Toowoomba Grammar School

Toowoomba Grammar School v Downlands College

Team Result Score Match Outline MoM
1st XV Win 50-16 The boys were pumped for the game and didn’t disappoint. While Downlands were able to hurt us a few times, we controlled the game right from the opening whistle. Dougal Gray was voted as the Player of the Match by the TGS Old Boys, while Ronin Hassall, George Perry, and Lachie Martyn also had strong performances. A great way to start the season. Dougal Gray
2nd XV Win 57-0 Strong start with game structure providing a solid platform to construct tries. Forwards were very good providing clean ball for the backs. Our go-forward was very strong as was taking the ball to the line. The intent was not to descend to a “rabble” which kept our focus for the entire match. Great tries scored, good team effort by the boys.    Will Barry
3rd XV Win 64-0 The 3rd XV were very keen for the first game of the season. The boys started strongly with two early tries but lacked structure and teamwork in the first half. Although we led 19-0 at the end of the first half, the team was not happy with their discipline and were determined to finish the game strongly. To the boys’ credit, they implemented our structures and patterns with great success in the second half, demonstrating some exciting running rugby and really dominating the opposition across all aspects of the game. Ben Horsley was impressive with the boot and Willem Baines directed the forwards well around the park. Strong dominant running by James Nixon and Lachlan Gourley ensured we received front-foot ball. Isaac Burgoyne punished the opposition around the ruck frequently stealing ball and regaining possession for the team. Overall it was a great game by the 3rd XV and hopefully a sign of things to come for the season ahead.   Isaac Burgoyne

16A Win 46-7 A pleasing performance from the boys today, where they played their structures well and this ground the opposition out of the contest. Downlands were able to convert an intercept into their only points for the match. Hopefully, the boys will see that they can play attractive and entertaining rugby within our structures and this will be a launchpad for a disciplined and successful season. George Wunsch
16B Win 53-0 The boys started their season strongly today with a dominant 53-0 victory over Downlands in a great display of disciplined, structured rugby. From the outset our forward pack punched holes in the Downlands defence with strong carries and aggression on ball, providing a solid platform for our backs to attack from out wide. Our back row of Nicholas Shannon, Jack Tranberg and captain and MVP Jack Byrne, were outstanding at the breakdown and solidly supported by the rest of the forwards who worked tirelessly as a unit all game. Pleasingly, most of our 9 tries were scored by the forwards in the first half as a result of their efforts. In the second half the game opened up and the backs combined well in their first outing to score some well-constructed tries on the back of the quick front foot ball provided by our pack. Patrick McKay and Dan Brown both had strong games and were rewarded with tries. In general, it was a great, disciplined team effort which all boys are to be commended for. Despite this, there are a number of things we need to work on. At times we were too slow to use the quick ball we generated and squandered opportunities to spread the ball quickly and play expansively. This will be a particular point of focus at training this week. Well done boys on a great start!   Jack Byrne

15A Win 31-14 Great start where we dominated all facets of play. Two good tries to Will Bailey and Patrick Doran should have laid a platform for the rest of the game. However, we allowed ourselves to believe that it was going to be easy. Poor decisions and avoidable turnovers where we tried to offload in traffic meant that Downlands were able to mount pressure and score late tries in the first half and beginning of the second. This led us to reflect that we were going to have to work for a positive result. Hugh Andreas started to do what he does best; cart the ball up straight and hard. That really turned the game in our favour. Another try to Will Bailey and further tries to Hugh Andreas and Sam Newton blew the score out at the death. However, Downlands showed up to play and if they had had 15 players on the field for the full game, the result could have been much more tight. Best players were Sam Paine, Logan Gray and Sam Anderson, with Clancy McPherson putting in a massive effort in the backs. Logan Gray
15B Win 50-10 Good first hit out for the boys. Forwards led the way with 5 tries and the backs finished off some moves with three tries. We need to toughen our determination to keep the opposition scoreless when close to our line. Two soft tries let Downlands get on the scoreboard. We will also focus on foot speed and putting the ball in front of the receiver as we lead into round two of the GPS competition. Nicholas Boyce

14A Win 33-22 The TGS team scored first and were determined to keep up the intensity. However; Downlands replied soon after with their own try and demonstrated their determination to make the TGS boys work hard for possession. Poor discipline in defence and lazy ball carries allowed Downlands to apply pressure and force errors. With a poor decision resulting in a yellow card, Downlands were able to take the lead. The boys managed to work to their strengths and eventually came away with the win. Downlands competed extremely well at the breakdown and this is something that the team will need to work on this week at training.     Oliver Chaffey
14B Win 48-0 In a highly entertaining contest, the men of TGS proved too big and strong for their opposition from Downlands College. After racing to a 10-0 lead early in the first half courtesy of tries to Toby Evans and Jack Madigan, TGS gave away 9 penalties in the lead up to half time, resulting in a yellow card to Thomas Cocks. However, they were resilient enough to keep Downlands scoreless. After doing the tough defensive work before halftime, the second half was dominated by TGS in an excellent display of running rugby. Try scorers in the second half included Clancy Black, Flynn Taylor, Ben Dight, Zack Lane and Toby Evans who finished the match with a personal tally of 23 points with 3 tries and 4 conversions. Congratulations to Jack Madigan who received Man of the Match honours for his dominant and skilful display. This determined group of young men look forward to their next challenge against Ipswich Grammar School next weekend.   Jack Madigan

13A Win 22-15 Downlands dominated early scoring two tries down the right wing. The 10-0 lead was coupled with some good ball movement from the hosts, but TGS stayed in the contest with some dogged defence. A pair of tries to No. 8 George Bailey allowed the team back into the contest. A try to William Nason gave the visitors the lead only for it to be extended by 5 when Bailey crossed for his third. Fullback Nick Saal was excellent in defence, making sensational cover tackles. Overall a hard-fought win. Nick Saal
13B Win 26-12 A strong start by our boys both set the standard of play and saw us take the half-time score out to 12-0 with a great run down the wing by Lachlan Vaughan. The second half had Downlands running a more aggressive ball and were very strong in the breakdown, managing to bring the score level at 12-12. Our team (aided by the super C subs) rose to the occasion by answering with 3 tries including a well-read intercept by Sam Milner who had been watching the ball all day and a long run around our opposition by Edward Rogan in the corner. Matt Bussing put the match beyond contention with his late try aided by Judd Rei’s three conversions to bring it home 26-12. Will Stunden