Toowoomba Grammar School

GPS Round 2: Toowoomba Grammar School v Ipswich Grammar School

Team Result Score Match Outline MoM
1st XV Win 28-26 It was a game that the spectators will talk about for a while. We started really well, controlling possession and scoring a couple of early tries. Unfortunately, a few mistakes lead to IGS crossing a few times, and we were 21-12 at the break. We just didn’t get going in the second half with too many turnovers giving the IGS attack too many opportunities. IGS scored in the final few minutes and we were 21-26 down with time having expired. We kept our cool and managed to sneak over in the corner – an Allister Cameron special. At 26 all, Jake Sargood stepped up and knocked over the conversion from the sideline to seal the win. What people may not realise is that Jake practices hard with his kicking, always doing extra sessions, so it comes as no surprise that he was able to slot the winning goal. Well done to all of the lads, a great reward. Nicholas Simpson
2nd XV Win 50-15 Our game plan was to maintain our go forward structure to give clean ball to the next phase. This was done very well with the keyword being patience against a side waiting for us to make mistakes. Our big men, Bill Perrignon and Tom Rinaldis gave the team forward momentum throughout the game and the tight five were very strong. Wil Jauncey also worked hard across the paddock the entire game. The back row was everywhere and the backs showed good decision-making to finish off strong work from all involved. Mitch Bourke ran strongly and directed well from the back. Jasper Smith
3rd XV Win 80-0 TGS were completely dominant from the start. IGS had a limited structure to their play and as such our boys did really well to keep theirs. At one stage the game threatened to fall apart but a little sideline instruction and the boys then put their heads down, regained their composure and played to the game plan. Matthew Price
4th XV Supp – Loss 0-22 The 4th XV knew they were in for a tough game today against TSS. We started strongly with good intent. The boys were physical around the breakdown and the forwards matched TSS in all contests. Towards the end of the first half, fatigue started to set in resulting in two quick tries to TSS. The second half showed the 4ths determination to get back into the game. The boys dominated the second half with frequent raids into the TSS half. Unfortunately, we could not put together that final pass to get us over the line. We held TSS scoreless in the second half of which the team was very proud. Adrian Irwin and Louis Whitton led the forwards with their physical and determined play, whilst Will Owen’s dominant running and solid defence held the backs together. We have a bit to work on this week but are looking forward to the challenge of TSS again next week. Adrian Irwin
5th XV Supp – Loss 0-31 Boys kept their structure and intensity at the breakdown throughout the match. Unfortunately, we were beaten on the outside by a few of the opposition’s faster backs. Some great forward runs by Hugh Klein, Joe Marshall and Mitchell Leeson. Tom Dolzan was strong over the ball and Tim Fogarty made a couple of try-saving tackles. Well done to our boys in showing a lot of heart in keeping the score close. Tim Fogarty
16A Win 23-22 A gutsy win after the boys allowed IGS back into the match after leading 20 – 5 early in the second half. The boys stuck to their structures early and reaped the rewards through a converted try to Hamish Muller and then two penalties from Finley Whittle. Some defensive lapses and squandered opportunities hurt the TGS boys, who found themselves down 22-20 with five minutes to play. The boys stepped up, held the ball and ground forward for another penalty to Finley. The boys then shut the game down and ground it out until full-time. Players’ votes went to Hamish Muller, George Wunsch, Dan Brown (on debut in the As) and Will Purcell. Some work to do, but again, encouraging that we know our structures will win us games. Hamish Muller
16B Win 38-0 The boys put in another strong performance today, dominating the TSS team in all facets of the game. Despite a shaky start in the first five minutes where we put ourselves under pressure from the kickoff, the TGS boys quickly got on the front foot and put together two fine team tries, one of which was from a kick-off restart and passed through several sets of hands. When we began playing to our structures and patterns we looked unstoppable and sustained pressure on the TSS line resulted in a further two tries before halftime. Nonetheless, we lost momentum several times on the back of simple errors and first phase turnovers which need to be eliminated from our game. We went to the break 26-0 up. The second half saw us start poorly again with ill-discipline. We fell into the trap of reacting to niggle from TSS and ball slowing tactics. This effectively took all momentum away from us as we permitted our opposition to control the tempo and tone of the game. We struggled for a prolonged period to control the ball and clear it quickly from our ruck and poor discipline cost both teams a yellow card. To our credit, we finally found our way again and scored another two tries to close out the game convincingly 38-0. Patrick McKay was our player of the match, with Ryan Hogan, Dewald Geldenhuys, Hunter Austin and our back rowers again having strong games. Well done boys. Patrick McKay
16C Supp – Win 15-5 A great start to the season for the 16C team with a powerful first-half performance. The boys dominated much of the play and had TSS scrambling in defence. Unfortunately, this pressure was not converted to points and TSS regained composure early in the second half. Noteworthy performances throughout the game were Alex Smith and Luke Litzow, with Callum Murray and James Slack-Smith displaying solid and continuous work in the forwards. James Slack-Smith
16D Supp – Loss 12-17 A strong start from TSS saw them jump out to an early lead until some strong running from the TGS backs and some strong forwards work got the score back to level with 10 mins remaining. Unfortunately after having many scoring opportunities to seal the game the team fell short. The TSS team made the most of a loose ball to go the length of the field to eventually score the match-winning try after the full-time buzzer. Strong defence by Adriaan Lamprecht and Matthew Allpass kept TGS in the game and some great runs that resulted in tries from Tulloch Lowe and Angelo Ataria kept TGS in the game until the very end. Adriaan Lamprec

15A Loss 17-26 Excellent start where the boys controlled possession with some good decisions and great hammers. Poor decisions at the breakdown and some good play from IGS led to a tight tussle for the next 30 minutes of the game. The game was put out of our reach because of a lack of desire to do the little things for each other. IGS scored some good tries out wide after opening us up in the midfield. An excellent team try at the death showed that we could play good rugby when we applied ourselves. Jordy Adams
15B Loss 21-55 A tale of two halves. We started strong with the opening try and then let IGS back into the game. We swapped tries until halftime and finished the half only two points behind the opposition. The second half was all about IGS as they put on six tries with us going to sleep. Our alignment was not ideal and we failed to take space and get the alignment correct to counter their speedy backs. Man of the Match was Angus Storie. Angus Storie
15C No match
15D Supp – Loss 12-20 After a good couple of weeks of training the boys were ready for their first game. The game started well for TGS as strong runs from Hugh Ford and Matt Anderson paving the way for the backs to do their thing. Kevin Saltner and James O’Sullivan both earned a well-deserved try each. TGS had the majority of possession and territory but just couldn’t convert that into points enough. A narrow loss, the team is looking forward to going up against TSS at the coast next weekend. Man of the match was unable to be split between Hugh Ford and Angus McKinlay. Hugh Ford & Angus McKinlay

14A Win 12-7 The team started well sticking to the game plan and put IGS under pressure. IGS made their way into our half with a few penalties through lack of discipline in defence. The boys defended the line well and were able to exit to turn the opposition around and get out of our red zone. Through some solid running and good ball retention near the IGS line, Zac Reddan was able to barrel over for the first try. Late in the first half, IGS was able to take advantage of some poor line speed in defence and scored to take the lead 5-7. The boys stuck to their structures in the second half and scored late with a try to Jed Statham. Sam Schriek converted and put the team ahead 12-7. With a defending scrum on our own line, the opposition had one more chance before the final whistle. The scrum held and the quick line speed put IGS’ backs under pressure eventually causing a knock on. The boys’ efforts were rewarded with a sweet victory.            Morris Clementson
14B Win 31-12 After a dominant Round 1 performance against Downlands College, the young men of TGS were up for a much tougher challenge against the larger pack of Ipswich Grammar School. After a tough start where both sides challenged each other through the middle, it was Lawson Howe who scored first to take the score to 7-0. Some free-flowing Rugby and a try to Heath Loughnan had the scores 14-5 in TGS’ favour at halftime. In the second half, things got a little tense and at 14-12, TGS needed to dig deep. The boys successfully answered the challenge to stiffen up their defence and as a result, earnt the right to throw the footy around. Three late tries to Heath Loughnan, Tobby Evans and Charlie Horn blew the score out to 31-12. Overall another pleasing performance by the 14B team – well-done men. Tobby Evans
14C Supp – Win 62-5 The boys couldn’t have had a better start, putting TSS under a large amount of pressure right from the kickoff. The game began to open up when Alistair Gourley ran a perfect line as well as busting through tackles to then put Ben Dight over out wide. The boys were exceptional in ball retention and played an outstanding and entertaining brand of running rugby. Jermaine was fantastic around the ground and came away with Man of the Match. Jermaine Harrison
14D Supp – Draw 10-10 The boys played well against a tough opposition. The front line worked hard with Zachary Dean driving forward and working hard in the ruck. Hassan Yusaf and Gabriel Morse were always busy and were supported well by Jim Krieg, Will Titterton, Tom Green and Goff Morgan. Gus Maher

13A Loss 0-36 The pride this team showed their jersey and their School was great; down 36-0 and still trying until the very end. Ipswich was a bigger team and was fortunate to get some lucky tries early in the match. The home team’s defence was tight and well drilled, but some five-pointers against the run of play made the going tough. The tight five dominated the middle channel in defence and was ably supported on the fringes by the backs and loose forwards. Low body height at the breakdown and quicker ball to the backs is the focus for the week ahead. Standouts were; Tully Austin with some great defensive work and William Nason showing some good running efforts.   William Nason
13B Win 26-12 A great run by our boys. We have seen a definite improvement from last week with greater ball security in the ruck and also improved support play. An early try to Jamie O’Shea saw our confidence rise to set the tone of the game. Although our game dropped toward half-time, with IGS clawing at the margin, we saw our boys lift starting with Harrison Tzannes with a well-read try off the ruck, Richard Dean with a brilliant run through half of the IGS team and a late try to Tyler Seccombe to seal the match off with some aggressive offence. The boot of both Judd Rei and Mendoza Hemmer helped our scorecard. Special mention to Connor Quinn for stepping up for the match with Henry Gray and Ned Smith as substitutes. Jamie O’Shea
13C Supp – Loss 25-32 A great start to the game with two early tries. The first by Callum Francis was a great winger’s try in the corner finishing off some good ball retention by the forwards. The second through a bustling run by Callum Wright proving too strong for the defence. Unfortunately, in the heat of the midday sun, we started to falter and tire, leaving us slow at the breakdown and allowing TSS back in the game. Another great run by Clancy Wright gave us a late lead, going into the break 15-10. Once again we started the half well but our fitness levels couldn’t match TSS and despite a late try by Charles Rogers following a break through the backline, we just missed out on our first win. We play TSS next week so the team is looking forward to the chance of reversing the result. Clancy Wright
13D Supp – Win 31-10 The 13Ds had a great start to the season. Given we have only been together for four training sessions, we did very well. That said, there is plenty to work on. The highlight of the game was when the ball went through around 10 sets of hands to score a try by James Biggs. Jim Mann and Callum Francis played very well and Henry Lyons ran very hard on the wing. I think we have the makings of a very good season. Callum Francis

12A Loss 21-31 IGS started the match with a fast try within the first five minutes. However, the team rallied and put some phases of play together to quickly score three tries within the first half. Some hard running by Noah Taylor and Kevin Langton allowed the team to get good front-foot ball and gain some ascendancy in the second half. However, lapses in our defensive structure and communication gifted IGS easy tries through the backs for the game to finish 21-31 at the siren. Harry Pratt
12B Supp – Win 60-0 The boys of the 12Bs recorded a very strong start to the season dominating the possession of the ball for the first 20 minutes. Jimmy White and Thomas Bailey were particularly aggressive with the ball in hand in the early stages of the match, scoring three tries each in the opening half. Strength in the scrum led to the visitors requesting uncontested scrums and allowed the forwards to rest their legs and make it to the breakdown more efficiently. Although the scoring slowed in the second half, the tries were shared around a little more as Jake Hatton and Cody Brameld opened their accounts for the season. This first win for the season was a real team effort full of excellent examples of dominant ball carry in attack and strong tackles in defence. Thomas Bailey
12C Internal 20-8 Fantastic start to the season with a whole-hearted effort from all boys as an internal trial. Two equal quality teams had strong defensive efforts. Many stand out efforts from the boys, the man of the match could go to any one of ten players. Jonathan Moffitt and Ben Morris were two of the best on the field.  Ben Morris

11A Loss 26-36 A very slow start for our boys against a well drilled IGS team. The score blew out in the first half but to the boys’ credit, they never gave up and fought back in the second half. Some good tries were scored with the boys moving the ball to the edges which gave the quick men a chance to break the line. Next week we will be concentrating on our defence and ball security. Bona Roberts