TGS v ACGS – 1st XV (2012)
2012 GPS Rugby Union - Round 1 - First XV
Toowoomba Grammar School (H) - 24 def. Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) (A) - 18
In a very tight match, Toowoomba Grammar were able to defeat the highly-regarded ACGS outfit, with the margin reducing to one point for much of the match.From the opening whistle, TGS took the game to their visitors. With all the early territory (90% for the first ten minutes), they took on the Churchie defence in wave after wave of attack, finally breaking through courtesy of an ACGS handling error at the back of a 5m scrum. Swooping on a loose ball in the corner, the TGS blindside was over. 5-0. The match soon settled into the rhythm it would take for much of the afternoon, turning into a tight, well-contested match. Both sides were largely equal up front, with both packs hitting rucks well and generally offering a stable platform. Similarly, both sets of backs offered some sparkles in attack and largely performed well in their individual positions. There were no glaring faults in either team, nor were there any substantial areas of dominance. It took moments of error or brilliance to separate the sides. The former came in abundance from each. In spite of their many trial matches and doubtless time in training (each squad had five trials against GPS and other opponents) handling errors and simple mistakes dominated proceedings, disrupting much of the flow that developed and giving the other team territory and possession advantages. In the tight contest that this was, these advantages were key. Vincent Quigly, the Churchie scrumhalf, looked as if he may be the difference for much of the match, having a major hand in each of Churchie's three tries, running skilful lines, taking good options and exhibiting great vision to guide his side around the park. Leading 18-12 with 15 to go, Churchie looked to be gaining an upper hand against their tiring foes. With the clock winding down, Churchie soon gifted TGS with good field position through some poor handling. TGS were able to twice get over the line with some great hands taking runners through some sloppy Churchie defence. Full-time, 24-18 to TGS and a major upset in Round 1, hurting Churchie's premiership ambitions.