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    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.
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    TSS v ACGS – 16A (2012)

    2012 GPS Rugby Union - Round 4 - 16A

    The Southport School (H) - 8 def. Anglican Church Grammar School (A) - 5

    In a tight and torrid affair, TSS were able to get on top of Churchie in the 16As fixture. Both teams played hard and skilled rugby, neither giving an inch in defence, despite some very capable attack from both sides. The match was marred by, and called off early owing to a serious leg injury to a Churchie player early in the second half. We send our best wishes to him, his family, his teammates and the opposition players involved - it is a truly tough situation for all involved.
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    TSS v ACGS – 1st XV (2012)

    2012 GPS Rugby Union - Round 4 - First XV

    The Southport School (H) - 38 def. Anglican Church Grammar School (A) - 21

    TSS came into the match on a high, back at home after unseating the vaunted Nudgee College outfit at Nudgee the previous weekend. Conversely Churchie, still seeking their first win of the season, must have been feeling the pressure. An early trial match between the teams had been a close affair (TSS getting the spoils 19-12). The match was shaping up nicely. Barring an early penalty to Churchie (well kicked by 15. James Watson in a strong cross-field breeze), the sides could not be separated for the opening twenty minutes. Wherever one team eked the slightest dominance, it would soon be undone or countered – Churchie’s pack had an upper hand at the breakdown, while TSS a definite edge in the scrums. Finally, the try line was crossed. With TSS on the counter, Churchie 14. Sam Hyne swooped on a floating pass by TSS 12. Nili Fielea and sprinted 40m to the corner untouched. 10-0 to Churchie after 22 minutes. As if awoken from a slumber, TSS were suddenly spurred to find another gear. Attacking the line with more spark, they soon found themselves with a lineout on Churchie’s 22. A handful of phases later they were over, busting through poor Churchie ruck defence.Churchie hit back with another penalty, but again TSS soon worked their way back toward the Churchie line and, seven minutes after their first effort, got over the line a second time – again through poor defence around the ruck. 13-12 to Churchie at halftime, though two-tries-to-one in favour of TSS. Again an even contest early, Churchie kicked a penalty five minutes into the second half. This time however there was very little wait for a try. TSS captain 13. Vincent Cooney and 14. Brock Anderson combined well down the right flank to get Anderson over in the corner. 19-16 to TSS. TSS having held firm in defence, pounced on their first half-chance with the ball. Churchie were again caught short around the fringes on more than one phase in the lead-up to a well-earned try. 26-16 TSS and the floodgates were open. TSS scored twice more in the next three minutes, each time capitalising on Churchie defence that was too slow to arrive and largely ineffective when it did. While Churchie were able to tighten things up again in the final five minutes and score a consolation try, the match was long gone. 38-21 to TSS at full time.
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    BBC v GT – 16A (2012)

    2012 GPS Rugby Union - Round 4 - 16A

    Gregory Terrace (A) - 26 def. Brisbane Boys' College (H) - 12

    Full match summary coming soon.
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    BBC v GT – 2nd XV (2012)

    2012 GPS Rugby Union - Round 4 - Second XV

    Gregory Terrace (A) - 20 def. Brisbane Boys' College (H) - 10

    Full match summary coming soon.
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    BBC v GT – 1st XV (2012)

    2012 GPS Rugby Union - Round 4 - First XV

    Gregory Terrace (A) - 27 def. Brisbane Boys' College (H) - 22

    BBC were out for revenge after an agonising draw with Churchie last weekend, while Gregory Terrace sought their first win of the season after two narrow losses and a bye. After an early penalty from right in front to Terrace, BBC slowly began to build a degree of momentum, enabling two quick tries. 12. Brodie Collins crashed over running a solid unders line in the ninth, while 4. Luke Peterson started and finished a rolling maul, taking the ball down from the top of the lineout and working his way to the back of the maul to score the try in the 15th. Gregory Terrace hit back late in the first half with a try of their own, using the width of the field and finished with good strength by 13. Jack Heenan. The contest was intense but not necessarily in the ways you might hope. BBC sought to continue their recent form in the tackle area, and in many instances made a successful ‘jackal’, only to be penalised. Referee Steve Leszczynski seemed to be excessively picky in this area, as other seemingly more obvious and more frequent indiscretions went almost totally ignored. Both teams contributed to a messy breakdown but Terrace certainly got the run of the green with the referee’s calls – the halftime penalty count read 11-3 – including receipt of the benefit of a deemed ‘shoulder charge’ in a tackle that had more arms than popeye. The interpretation at the breakdown stifled BBC’s efforts to replicate past weeks, where they had been able to build a strong platform through forward dominance. Unable to adapt to the referee, BBC were to struggle for the rest of the match, despite their excellent 75m try in the 40th minute, taking the score to 19-8 in their favour. Too often 9. Mikey Dyring had to wait a number of seconds at the base of the ruck for an option to pass to; BBC needed to realign faster to make the most of their talented outside men – especially 15. Josh Bowyer, who has looked dangerous with every touch this season. Gregory Terrace played well, led by captain and flyhalf James Dalgleish. With the BBC forwards being more timid at the breakdown, Terrace frequently punched a number of phases through the ruck, before spreading the ball the full width of the field. Often finding space, the Terrace backs frequently made good metres. Consistently executing this plan, Terrace were able to score three good tries, taking the score to 27-22 at full-time.