Toowoomba Grammar School

GPS Round 3: Toowoomba Grammar School v The Southport School

Team Result Score Match Outline MoM
1st XV Loss 12-67 A very disappointing day for the 1st XV. We were completely outplayed on the day, TSS were far too good. Our boys put up a good fight in the first half, however, failed to fire in the second half, conceding 50 points. The TGS defence was poor, an area that will require drastic improvement for next week. Dougal Gray
2nd XV Loss 7-12 An outstanding performance that produced a great brand of rugby that took it to TSS. They were on the backfoot throughout the game and did not have an answer to our ferocity in attack and defence. It was as we said – mistakes will keep them in the game and possibly win it for them. This turned out to be the case but not before the team let them know they are not as good as they think they are. A great team effort, well done.   Mitch Bourke
3rd XV Loss 7-24 The boys were overconfident and complacent heading into a big match down at TSS. Inability to win our own scrums and lineouts cost us dearly as the score was 19-0 against us at halftime. Credit to the boys for winning the second half. The boys will need to hook in this week in preparation for a tough Nudgee outfit. James Nixon
4th XV Loss 19-22 It was a great start for the 4ths today, dominating the opening 15 minutes of play and taking an early lead. The 4ths did look dominant with the ball in hand; however, TSS began to slowly claw their way back into the game, closing the gap just before halftime with a try of their own. The second half was strongly contested by both teams, with the 4ths once again dominating the attack. Strong backs play by Will Owen and Joseph McKee put pressure on TSS but we weren’t able to convert these into points. Unfortunately, with four minutes to go, TSS crossed the line to take the lead. Our defence let us down today but the boys showed some amazing improvements from our previous performance. Claude Wilshire and Jackson Boardman were destructive with their ball carries, whilst Juston Free’s form in the lineout won us regular clean ball. A great effort today by the 4ths. Lucio Caso
5th XV Loss 0-45 A tough game in which our forwards fought gallantly for every metre on the field. Unfortunately, the TSS backs were too quick for us and capitalised on their opportunities. Keeping our defensive line straight and tackling will be our focus in the coming weeks. A strong run from Ethan Lunn in the second half saw him cross the line. Unfortunately, the try was disallowed. Ben Duffield

16A Loss 14-17 The boys learnt that games at this level can be won or lost through a couple of key moments. It was a case of the better team not taking their opportunities. Whilst our skills were good, our options were poor and we will need to work on these this week. Players’ Player votes went to Hamish Muller, Jack Waugh and George Wunsch. Hamish Muller
16B Win 21-12 The boys had to dig deep today to grind out a tough 21 -12 victory against a fired up and very good TSS team. From the outset, we again put ourselves under pressure with dropped ball, poor carries and early phase turnovers which saw us defending our line for the first ten minutes. Once we held the ball and played to our structures we were good and dominated the remainder of the first half scoring two well-constructed tries to Jack Byrne and Patrick McKay which were both converted by Ryan Hogan who had a great day with the boot. We went to the break with our tails up at 14-0 and well in control of the match. However, the second half saw us implode somewhat with silly errors, early turnovers and a bit of panic rugby under pressure with TSS keeping us under sustained pressure for most of the remainder of the game. To their credit, TSS were very good, turning us around with clever kicking and pressuring us continually at the breakdown and in defence. Our mistakes under pressure compounded our troubles and TSS scored two tries to bring the score to 14-12. At this point in the game, we displayed great composure to hold the ball with a series of pick and drives. We closed out the game in our only venture into the TSS half in the second stanza with a terrific charge down try by our MVP Nicholas Shannon who was duly rewarded for his tireless effort all day. From there, we defended well to secure a well deserved, hard fought 21-12 victory. Nicholas Shannon, Jack Byrne, Ryan Hogan, Hunter Austin and Patrick McKay all had fine games in a tough test of character, which will be a cornerstone for the rest of our season together. You have to earn it boys and you did today. Well done! Nicholas Shannon
16C Loss 24-29 A fantastic and gutsy game of Rugby that had the scoreline inching upward slowly and evenly, unfortunately, a couple of tries against the run of play and an unlucky bounce meant that TSS ended up with the result. Our men played with determination and heart with outstanding games from James Slack-Smith and Adriaan Lamprecht in the forwards with Alex Smith, Luke Litzow and Sam Pegler leading the back line in both attack and defence. Although the results were not our way, this was still a game to be proud of and one that the team clearly displayed the “Grammar Spirit”. Alex Smith
16D Loss 0-24 Very close game at halftime with scores level 0-0. Unfortunately, TSS were able to run away with the game with four late tries in the final 15 minutes to win the game 0-24. Strong games by Matthew Allpass and Samuel Dyer kept TGS in the game until the very end. Samuel Dyer

15A Loss 0-31 Started slowly with TSS scoring quickly, and then again, but we slowly worked ourselves up to game pace and started to string some phases together. Lack of ball control cost us points, and we let one more try in before halftime to be trailing 0-17 at the break. Two replacements in the backs meant a rearranged backline with man of the match Clancy McPherson tackling everything that moved. TSS’s classy fullback was just too fast for us, but credit to our boys who played well for the last forty minutes. Special mention to Patrick Doran and Charlie Wigan. Coaches were proud of the effort, execution needs work. The final score of 0-31 was indicative of the game, full credit to TSS. Clancy McPherson
15B Loss 22-29 A very good effort by our boys. A strong start but we kept letting TSS get back into the game. All three tries were to our backs which highlighted the fact the forwards could not come away with points when close to the opposition line. We also need to learn to hold onto the ball to complete long phase play. We kept giving it back to them and they punished us for that. The boys are getting fitter and edging closer to finishing a game strong and getting a win. Max Schutt
15C Loss 7-59 TGS started strong with some early aggression and control. It only took one lapse in concentration and TSS were able to spread the ball wide to score the opening try. From the kickoff, TGS was able to turn defensive pressure into attack ending with Archie Steele breaking through the middle and beating four or five TSS defenders to score under the posts. The TGS boys were now back in the game and full of confidence! This confidence didn’t last long as TSS turned up the pressure and were able to score the next two tries leading into halftime 7-19. The boys were still in the game; although this was the end of any chance TGS has of getting back in the game as TSS came out on fire and ran riot through the willing TGS defensive line, running in another six tries to seal the game. TGS never gave up, yet they were just outclassed with enthusiasm and speed by the TSS team. Archie Steele
15D Loss 14-45 After a tough loss in the game last weekend the boys were eager to put in a good performance against TSS. Throughout the first half, the boys were lucky not to have some more tries scored against them, strong defence from Brodie Brimblecombe kept the boys in the hunt as the first half ended with us down 15-7. The boys started flat in the second half and paid the price with an early try to TSS. A great individual try from Thumula Herath kept the boys’ hopes alive but after that, the team struggled to adhere to structure and let TSS blow out the scoreline. A big week of training ahead to go up against Nudgee at home next week. Brodie Brimblecombe
14A Win 27-5 The focus during the week was to straighten up in attack and this is exactly what the team did. This allowed for more room out wide for our backs to attack and put points on the board. Some strong running from Oliver Chaffey, Jed Statham and Zac Reddan gave the team some forward momentum allowing the backs to finish off their hard work. The boys stuck to the game plan well and they pounced when opportunities were presented. The tip pass was identified by the boys as an attacking weapon and it was used well to put the game out of reach for TSS. A great display of running rugby the team should be proud of their efforts. The coming weekend will pose a new threat against a formidable team from Nudgee College.    Zac Reddan
14B Win 26-22 A horror start saw TGS down 0-17 against a much bigger, star-studded TSS side. After clawing their way back to be down 12-17 at halftime (through tries to Tobby Evans and Heath Loughnan) the men of TGS had a new found belief heading into the second half. A see-sawing second half saw the lead change four times. Luckily for our boys, they showed a stack of resilience as Sam Raccanello scored the match-winner 90 seconds before full time. TGS 26-22. Congratulations to all boys on a really courageous performance. Tobby Evans
14C Win 33-5 Both teams started well lifting their physicality from last week, TSS improved out of sight from last week and put they boys under pressure from the start. The boys reacted well and went into the break leading 12-0. The boys executed gold shapes spreading the TSS defensive line creating a number of scoring opportunities to win 33-5 with an inspiring performance from Captain and Halfback Angus Maclean. Angus Maclean
14D Loss 7-69 Our attack was good at times and for periods of the game, it looked like we would score. The opposition was very good at sending the ball wide and running around our defence. We need to improve our defensive game by working together in a line. We also need to improve our ability to play a long ball wide and score points.   Kai McLoughlin

13A Loss 22-24 TGS started with great purpose, dominating possession and playing a well-structured brand of footy. An unexpected TSS try after 10 minutes was countered with a five-pointer from Nick Saal. The two teams traded tries for the remainder of the game. George Bailey scored his first with a skirting run down the right wing, while William Nason split defenders for his try. Down 17-19 with 5 minutes to go, a line-out move saw George Bailey race onto the scorer’s sheet for the second time. TSS then had some fortune; they won a penalty and some territory, and this led to a try to the hosts on the bell. Props Henry Ford and Ned Beasley were dominant at the breakdown, with flankers Tully Austin and William Kelly’s defence the best we’ve seen this season. Hooker Brady Henry carried well; outside centre, Walter Tinkler’s support lines and counter-rucking was inspirational; while scrumhalf James Lindemann’s service to William Nason was superb. A great contest to be part of. George Bailey
13B Loss 0-34 Our boys ran out and immediately controlled the game. Impressive lines with well-timed support saw us spend a significant time attacking the opposition line. Even in defence, our tackling and aggressive line speed saw us regaining possession. Then TSS got a try down the line, then another and unfortunately the score blew out. Much contemplation this week before Nudgee. Clancy Wright
13C Loss 17-22 Another solid start to the game with the forwards dominating at the breakdown allowing Hamish Andreas to crash over the line inside the first 10 minutes. We did lose our way in the middle part of the half and some defensive errors cost us. It was pleasing to see we finished well just before the halftime break. Despite being behind the boys played hard rugby and were rewarded by another try to Hamish Andreas and a penalty try awarded to us as Callum Francis was fouled over the try line. In the end, we finished just shy of TSS. A special mention to Nicholas Morris who made over 30 tackles in the game. Nicholas Morris
13D Win 43-34 We started quite slowly suffering from the dreaded bus leg. The first half saw us very slow to the breakdown and not committing to the cleanout. We did, however, manage to score some points which, given our lack of commitment at the breakdown, was quite lucky. The second half was a different story with rigorous clean outs and more commitment forward play. Mendoza Hemmer, Fred Hill and Jeremy Zuyderwyk all played very well. In the backs, Dante Marshall excelled and controlled the backline very well. Pat Savill also made some strong runs. We put on 43 solid points and came out victors. Let’s now look forward to next weekend. Jeremy Zuyderwyk
12A No match
12B Loss 12-24 A combination team showcasing talent from the TGS 12A, B and C teams travelled to Southport keen to meet TSS’ 12As. We started well and scored first with Cole Tweedy carrying the ball forward with strength and determination. There were many chances for both teams but strong defence kept the game close. Cody Brameld broke the line and was brought down only one metre short of the line. Cole Tweedy was on the spot to collect the ball and score our second try. With less than five minutes to play, scores were locked at 12 apiece. A tired squad was unable to hold out for the last few minutes and conceded two late tries, finishing the match 24-12 in the host’s favour. Cole Tweedy
12C Loss 0-38 Three tries were scored before TGS actually had any possession; not an ideal start. Defensive lapses were essentially limited to one opponent who scored five out of the total six tries scored. There were periods of solid defence particularly from Wil Cook, Jonathan Moffitt and Ben Morris. Dallas Baker ran strongly and Ted Fawckner made the wing his own territory. All players had a run and were not just there to make up numbers. The enthusiasm for having a go helped to recover from the initial shell shock. Lachlan Hawkins cemented the hooker’s spot and Reuben Hoare was a willing prop. The boys are keen to back up next week and put some points on the board. Jonathan Moffitt

11A Loss 5-21 There was an improved performance by the young TGS boys today. Our forwards worked well together and this allowed our halves to create opportunities for the team. Unfortunately, handling errors at crucial times didn’t allow the boys to turn these opportunities into points. Hugo Searle scored a great winger’s try after some good lead up work from his teammates. Man of the Match went to Mawson Mos. Mawson Mos