TSS v TGS – 1st XV (2012)
2012 GPS Rugby Union - Round 6 - First XV
The Southport School (A) - 29 def. Toowoomba Grammar School (H) - 14After an impressive home dismissal of then-competition leaders Ipswich Grammar at home the previous week, Toowoomba faced an arguably tougher assignment this week away from their home hunting ground. As for TSS, since a round one defeat, the men from the Gold Coast have notched up some impressive victories, including an assertive dismissal of Nudgee College. The stage was set. A slow start saw a couple of scrums and penalties going both ways — a generally messy start. While Toowoomba have this season thrived on structure and a solid forward platform, TSS have been the opportunists of the competition. Many of their points have come from loose play. It was this opportunism that brought about the match’s opening try. Gaining the ball in general play and in their own half from a TGS error, TSS 15. Adam Gauder hoofed the ball downfield, finding touch two metres out from the TGS line — a good kick in itself. The chasing Toowoomba men began to lope back slowly for the lineout. Seeing the opportunity, TSS 3. Sam Clifton quickly gathered the ball and delivered a quick throw to 2. Jake Lyon, who strolled over untouched from five metres out. Ten minutes later, TSS again found the line, with 12. Nili Fielea shrugging off TGS 10. Tom Kidston’s tackle at close range. 12-0. Finally seeing the ball for an extended period of time in the shadows of half-time, Toowoomba were able to peg one back after some patient work, getting over the line after ten phases. Half-time, 12-7 to TSS. TSS had certainly had the run of the first half; it seemed Toowoomba had barely touched the ball. Skilled at the breakdown, TSS had been able to control the tempo of the match well. That said, Toowoomba’s defence had largely been sound — their attack had simply been largely non-existent. In the absence of regular flyhalf Mitch Third, the versatile 2nd XV outside centre Ed Gibson had slotted into 10 for TSS. It was a happy marriage for the most part, though a number of times, the TSS backline misfired with some off timing or lateral running. The latter issue was, however, mitigated by the dominant 12. Fielea, who was frequently able to use his bulk and strength to both straighten the TSS attack and simultaneously bend the TGS defence. Quick recycling created some opportunities, though TGS largely held up well. The second stanza was little different. While Toowoomba Grammar were a little more expansive with their play, TSS held firm in defence and they were rewarded for their efforts with a solid try off a lineout maul in the 50th minute. Minutes later and caught napping around the ruck base, TSS then conceded seven points to Toowoomba after the country boys shifted the ball well from a quick tap near the line. TSS were again able to hit back, however, first with a simple catch-pass routine, sending 5. Evander Guttenbiel over in the corner. This was quickly followed by a meat pie to captain 13. Vincent Cooney soon after, with a well weighted pass off the back of an attacking scrum. 12. Fielea provided the decoy, attracting the attention of two TGS defenders. The score was to remain 29-14. TSS this year have been excellent at finishing off the opportunities they’ve earned. A number of schools have featured hard working packs, but TSS is probably the only team to consistently make the most of the go-forward created. Their momentum toward the back end of the season is menacing. In this match, 2. Lyon continued his busy work around the park and put in another strong performance (notwithstanding two lineout overthrows). 5. Guttenbiel worked hard all day, as did 7. Luke Papworth, while 9. Issak Fines-Leliewasa created some spark. Toowoomba Grammar’s 7. Stuart Bougoure put in his best match of the season and was in everything, and he was ably assisted up front by 1. Markus Vanzati — another strong performer. 3. James McColl also worked hard, and 4. Phil Potgieter continued to lead with his actions. Out back, 13. Drew Jordan did well to keep TSS 13. Cooney quiet.