2012 GPS Rugby Union - Round 3 - First XV
Brisbane Boys' College (H) - 27
Anglican Church Grammar School (A) - 27
Having already endured a disappointing start to the season, Churchie entered round three with grim determination. Meanwhile BBC had reason for confidence, with a strong opening round performance against Nudgee College followed up with a dessert of Brisbane State High last weekend.
The sides traded penalties early as each worked their way into the game; it seemed there was no great inclination to throw the ball around.
Gradually play opened up as the sides began to explore the full width of the field, with each testing the other’s defence with some solid but unremarkable play. After a patient build-up, Churchie were first to bag a try, getting over the line in the 15th after some sustained pressure on the BBC line. 8-6 to Churchie.
Play picked up where it left off, with both teams playing expansively and putting boot to ball with some regularity. For each it seemed as much about territory as it did pressuring the opposition into error - many kicks remained well inside the field of play.
From one lineout deep in Churchie territory, BBC were able to set up a well-structured rolling maul and rumbled to the line. Churchie did their best to lawfully disrupt its progress, but in spite of these efforts BBC were twice able to reform the maul. Then, in one of the more significant moments of the match, Churchie hooker Joe Warriner took out the legs of BBC 8. Bronson Tauakipulu just as he detached from the back of the maul to score the try.
Deeming Warriner to have made the tackle before Tauakipulu had detached from the back of the maul, referee Rodd Brockett awarded the Churchie hooker a yellow card and BBC a penalty try under the posts. Though it seemed that Tauakipulu had been able to ground the ball for the try, Warriner’s offence was committed in the act of scoring the try and thus warranted the yellow card and the penalty try. The try was converted from right in front and with no further scoring movements, the half-time score read 16-13 to BBC.
The second half got underway and despite both teams’ continued willingness to use the ball, no points were scored until the 50th minute (35 minute halves), when BBC extended their lead to six points with a penalty from in front.
Five minutes later BBC scored again, this time after 9. Dyring found himself on the receiving end of a well-worked lineout move, darting down the touchline to score in the corner. His task had been made a little easier – Churchie 15. James Watson was down in back play and deeming that the lineout could be set without him, referee Brockett called for play to continue. No doubt settling into their normal defensive pattern, Churchie did not account for his absence and BBC capitalised. 24-13 to BBC.
From the restart, Churchie quickly found their way down the end of the field, and for the next eight minutes placed serious pressure on the BBC line. With the clock winding down, they declined three separate penalty shots on goal, instead seeking a try for their efforts. Finally they were able to get over the line in the 29th minute. 24-18 to BBC.
Again, Churchie fought their way into BBC’s red zone, with 6. Michael Gunn showing great strength to rip the ball in contact from BBC 4. Luke Peterson. With Churchie recycling quickly, BBC were pinged for illegally slowing the ball down right in front. 24-21 to BBC.
In a moment of respite for BBC supporters’ fingernails, play stayed in Churchie’s half for the two minutes immediately following the restart, but slowly, Churchie’s forwards again worked the ball forward and within a handful of phases, had an attacking lineout on the BBC 22. Despite wasting the opportunity, they were able to quickly get the ball back and soon Churchie 10. Darcy Eason set himself up in the pocket. His field goal snuck home, just scraping the right upright. 24-24.
The finish became frenetic. After his fullback made a mess of a kick receipt, BBC 11. Gareth Kalell booted the loose ball across field away from the rushing Churchie forwards. Having not retreated fully, BBC 15. Josh Bowyer collected the ball and was penalised for his efforts in front of the posts. Churchie 10. Eason stepped up and nailed the kick. 27-24 to Churchie and seemingly with no time left.
It wasn’t over. Collecting the kickoff, Churchie patiently worked their way upfield and away from their own posts. With less than a minute on the clock, the Churchie reserve lock lost the ball in contact, allowing BBC one last go. With ball in hand, the BBC backs took play into Churchie’s half. On the 10m line and seven metres in from touch, a penalty advantage was called. Churchie 5. Luke Shepherd was deemed to have entered the ruck from the side, spoiling BBC 9. Dyring’s delivery.
Having given away the penalty that allowed Churchie to pull ahead, BBC 15. Bowyer had a shot at redemption. The kick was to be long and from near the touchline, but it was struck sweetly.