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    GT v ACGS – 16A (2012)

    2012 GPS Rugby Union - Round 7 - 16A

    Anglican Church Grammar School (A) - 11 def. Gregory Terrace (H) - 3

    Match summary coming soon.

    $10

    GT v ACGS – 1st XV (2012)

    2012 GPS Rugby Union - Round 7 - First XV

    Anglican Church Grammar School (A) - 13 def. Gregory Terrace (H) - 12

    Churchie and Terrace each took to the field with points to prove for this fixture. Despite being well out of the title race, both teams sought to make some amends and play out one of the bigger rivalries in the GPS. Though Terrace with their first touches threw the ball around, the early play was all Churchie. The men in blue and grey were looking good early, playing tight, and had all the territory and possession to show for it. Points, however, were harder to come by. Churchie 10. Darcy Eason was regularly putting boot to ball for the receipt of both his own wingers and the Terrace back three. It certainly kept things interesting, though with neither team showing too great a propensity to score, it was all academic. Slowly getting more ball, Terrace began to look the goods. The combination of 10. Tom Given and 12. James Dalgleish gave them great width to their attack which opened up a number of half opportunities – opportunities that were either not readily taken or well stifled by the Churchie defence. This Churchie defence was forming well, by and large, with good spacing and organisation – 9. Vinnie Quigley was marshalling well. At times, however, some men had a tendency to rush up and open holes in the line which were never fully pounced upon – Terrace needed to start turning the ball back inside. Despite Churchie’s two quick penalties midway through the half, it wasn’t until the 28th minute that a try was scored, with Terrace 11. Joseph Jenkins making the most of a 4-on-3 and some lazy defence by Churchie. Exhibiting good support play, 2. Tom Mellor and 15. Lachlan O’Rourke combined well to set Jenkins on the way to the line. 7-6 to Terrace at half time. The lack of excitement in the match seemed largely due to each side’s inability to pull the trigger. Both were contesting well up front and generally using good structures. Churchie 2. Joe Warriner continued his good form around the park, as did 7. Digger MacMillan. 5. Luke Shepherd also got through some work. For Terrace, props Kasch and Green were throwing their weight around, with 5. Will Ovenden and 15. O’Rourke also impressing. The second half was a better spectacle than the first. Both teams played some quality rugby. Despite at times shirking the contact at the coal face, that both sides played in the same manner allowed for an open contest. In the 46th minute and having been in the red zone for only a handful of phases, Churchie scored their first (and only) try. From a midfield ruck, 6. Michael Gunn lumbered up as an apparent decoy runner headed straight for Terrace 4. Isaac French. Accelerating and stepping off his left at the last minute, he received a flat bullet pass from 9. Quigley and had little work to do to get to the line. 13-7 to Churchie. Things slowly got more pressing for Terrace. Working the ball into Churchie’s half, they began seriously pressuring the Churchie defence for many phases before an error or indiscretion would disrupt their progress. Soon, they’d seem to rapidly find themselves back in Churchie’s half and be pressuring again. As the match wound closer to full time, Terrace got closer and closer to the Churchie line, until for an eight minute period at the end of the half they sat metres out for minutes on end. A try seemed inevitable; Churchie were absorbing plenty of intense pressure. Finally, something gave. A strong run from Terrace 3. Green bent the line and drew men in, and a fumbled pass on the subsequent phase meant that Churchie’s 10. Eason mistimed his tackle. At the clutch moment, on full time, Terrace scored out wide. 13-12 to Churchie, kick to come. 12. Dalgleish stepped up to the tee, but the ball sailed well left of the sticks. 13-12 to Churchie, full time. Finally, and after his missed kick, Churchie 3. Jack Leamon and 13. Jaidon Schafer immediately went to console Dalgleish, embracing him in a genuine hug. It was an impressive display of sportsmanship.
    $10

    TGS v NC – 1st XV (2012)

    2012 GPS Rugby Union - Round 7 - First XV

    Nudgee College (A) - 22 def. Toowoomba Grammar School (H) - 19

    At home, Toowoomba have proven to be quite the formidable foe this year, with a string of strong performances over fancied sides. Challengers Nudgee would have been well aware of the calibre of men laying in wait up the range. Conversely though, Nudgee have themselves dominated many opponents so far this year. With the match underway, Nudgee immediately played their hand, exhibiting a great willingness to use the ball and putting the Toowoomba defence on its heels early. Inside the Toowoomba 22 in less than 90 seconds, Nudgee were looking strong until a crunching hit out of the line by Toowoomba 13. Drew Jordan affected the turnover and brought things undone. Some grafting play over the next few minutes settled things a little, until Toowoomba were able to get over the line. Going blind from the ruck base, 4. Phil Potgieter drew the man well and put 6. Tom Loane in to space, though still with some work to do. Showing good skills, the try was scored from 20 metres out. 5-0. With a little further play, Nudgee’s intent was confirmed. They adeptly changed the pace of the game at will, and had decoy runners charging in at all angles. That said, Toowoomba Grammar were doing well to get off the line and shut off Nudgee’s space, making the hard tackles when needed. A breakthrough came in the 15th minute, with 11. Robinson caught flat footed by a fast 4-on-2 attack. Toowoomba defenders rushed to cover, but Nudgee 14. Jamie Deshon did well in minimal space. 5-5. Five minutes later, Nudgee were able to score again. Again making good metres downfield through their probing backs (led superbly by 10. Paddy James), they worked their way into a good position, earning a bread and butter forwards try for their efforts. 12-5 and half time. Nudgee had had the better of the opening half, but you got the feeling they would soon tire – they’d been playing at fast-forward for much of the half. They were a well-oiled machine, each man knowing his role. That being the case, Toowoomba Grammar nonetheless were resisting very well, stifling Nudgee’s play often. Backs were quick to get to their feet at the tackle to contest the ball and their forwards were working hard. 7. Stuart Bougoure was being an absolute pest with a handful of key turnovers. When they had the ball, the Toowoomba backs seemed to have no space to work in. Nonetheless, they frequently made metres through the contact zone with good leg drive, allowing time for support to arrive and some fast recycling. It was good to watch. The second half opened with an early try to Nudgee, again through their forwards. 19-5 to Nudgee. Immediately afterwards, Toowoomba worked their way deep into Nudgee territory. Twice shunning penalty shots from good positions, Toowoomba sought a try. After minutes of sustained pressure, a set play saw 13. Jordan come flying in on an unders line to crash over, but be held up. Struggling to weather the strong Nudgee scrum, Toowoomba were able to clear the ball. Finally, a few phases later the ball was pushed through a heap of bodies by 5. Alec Stevens to be grounded on the line. 19-12, and the comeback was on. After a penalty and some good work off a lineout, Toowoomba earned a try. With some sloppy bind side defence from Nudgee, 13. Jordan made the most of a 3-on-1 overlap to dive over in the corner. With 9. Adam Deck’s conversion holding true from the sideline despite high winds, the game was tied up at 19 apiece with fifteen minutes to play. The intensity and evenness of competition continued. Eight minutes from time, 13. Jordan got his fingertips to a loose Nudgee pass but was unable to hold on for the almost inevitable try. With six to go, a promising Nudgee raid was bundled into touch. From the subsequent lineout, the Nudgee backs swamped Toowoomba’s inside men, pinning them 15 metres behind the advantage line – what was to be a crucial territorial claim. With the pressure on, both teams started to make uncharacteristic errors, with knock-ons and charge downs aplenty. Finally, at 3 minutes to go and deep in the Toowoomba half, Nudgee were awarded a penalty nearly in front of the sticks for offside. Duly slotted, Nudgee were up 22-19. The match not over, Nudgee 7. Henry Fitzgerald quickly snared the ball from the restart and, brushing off numerous would-be tacklers in a strong run, found his way almost to the line. Toowoomba scrambled their defence well, and despite some last-minute Toowoomba possession, Nudgee were able to shut the game down. Full time, 22-19. Toowoomba showed their mettle in a great fixture, but Nudgee were all class. 10. Paddy James was exceptional, and it was hard to pick out individuals in the Nudgee pack – they worked hard as a unit all day. Their likely premiership-deciding fixture against Brisbane Grammar at Ross Oval in two weeks’ time will be one for the ages.
    $10

    IGS v BBC – 15A (2012)

    2012 GPS Rugby Union - Round 7 - 15A

    Ipswich Grammar School (H) - 37 def. Brisbane Boys' College (A) - 5

    Match summary coming soon.
    $10

    IGS v BBC – 16A (2012)

    2012 GPS Rugby Union - Round 7 - 16A

    Ipswich Grammar School (H) - 41 def. Brisbane Boys' College (A) - 7

    Match summary coming soon.
    $10

    IGS v BBC – 2nd XV (2012)

    2012 GPS Rugby Union - Round 7 - Second XV

    Brisbane Boys' College (A) - 18 def. Ipswich Grammar School (H) - 15

    Match summary coming soon.
    $10

    IGS v BBC – 1st XV (2012)

    2012 GPS Rugby Union - Round 7 - First XV

    Ipswich Grammar School (H) - 31 def. Brisbane Boys' College (A) - 18

    BBC got off to a nightmare start, making a mess of the kickoff receipt to gift Ipswich possession deep in their 22. A few phases later and barely warmed up, the scoreboard read 3-0 to Ippy. Strong and well-drilled in attack, the BBC pack went to butter during defensive breakdowns – whenever IGS held the ball for an extended period, it seemed they could do whatever they liked with it. They needed to make little effort to retain possession. Nonetheless, and despite a raft of penalties, the BBC defence held solid up until the 14th minute, when 11. Thomas McKitrick was able to employ a simple winger’s finish in the corner. 10-0. Referee Steve Leszczynski – a Super Rugby TMO – had taken an early stance on BBC’s play, with both 4. Luke Peterson and 8. Bronson Tauakipulu on the end of stern rebukes in the opening minutes. 9. Mikey Dyring was told to have words with his men – the penalties had already not been helpful, a sin-binning could be seriously damaging. In possession soon after Ipswich’s try, BBC struggled to offer much in attack and never really troubled the defence. Passes were telegraphed early and tackles listlessly accepted – defenders were not drawn and nor was there much in the way of leg drive in contact – or desperation of any kind, for that matter. Finally, after minutes of easy defence, Ipswich took advantage of a knock-on turnover with 12. Mikaele Tela splitting the two BBC props in the defensive line and running sixty metres to put compatriot 13. Landon Hayes over under the posts. 17-0. BBC 12. Nathan Russell then found himself with an enforced rest for his team’s repeated infringements. Recovering well, BBC soon had an attacking lineout on the Ipswich 5m line on the back of an Ipswich knock-on and a subsequent penalty. Seeking to replicate past weeks’ successes, they brought the ball down at the front and the forwards rumbled, though struggled to make any real inroads against the strong Ipswich pack. Out of nowhere and picking the ball at the ruckbase, BBC 8. Tauakipulu bounced through four defenders at close range and clawed one back for his side. With a penalty soon after, BBC got to within a converted try – 17-10. In the shadows of halftime (the hooter had sounded), Ipswich then drew away again with a strong crashball from the mammoth 3. Latham Takau under the posts. 24-10 at half time.
    Things improved slightly in the second stanza. BBC came out hungrier and some sustained early pressure earned a deserved early penalty. The joy was short-lived however, with TGS 2. David Harris making a great bust from 28 metres out to score next to the posts in the first phase after the restart (showing up BBC 15. Josh Bowyer’s soft defence in the process). 31-13. BBC then, finally, started to play rugby. Spurred by 10. Bryce Brown, the men in green suddenly started to take on the line and ask questions of the defence. 10. Brown himself made a number of solid runs, with many others including 12. Russell and 14. Brodie Collins finally finding some space around the fringes. Camped on the Ipswich line for many minutes, College were looking a vastly improved side when 8. Tauakipulu and 9. Dyring combined for a basic try from the scrumbase in the 20th minute. 31-18. The score, and match generally, proceeded unchanged to full time. There were few bright lights for either side, with both playing well below their best. BBC will take consolation from their success at keeping Ipswich scoreless for the bulk of the second half.