prevail over any opposition. The team’s defence, breakdown work and lineouts (both offensive and defensive) were much better this week. Finn Campbell celebrated his recall to the A team with a try and Jasper Smith indicated his promotion was warranted with his strong showing. Jasper Smith
16B Loss 19 24 After a slow start to the game and several fundamental errors, the team found themselves 0-14 down and under pressure after just ten minutes. With minimal possession or territory for the remainder of the first half, the boys defended wonderfully and fought hard to reduce the deficit to 7-14 at half-time with a fine try to Mitchell Schneider just before the break. In the second half, the boys came out firing and scored a very good try to Josh Mettam on the back of solid ball control and disciplined multi-phase attack. Another fine conversion from Captain Ben Horsley saw the team level the scores ten minutes into the second half. The game then became a very tight contest with both sides playing well-structured rugby. In a see-saw battle, Nudgee crossed again and the boys rallied once more to construct another great try to Mitchell Schneider. With the score locked at 19-19 the last five minutes was always going to come down to who took their opportunities best. Unfortunately, on the day Nudgee prevailed in the final moments after mounting sustained pressure on the TGS line. Nonetheless, everyone in the team lifted to a new level this week. Of particular note was the backrow of Josh Mettam, James Nixon and Charlie Turner who were outstanding at the breakdown all game. This was a fine game of rugby and the boys can hold their heads high despite the result not going the way of TGS. Well done boys! James Nixon
16C Loss 5 31 Despite the score, today’s game against Nudgee was very hard fought and one the team should be very proud of. The team worked tenaciously in defence and the opposition knew they were in for a very tough encounter. The half-time score of 0-14 was pegged back to 5-14 shortly after the restart and stayed that way for a lot of the second half with Nudgee scoring tries late. The game was in the balance until the heat and fatigue took the edge off a wonderful TGS effort. Hendrik Van Aswegen
16D Loss 5 29 With the Nudgee side not losing a game in three years the boys knew this was going to be a tough game.  A 5-0 lead after 10 minutes was well deserved and the boys were keen to continue this dominance. To the true form of Nudgee, they simply stepped it up a gear and the team couldn’t match the change in intensity. The boys should be proud of how they never gave up. Man of the Match was Jack Kennedy who didn’t miss a tackle and created attacking opportunities. Jack Kennedy
  

 

15A Loss 13 27 A willingness to roll up their sleeves and get on with the job at hand saw the 15A forwards blast the opposition at the breakdown and ensure that the team recycled ball going forward for 45 minutes in an entertaining game. Discipline, lacking in previous weeks, was replaced by a desire to work hard in all facets of the game in an effort to improve the overall team performance. These boys showed up to play. Nudgee were big and fast, but a biased opinion would say that the TGS forwards shaded theirs, with Lincoln Adams and Finley Whittle leading the way. Only Finley is listed on the Man of the Match list, but Lincoln’s effort to clean up loose ball, hit breakdowns, carry with purpose and prove repeatedly that he can tackle front on was impressive.  In the words of Coach Herbert, “Lincoln, you’ve set a standard that you have to meet in the future”. Jack Waugh and Nicholas Shannon were pleasing with improved performances. Because of the go forward ball provided by the forwards, Wilson Cochrane had his best game so far as a 15A halfback; sniping and directing traffic. Watch this space as the season progresses because nobody works as hard on their game as Wilson. The best back on the day was Will Purcell who was up against a Nudgee speed merchant. Will never lost heart against a player who had some wheels, and he did hurt the team with multiple tries, but Will kept on attacking when given the opportunity with some great results that saw the boys in the match until five minutes from time when Nudgee scored an outstanding try out wide. The TGS boys were not beaten despite being 13-27 down, dominating possession and territory in the last five minutes but alas, the new attacking brains were forgotten and the old ways took over. Another try would have been reward for a great game, but the team came second to a team that deserved to be victorious. Massive improvements in the 15A’s have been noted and they will get better. Finley Whittle
15B Win 31 12 What a fantastic game of rugby, between two teams who both wanted to win. The boys know defence will win games and they proved that again today. The first half was a real tussle, with both teams going into half-time 12 all. The team focussed a lot at training about structure, patience and taking space and the boys showed they can win the tight tough games. Charlie Coote led the charge on the opposition try line with two tries in the first half. Both from creating space and shifting the ball amongst the backs. A sensational try to Angus Davey, from an inside ball running the angle put the team back in front in the second half. Mitchell Foster and Ryan Hogan showed footwork and determination to both reach the line and put the game out of reach for Nudgee. Clever kicking by Nick Cave kept Nudgee in their own territory and on the back foot. The forwards have learnt they must keep the attack straight, be absolutely determined, keep backing up and take opportunities. The team started determined and finished strong, the fitness work at training is paying dividends.  A great team effort and a well-deserved win. Well done to the boys. Angus Davey
15C Loss 5 12 A climactic rugby match that saw both teams fight for every ball and contest every breakdown. A hard hitting, fast paced match where the men from TGS stood up and gave it their all. Alex Smith ran some fantastic lines and Dewald Geldenhuys carried multiple Nudgee players on his back every time he held the ball. Luke Litzow again showed his strength with some inconceivable footwork and unmatched speed. The forwards, like lions taking down their prey, thrashed the opposition ruck and were led, through ‘beast like’ cleaning out from John Hurst who was everywhere. Adriaan Lamprecht, destroyed the souls of his opposition making multiple bone crunching tackles that had Nudgee scared to even attempt to run it around the ruck. An amazing game really and the team were unlucky to come away with a loss. There is work to be done this week though, with a few minor errors gifting tries to Nudgee. A courageous effort from all involved. John Hurst
15D Loss 7 35 An excellent game that saw the boys stepping up and working together well.  After a series of effective plays by the back line and a brilliant try by Angelo Ataria, the boys reached half-time with a tied result. The second half was challenging, but strong runs by Dan Debney and Tulloch Lowe kept the margin low. Sam Pegler
 

14A Loss 0 32 This was a disappointing loss for the 14A team considering how well the boys had trained during the week. Nudgee worked much harder off the ball than the TGS team, they got into position earlier which gave them great attacking options. The boys have learnt a tough lesson about urgency in defence and intensity in attack. Strong carries from Sam Anderson and Sam Paine and some tough defensive work from Sam Apel and Sam Newton on the wings were not enough to control the dominance of the Nudgee team. The boys will regroup and focus on aggression at the breakdown, tackle technique and work off the ball at training this week in anticipation of a tough match against BSHS this coming weekend. Sam Anderson
14B Loss 0 58 The 14Bs had a tough trip to Nudgee, on the back foot from the beginning. Nudgee’s size and speed were on show from the first whistle; the home side humbling TGS by scoring a try directly from the kick-off. In the first half, defence was porous and disorganised – a lack of communication the main contributor to this. There were moments of what could be – Max Schutt and Daly Guest combining to slice through the opposition centres – but the highlights were hard to come by without the ball. Although cliched, the half-time meeting was all about showing character and pride for the jersey and that is what the boys did, throwing everything at their bigger rivals in an effort to stay in the game for the duration. The 50-minute effort was commendable; but the hosts, with their tails up, were able to counter everything the Blue and Gold threw at them. Man of the Match, flanker Ryan Strachan was industrious until the end. Ryan Strachan
14C Loss 0 37 Nudgee showed the U14 spectators how to take advantage of using size as a strategy once they realised the TGS boys were not determined to tackle anyone bigger than themselves. The TGS boys had a disruptive week of training, losing four players unable to play. The Nudgee boys ran on with eight rather large players that by far out- matched and dominated our three biggest players; Storie, Black and Armytage. Regardless of this, the TGS boys simply fell off tackles or showed no interest in putting a reasonable effort to tackle the bigger Nudgee players. The half-time score was 30 nil. After a stern earful from their coach at half-time, the TGS boys showed some pride by keeping the Nudgee boys to only 7 points in the second half. Tackling practice will be one of the aims in our next  training session. Matt Anderson
14D Loss 0 66 Within the first minute of the game, Nudgee scored what became a barrage of tries. Nudgee came to realise very quickly that they had the upper hand against a TGS team who on the day failed to front up to the Nudgee boys and allowed them to run untouched. In light of all this, a positive came from man of the match Matt Anderson who, despite being on the losing end of the score, never allowed himself to give up. His never say die attitude is one all of the 14D boys can aspire to for their next match.  Matt willingly backed up for the 14C team and played himself to a stand still. The 14D boys can learn a big lesson on the level of aggression and intensity required to play the game competitively. All this begins with an old cliche of, “train how you want to play”. Matt Anderson
13A Loss 5 19  The 13As have wonderful potential but this was dashed against a NC team which clinically stuck to a simple game plan. Until the team is prepared to own their on field performances by individually taking responsibility for playing their role in every phase of the game and applying a clearly stated game plan, they will continue to have results like this.  Jack ‘Serial Pest’ Statton
13B Loss 0 29 Up against a notoriously tough team who had recorded comfortable wins against teams who had beaten the 13B team this season, this was always going to be a task. However, the boys proved to be up for the fight. Whilst the score did not reflect it, the match was well contested with both teams showing excellent structure. Well done boys for a game well played.  Jack Madigan
13C Loss 19 55 In a great competitive game, both teams had three tries just after half-time. Unfortunately, both the heat and the team’s fitness levels let Nudgee run away with the game and the final result was not a true reflection of how close the game was. Well done to Kai McLoughlin for a great defensive effort and congratulations to Heath Loughnan for a fantastic effort scoring three tries, showing great speed and stepping skills. Overall a good team effort that is promising for the games coming up. Heath Loughnan
13D Loss 0 78 Nudgee is always a tough match especially when they have the home ground advantage.  The team warmed up well but still had some “bus legs” on the field in the first ten minutes.  The boys did hit their straps in late in the first half but unfortunately, Nudgee’s superior play at the breakdown and our lack of commitment to a strong tackle saw the score start to blow out.  The Nudgee side was definitely physically bigger than the TGS team but, to their credit, they were just as big in the commitment department, which was spoken about at half time.  This game was a great learning curve for the boys, making a big commitment when playing against a bigger team is not easy in U13.  The boys did try to commit to tackles and the breakdown but it simply wasn’t enough.  From what has been seen at training, the boys have the makings of a fine team.  Training this week will focus on being more physical and making dominant tackles.  Both Lawson Herbert and Angus Cory were willing participants at the breakdown, in tackling and in general showing that size does not always matter. Lawson Herbert and Angus Cory
 

12A Loss 0 62 It became a very tough game for the 12As.  The boys didn’t match the intensity at the breakdown and commitment to the low tackle was lacking for most of the game. That said, NC was a very big strong team which dominated with their ball carry. For the team, possession was scarce and unfortunately, the boys did not get a chance to show what they are capable of with the ball in hand. The boys have seen how tough the GPS competition can be and they must emerge from the disappointment of the game and be inspired by what can be, motivated to be better. Tully Austin
12B Loss 0 97 The boys were given a masterclass in Rugby today by a well-drilled Nudgee team. To their credit, the young men from TGS didn’t drop their heads and played hard to the final whistle. Special mention to Man of the Match Will Stunden for his excellent effort tackling right to the end. William Stunden
11A Loss 12 24 The boys tackled and attacked well throughout the game. Nudgee was just too good at converting pressure into points and were able to record the win. Training this week will focus on defending effectively at the breakdown and attacking weaknesses in opposition teams. Archer Black
11B Loss 5 78 The Nudgee team were too strong across the field. Credit to the team for never giving up even though they were completely outclassed. Training this week will focus on improving all facets of the team’s game. Jim MacDonald

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