Toowoomba Grammar School

GPS Round 7: Toowoomba Grammar School v Anglican Church Grammar School

Team Result Score MoM Match Outline
1st XV LOSS 21 – 42 David Armstrong Despite showing plenty of spirit we were simply outclassed by a better team. In the end, Churchie’s defence and discipline were too good, and they made us pay for our errors.
2nd XV LOSS 0 – 10 Harry Hanly Another tough, uncompromising performance against a strong Churchie side. The team played some outstanding rugby that really epitomised their style of playing a physical up front game. The boys worked hard to gain good ground only to have a turnover undo all the work. Down 0-10 at half time the second half was again outstanding, keeping Churchie to nil and being denied a try to Louis Johnston on a ruling of double movement which does not exist in rugby. His momentum carried him forward for what appeared to be a very good try. Despite this, we all once again walked away thinking what a great team this is and that once we control our unforced errors we will be better. The boys have more than matched all the top sides but the errors have let the opposition all back into the games. I was proud of your performance on Saturday, the feature of this team is that you are a team.
3rd XV WIN 15 – 14 Ben Horsley, Will Barry Very tight game today and lucky to get away with the win. The wind played a strong part in today’s game and while we used it well in the first half, we didn’t put enough points on to feel comfortable. Halftime was 12 – 0 but to Churchie’s credit, they played well and lifted the intensity in the second half to put two converted tries on to lead 14-12 with a few minutes remaining. We got a penalty 35m out and with the wind blowing, Ben Horsley, the Iceman, stepped up to the plate and kicked the penalty to put us in the lead, 15-14. A few nervous moments before full time but we held on for the win.
4th XV WIN 29 – 0 Joseph McKee. Both teams started strongly, Churchie came out firing catching us a little unaware. To the boys’ credit, they held on and worked their way into the game. Consistent defence created a great platform which the boys started to work from. Some quick ‘pick and go’s’ by the forwards gave us the go forward we needed giving the backs space and opportunity. From here on the boys’ confidence grew with the backs finding gaps at will, threatening to score regularly from our set piece. Jackson Boardman caused havoc for the defence whilst Jack Elmes once again proved difficult to contain. Will Owen found another step today, guiding Matt Littleproud regularly through the middle and Tom Jakins tested the defence with sniping runs from the ruck. The 4ths are really coming together as a team and will continue to impress over the coming weeks. Great win for the team today.
5th XV LOSS 10 – 12 Will Harris A close game. Our boys fought well to stay in the match but silly errors in attack and defence didn’t allow us to capitalize with more points. Better structure from our defensive line and we will continue to improve as the season progresses.

16A WIN 43 – 0 George Wunsch The boys finally put it all together today. They played with both aggression and structure and showed patience and flair. Whilst their attack was great to watch, it was their defence that really set the platform for the win. Jacob Gross used the wind masterfully in the second half to secure territory for the team, Dan Brown ran great lines and George Wunsch terrorised the Churchie defence with strong runs.
16B WIN 17 – 0 Jack Byrne Again, a game of two halves. The boys made it very hard for themselves in the first half with poor discipline and structure but recovered nicely in the second to dominate the half with three good tries by Dominic Mifsud (2) and Mitchell Foster (1) with Michael Evans converting one of those. Jack Byrne had an outstanding game as did Dominic Mifsud. Hunter Austin again played very well. Well done boys!
16C DRAW 15 – 15 Adriaan Lamprecht Building on last week’s efforts the team started strongly and countered the aggressive nature of the Churchie forward pack. A well-deserved try to Adriaan Lamprecht and a penalty conversion by Jack Thompson had the team ahead at the halftime break. Unfortunately, Churchie fought back to take the lead with 10 minutes to go. At this point, the team lifted, making several line breaks of which one resulted in a Tim Johnston try. Excellent efforts from Matthew Allpass, Adriaan Lamprecht, Tim Johnston, Sam Pegler and Tom Mann.
16D LOSS 5 – 7 Angelo Ataria Strong start by Churchie saw them get out to a 0-7 lead but TGS started to punch holes through the Churchie defence. A 40m try to captain Elijah McRae saw the tide begin to turn. A serious injury to Derek Li unfortunately saw the game come to an early end with Churchie winning 5-7.

15A LOSS 19 – 24 Nicholas Boyce Great second half. Discipline let us down, but we did have a real crack. 14-12 up at halftime, but we had squandered the wind in the first half. Working together is the key, valuable lessons that need to be learnt.
15B WIN 24 – 17 Benjamin Milner Boys started well this week and managed to go into halftime with a 17 – 5 advantage. The loose forwards made their impact on this match, with Benjamin Milner, Patrick Doran and Jacob Winter having strong games. We were able to hold onto the ball for multiple phases and build pressure. An entertaining style of play in the first half with Jordan Adams crossing the line to finish out the half. Again we put ourselves under pressure in the second half but we continued to scramble and hold on. With the scores locked at 17 all, Benjamin Smith crossed the line but was held up. Churchie scrambled to hold on but we had a 5m scrum. The clock was ticking and we were down to the last seconds, TGS try, Benjamin Milner crosses the line. Thomas Maher as Captain keeps the side together and the boys deserved their war cry. Well done boys. Belief and momentum are with us, we have turned a corner.
15C LOSS 12 – 46 Angus Storie The boys had a slow start today and leaked two quick tries at the start. It took them a while to settle into the match but they slowly picked up momentum and scored two tries. Again we were not securing the ball at the breakdown and missed too many tackles.
15D LOSS 19 – 44 Matt Anderson The lads controlled the game well and found themselves down 19-22 with only 15 minutes to go, unfortunately, the ball bounced Churchie’s way a few times late in the game and they ran away with it. Full credit to our boys as the score did not reflect the effort the boys put it. Special mention to Matt Anderson who tackled anything that came near him and Tom Twidale with some damaging runs.

14A WIN 29 – 8 Joe Johnston The windy conditions posed a challenge for both teams. The TGS team were able to start the game with the wind behind them and used the wind to their advantage to take the lead at the end of the half 12-8. The boys were able to pressure Churchie through retaining possession close to the opposition’s line. The strong defence was able to keep Churchie scoreless during the second half. Great win for the boys with only two rounds to go.
14B LOSS 10 – 12 Heath Loughnan After a slow start Churchie scored twice and went into halftime with a 0-12 lead courtesy of some poor discipline and a few lazy defensive efforts. The second half saw a different TGS outfit take the field – courageous, passionate with a lot more energy. Unfortunately, we were running into a gale and it proved to be too big of a challenge. Tries were scored by Heath Loughnan and Zack Lane.
14C WIN 26 – 5 Keegan Sutcliffe The boys started hard and fast, getting the Churchie defence on the back foot quickly. In the first 15 minutes, Man of the Match Keegan Sutcliffe had scored himself a hat-trick with a mix of his tries coming from brilliant individual work as well as all-round team efforts. Churchie hit back with a try of their own after a cross-field kick out wide before our boys hit back with another try. The score remained the same in the second half as neither teams’ attack was capable of cracking the opposition’s defensive lines. Solid performances from Flynn Taylor and Angus Paton played a major role in the boys gaining momentum in the first half.
14D LOSS 0 – 39 Gabriel Morse There were moments when the team played well. The boys, unfortunately, lost the ball in the breakdown way too many times. The team missed two excellent opportunities to score but they did not look up.

13A LOSS 14 – 39 William Nason With all their might, the boys trained hard this week and put in a solid performance, only to be beaten by a bigger outfit. The 13As have defined their season as the team that never drops its head and this weekend was a good example of that. The boys kept thinking and playing positively for the full hour and full credit to them. This shows great character. After two tries to Churchie, and with the wind behind it, TGS found itself in an early deficit. Some excellent phase play, one off the ruck, found the 13As marching down the field and scoring through front-rower Ned Beasley close to the left-wing corner post. Sam Hoffensetz converted and the margin was narrowing. George Bailey scored the hosts’ next try and a game was on, but Churchie ran away with it in the end. We keep improving as a team and the coaches are very proud of the boys’ efforts.
13B LOSS 5 – 12 Tyler Seccombe Another great game played by our boys. We ran onto the field with the right mindset and clearly set the tone for the match. Our aggressive defense and strong running allowed us to continuously put our boys in contention for points, culminating in a great team try with Edward Rogan being pushed over the line by his mates. Interesting interpretations of the Laws of Rugby kept the crowd guessing and bemused, ultimately resulting in a penalty try against our boys in the last minute, definitely one to remember. The boys should be proud of their efforts today.
13C LOSS 5 – 12 Hamish Cameron After suffering a 7 try to lose two weeks ago to ACGS 13C in a supplementary game the boys knew today was going to be a hard game. It turned out to be a great game with both teams playing great rugby. An early try to ACGS saw them taking the lead but a kick through was dived on by Cameron Apel to score in the corner. A late try to ACGS helped them maintain their lead but our lads never gave up. Well done boys.
13D LOSS 27 – 29 James Biggs The one that got away! We played so well for 90% of the game and in the last 10%, we turned off and Churchie were able to capitalise and kick a winning conversion on full time. Our clean out and recycling of the ball was excellent and reflected the hard work that the team had put in at training. We spread the ball wide and ran hard and really should have been victors. However, it was a very good lesson – we need to play for the full 50 minutes and not think that we have the game won before the final whistle. William Higgins, Isaac Burke, Campbell Chappel, William Flynn and James Biggs all had strong games.

12A WIN 21 – 17 Ewald Kruger The 12As were looking to build on their dominant performance from last week and the players knew today’s game was going to be tough. Churchie were showing their technical skill at the breakdown with a number of turnovers allowing them to gain ascendancy in the first half. However, some excellent vision from Henry Pratt allowed him to put Kevin Langton away for the first try of the half. Churchie struck back soon after with a piercing run down the wing and a chip over the top to beat our fullback to the ball and touch down for a try prior to halftime. An extended break due to an injury allowed the boys to gain some perspective of what was needed to achieve the win and they started the second half playing our brand of up-tempo rugby. Tries to Noah Taylor and another to Kevin Langton was matched by two from Churchie – the difference being the pinpoint accuracy from goal kicker, Chace Oates. The team held on to secure a gritty win to halt Churchie’s run of 17 wins from 2017-18. Well done gentlemen.
12B LOSS 7 – 33 Patrick Neilson The opening 10 minutes of the game were truly under the control of Patrick Neilson and his team, the 12Bs. The boys were unlucky to concede first after 17 minutes but were keen to equalise quickly to go to the break tied up at seven points apiece. The boys defended stoically and worked hard when counter attack opportunities showed themselves. In the second half, the boys were outplayed. Missed tackles, a lack of strength at the breakdown and some clumsy ball-handling led to a few heads dropping and another four tries conceded. We were unable to capitalise on our chances in the second half and lost the game accordingly. There were a few glimpses of individual brilliance; Oliver Donaldson, Charlie Mitchell, Matty Wise and Cody Brameld deserve a special mention here. Onward and upward next week.
12C LOSS 14 – 22 George Swanson TGS was in unfamiliar territory today, points on the board and in charge. Ben Morris scooted over for the team’s first try of the season. Luke Silver stepped up and slotted the conversion, 7-0. The opposition replied but Will McDonald barged over for Dougal McInerney to convert. Strong defensive efforts, particularly from George Swanson, Alex Chicalas and Jonathan Moffitt, ensured that attacking opportunities would come. At the break, TGS was in front 14-10. A grinding second half saw the lead change hands. Constant pressure from both sides saw crucial handling errors creep in. TGS spent the last 5 minutes pressing the line but could not bridge the gap and went down 14-22. An enthralling match which very nearly was third time lucky.

11A  LOSS  14-33  NA  NA