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    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.
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    BBC v NC – 16A (2012)

    Nudgee College (A) - 52 def. Brisbane Boys' College (H) - 0

    Nudgee College ran away with the win in this clash in a dominant display.

    Both sides were disjointed and sloppy, perhaps belying the early stage of the season. Nonetheless, this was not enough to usurp Nudgee College cruising to a very comfortable win.

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    BBC v NC – 2nd XV (2012)

    Nudgee College (A) - 17 def. Brisbane Boys' College (H) - 7

    Despite a substantial dominance in both possession and territory figures, BBC were unable to clinch this one.

    Nudgee College scored three tries to BBC's one, and were unlucky not to score a few more after promising attacking movements were undone by either desperate defence or handling errors. Nonetheless, their defence held firm as BBC dominated possession and territory in the second half without being able to cross the line and score.

    Nudgee were thus able to do enough to secure this Round 1 victory.

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    BBC v NC – 1st XV (2012)

    Nudgee College (A) - 28 def. Brisbane Boys' College (H) - 13

    With a scoreline reading 13-28 to Nudgee, and BBC only scoring the one try to Nudgee's four, a logical conclusion would be that Nudgee College had dominated this match. Such a conclusion would, however, be one too hastily reached.

    The match opened with fierce intensity from both sides in their exchanges, with the play moving end to end. BBC opened their account with a penalty in the sixth minute, and Nudgee got their reply soon after with a try from a lineout turnover in the 13th minute. 3-7. Minutes later, BBC hit back in a clinical counter-attack through their #15, running a great line from inside his own half to offload in contact for a great try in the corner. Though converted, it was to be BBC's sole try. Nudgee this time responded quickly with a try of their own, pouncing on spilled ball from a charge down in the 20th minute. 10-14. The half finished with ten minutes of sustained pressure by BBC on Nudgee's line, and despite getting over the line twice, their groundings let them down, the first being ruled inconclusive and the second spilled at the last moment for a knock on. At oranges, the score remained 10-14 to Nudgee. The second half opened with much the same intensity as the first, with Nudgee ultimately pulling a ye olde 'turn your back to the defence and hide where the pass is going' move, with #12 Jack Tuttle putting his #8 through the BBC line almost untouched. 10-21. After another BBC penalty and a bread and butter overlap try to Nudgee, the scoreline read 13-28, which it would remain for the rest of the match, despite more sustained pressure from BBC. BBC's forwards truly took on the vaunted Nudgee College pack and the contest was at very least even, and any conclusion that BBC got on top in the battle up front wouldn't be an unfair one. BBC created more opportunities than Nudgee and won in terms of both possession and territory. Two key factors separated the sides: 1. Support play - Despite their more numerous opportunities, most BBC attacking movements ended with a pass going to ground, or an isolated man. Conversely, Nudgee runners consistently came from depth, at speed, and had the hands to capitalise upon the opportunity. 2. The BBC #9 - BBC were always at a disadvantage, as their scrumhalf consistently 'cocked' his pass before letting it go, allowing the Nudgee defence that extra second and shutting down the space in front of his team's runners. The loss of momentum frequently stalled any rumble BBC had started. Ultimately, it was a solid and deserving win to Nudgee College, though both teams certainly have their work cut out for them.