Day 1: Noosa Dolphins v Takapuna Grammar School

    Takapuna Grammar School - 29 def. Noosa Dolphins - 28

    The first 20 minutes was a half of two halves. The Dolphins came out firing, and within ten minutes had scored two well-worked (converted) tries. After a sloppy start TGS seemed to awake, with two quick tries with basketball-esque offloads and beautiful running lines to boot. 14-10 at halftime to the Dolphins. Both teams exchanged tries in the second half, featuring both strong forward play and textbook backs polish (with a perfect winger's finish from TGS). With the final play called at 28-22 to the Dolphins, the game looked to be won, when TGS scored a well worked, well executed try in broken play to leave the scores at 28-27. Their kicker, having not had the best of days, made the kick that mattered. 29-28 to TGS (five tries to four).

    Day 1: John Paul College v UQ Heavies

    John Paul College - 11 def. UQ Heavies - 5

    The match opened with UQ placing persistent pressure on JPC's line, having a substantial territory dominance, offering some exciting attack and generally being constantly strong in contact. Having weathered the storm and maintaining a clean sheet, JPC then turned the tables and applied the blowtorch back on UQ. Exciting play became old news, and it turned into a gritty fight for inches. UQ's defence was tested and similarly, gave away no tries and only one unlucky penalty in general play. 3-0 to JPC. The second half opened with much the same dour play, though after a penalty in the seventh minute (6-0), UQ hit straight back with a great try (unconverted) in the eighth (6-5). The match seesawed, with neither side able to get points on the board until JPC were able to get over the line nearing full time, taking scores to 11-5. UQ had one final shot and instituted an immense 13-man rolling maul, only for the ball to be knocked on over the line. That being UQ's last shot, the score remained unchanged and JPC thus got their second win of the day, and UQ their second defeat.

    Day 1: Bethlehem College v Noosa Dolphins

    Bethlehem College - 20 def. Noosa Dolphins - 17

    A fantastic Day 1 match saw the Noosa Dolphins go down to Bethlehem College in a tight one. Between the teams, three great tries were scored in the first half, exhibiting rugby basics done very well - players moved the ball to space with quick, accurate passing, good support play and running from depth. Coupled with patience and some great running lines, some high-quality rugby resulted. Bethlehem College were up 13-5 at the break. At half time, it seemed like the match could open up into a high-scoring affair, but this didn't eventuate. Two tries in the second had the Dolphins ahead 13-17 up and it seemed as if this might be the final scoreline. On the final play of the match, however, Bethlehem College counter-attacked from 65 metres out, and having worked through numerous phases and regathering possession after a few dropped passes (knocked backwards), the got over the line near the corner. The kick wasn't needed to secure the victory, but was nailed regardless.

    Day 1: Takapuna Grammar School v UQ Heavies

    Takapuna Grammar School - 36 def. UQ Heavies - 0

    After a tight start where both teams sought to play direct rugby, TGS were able to to take the lead with three quick tries. While every pass seemed to stick for TGS, it never felt like UQ were out of touch or being comprehensively outplayed as the scoreline suggested. Too often for UQ, it was the final pass that went to ground, or some other error close to the line. TGS were up 24-0 at half time, running in four tries, including one resulting from a charge-down of a UQ clearing kick. They added a further two tries in the second half, both showing off some excellent finishing out wide. Their final try was a length-of-the-field movement that included three toe-aheads. Great skills. UQ should feel hard done by to have not have gotten any points up in what was an entertaining and deceptively hard-fought match.

    Day 1: Bethlehem College v John Paul College

    John Paul College - 26 def. Bethlehem College - 0

    John Paul College got the better of Bethlehem College in the first fixture of Southern Skies rugby in 2012. The first half saw JPC put on a clinical display of rugby, playing a patient, territory-orientated game with forwards hungry for the contest. With JPC up 19-0 at halftime, BC came out in the second half refreshed and determined, playing much tighter and more disciplined rugby, seeing the match tighten up considerably. JPC only got over the line once in the second half, taking the full time score to 26-0, with a double to JPC's #16.