BGS v BBC – 1st XV (2012)
2012 GPS Rugby Union - Round 5 - First XV
Brisbane Grammar School (H) - 51 def. Brisbane Boys' College (A) - 37After a string of close and disappointing results in past weeks, BBC took to the field on a mission. Being a genuine chance in the competition after some strong showings, Grammar would have been looking to string together another solid victory, this time against the Collegians. With the Ekka wrapping up that night, only one fireworks display was expected in Brisbane on Saturday. Spectators at Grammar’s Northgate playing fields however saw some of their own. In a high-tempo, high-scoring affair, Grammar were able to come from behind to continue BBC’s woe, winning 51-37. From kickoff, it rapidly became clear that neither side was especially keen to commit men to their opponent’s breakdown – a tactic that wasn’t to change for the entire match. This being the case, both sides got consistently quick ball. This allowed for the enthralling match that ensued, with both sides playing enterprising rugby and showing great willingness to throw the ball around. Grammar opened proceedings with a try in the fifth minute, with some good support play allowing a try under the posts. BBC 15. Josh Bowyer’s occasional defensive frailties were shown, with his miss of a bread-and-butter cover tackle gifting BGS the try under the posts. 7-0. BBC soon hit back with a good try, starting with an intercept and finishing down the other end, Bowyer redeeming himself with a try in the corner. 7-5. After a penalty to Grammar, BBC were able to run in a further two tries. The first was scored through a clinical rolling maul – fast becoming BBC’s favourite move this year – and the second was a great team effort, featuring some very quick hands a pinch of luck with the sideline. Half time, 22-17 to BBC. The second half was [even more of] a try fest, with seven scored in 35 minutes (and two penalties kicked for good measure). Twelve minutes into the half, BBC had drawn out to lead 37-24 with some opportunistic tries, including one from the scrum base to 9. Mikey Dyring. Grammar had zoned out and BBC were able to capitalise. This wasn’t to last for long, however. After thirteen uncharacteristically quiet minutes, the game again opened up. BBC were found wanting out wide, with Grammar running in a good try off the back of some enterprising running by their outside centre. With a man in the bin after a deserved yellow card for a shoulder charge, BBC quickly unravelled. First up tackles were missed and their defensive line quickly degraded, with poor spacing and frequent instances of an individual man rushing up at the wrong moment. Grammar ran in three quick tries in the final six minutes, coming from behind to score a strong 51-37 victory. It was a fast-paced contest won by the more alert side. BBC were often disorderly and, despite missing some key men to injury, played away from their forward strength of recent weeks.