Downlands v TGS – 1st XV (2012)
2012 GPS Rugby Union - Round 4 - First XV
Toowoomba Grammar School (A) - 40 def. Downlands College (H) - 8
It was a typical country grudge match. No quarter was given, but plenty of bruising hits were made. The opening twenty minutes saw only three points scored (by Downlands) and a handful of early walking wounded. TGS lost 15. Jonah Placid, one of their best in recent weeks, in the opening ten minutes to the blood bin, though his substitute in jersey 18 stepped up well.In the first genuine chance of the match, Downlands looked certain to score in the 21st minute, with a 3-on-2 overlap butchered by 11. Christopher McIllhatton who, despite being only metres from both the try-line and touchline, ran high and was easily bundled into touch. Eight minutes later, TGS finally got on the board. In a strong movement from inside their own half, the ball went through many pairs of hands before being driven over. 7-3 to TGS. Soon after, and again after applying plenty of pressure, TGS went over again through 9. Adam Deck with a quick dart from the scrumbase. 12-3. Deck again played his hand minutes later with another sniping break from the 22. Half time, 19-3 to TGS. The second half saw more of the same – a fierce contest at the breakdown and the collision area generally. TGS were, for the most part, the more cohesive and polished unit, which allowed their gradual progression to ascendency. In the 50th minute, a good set play off an attacking lineout saw 7. Stuart Bougoure get over the line. Bougoure then threw some handbags with Downlands 10. Thompson (and the rest of the team). They both earned a ten minute rest for their efforts. The interruption was of little disruption to TGS, who were able to run in another good try, with 8. Minenko throwing a great ball for 13. Drew to score in the corner. 33-3 to TGS. With the clock winding down, Downlands were finally able to cross the line with a try off a rumbling rolling maul in the 70th minute. 33-8. Not to be outdone, TGS closed out the match with one of those tries you just love watching. Seeking to clear from their 22, Downlands went to hoof the ball downfield, only for the kick to be charged down. Downlands 11. McIllhatton was able to regather and went to kick again, only to do so straight into the arms of the TGS number 18, who had but to fall over the line to score one for the masses. Full-time, 40-8.