Adrian Blundell  |  Director of Rugby

1st XV: TSS 53 – BSHS 29

TSS started on a positive note and good forward work resulted in Tyrell Kopua scoring out wide. Campbell Parata just missed with the conversion attempt and he continued to take all kicks throughout the match, which resulted in 13 points from five conversions and one penalty. State High recovered quickly and scored out wide and converted. Strong defence near the line prevented BSHS from scoring via pick and go movements. They spent quite a bit of time in the TSS half and converted a penalty.

Two good clearing kicks from Campbell put pressure back on BSHS and from a clearing kick Max Dowd made a significant break down the left side and then the ball was sent to the far side of the field for Egan Siggs to run over twenty metres to score out wide. From a dropped ball from the kick-off BSHS displayed good continuity to score near the corner. Repeatedly attacking the try line TSS were stunned when the opposition winger made an intercept and ran the full length of the field to score under the posts, and with the conversion TSS are down 12-22 and it was half time.

Coach Wallace had a few points about tackling, playing direct and showing patience and character. This advice worked and Koen Dovey scored near the corner. Soon after, TSS turnover the ball from a scrum and then do the same to BSHS and Reno Gerrard, who nearly did not play due to sickness, picked up the loose ball and raced some fifty metres. Then with good support the ball eventually hits Max on the fly for him to step one defender and score under the posts.

Zane Nonggorr had been making some barging runs and finally he was rewarded with a try. Campbell and Max had made some significant clearing kicks and from a BSHS sloppy scrum Reno pounced on the ball to barge over the try line. A number of substitutions were made in the last fifteen minutes and all boys displayed good team- work. When the BSHS fullback, who had been quite dangerous, fumbled a kick, Tom Taylor was on the spot to grab the ball and sprint some twenty five metres to score in the corner. Finally, after some excellent passing from one side of the field to the other Noah Lolesio times a lovely pass for Max to run another fifteen metres to score and with the conversion and fulltime the score was 53-29. An outstanding second half and it was great to see five forwards scoring from the opposition mistakes or being out wide in the attack line.

The honourable mentions from the coaches went to Max, Noah, Campbell and Reno. Points went to Spencer Jeans 1, Egan Siggs 2 and Zane Nonggorr 3.

What a great start to the Open Rugby Season! The boys asserted their dominance and had wins across four out of the five games. The boys are to be commended on their efforts in what is going to be a competitive season. Next week we travel to Toowoomba to take on The Toowoomba Grammar School.


2nd XV: TSS 33 – BSHS nil

The 2nd XV’s structure and determination proved too much for Brisbane State High on Saturday. The boys started strong developing a rhythm and continuity that lasted throughout the game. The forwards were disciplined and the backs capitalised on the opportunities presented to them. The boys are to be commended on a united team effort to bring the final score to 33 – Nil in TSS’s favour.

Tries: Jett Thornburgh, Mitchell Backler, Jim Chapman, Jack Giles, Henry Morris

Conversions: Tyler Wright x 5


3rd XV: TSS 74 – BSHS nil

The 3rd XV dominated from the outset with the final score being 74-Nil. BSHS was taken by surprise when TSS scored early and set the tone for the remainder of the game. The boys continued to gain momentum as they executed set plays and played a well-disciplined game. TSS maximised every opportunity given to them and worked together to ensure a fantastic outcome.

Tries: Henry Morris x 2; Ryle Harte x 2, Grady Sinclair; Oskar Morris, Bill Donaldson, Charlie Bindon, Patrick Murtagh, Callum Jackson, Fraser Donald, Harry Smith

Conversions: Geoffrey Swan x 5; Patrick Murtagh, Callum Jackson


4th XV: TSS 17 – TGS 12

The 4th XV’s team work and quick feet saw them come away with a victory over BSHS. With a large number of players vying for a position in the 4th XV, Greg Norman, coach, will have a difficult task choosing a team next week after their efforts on the field on Saturday. Final Score was 17-5.

Tries: Will Kemp, Travis Taylor, Louie Corkill

Conversion: Louie Corkill


5th XV/6th XV: TSS 10 – TGS 12

The 5th/6th XV was a great game to watch. With many boys wanting to play it became evident how much they love the game and their passion for the sport. It was an evenly matched game with errors and glimpses of excellence from both sides. The communication on the field and support from the players on the sideline made for a very enjoyable game to watch. Final result was very close with TSS going down 10-12 to The Toowoomba Grammar School.

Tries: Kaimana Barry, Josh Moss


16A: TSS 35 – BSHS 14

The 16 age group started the season with dominant wins in all three games played against BSHS. The boys attacked with vigour and defended with determination that unsettled their opponents. Coaches Bromley, Anderson, Smith, Connor, Blake, Leo Levy, Coco and Rice were more than pleased with the boys’ efforts in the first game of what will be a very competitive season. Next week we travel to the Downs where we will play Toowoomba Grammar School. Games are always very close particularly with the cooler temperatures and travel time disadvantaging the visiting team.

The 16 A team had a comfortable win TSS 35 to BSHS 14. The boys played in patches and will need to be a lot more consistent if they are to be successful against the stronger GPS Schools. There were glimpses of excellent play and this team coached by Mr Bromley and Mr Anderson will be a worthy opposition to all competing Schools. Try scorers were Will Grant – 2 and one apiece to Boyd Radel, Alex Walker and Jesse Grey. Will Grant has a one hundred per cent success rate with the boot kicking all five conversions.


16B: TSS 45 – BSHS nil

The 16B team team totally dominated the opposition winning 45-0. The boys ran hard all game and played with controlled aggression. They never let their guard down and were relentless for the entire fifty minutes of the game. Try scorers were Ben Owen – 2, Matthew Eddowes – 2 and one each to James Murray, Lachlan Ferry and Zac Shore. Lachlan Ferry converted a highly respectable five times with the boot for conversions.


16C/D: TSS 35 – TGS nil

The 16C/D teams player a half each against visiting Toowoomba Grammar School. Both teams played well with the final result TSS 35  to TGS 0. Many of these boys are still learning the fundamentals of the game and enjoyment is their main reason for participation. Try scorers were Anthony Apana, Tom Cannington, Finn Bongers, Pauliasi Nadakutavuki and Matthew Eddowes. Conversions were kicked by Matthew Eddowes – 4 and Ben Kinivan.


15A: TSS 12 – BSHS 19

The 15 A team had a hard fought battle with State High. In a high standard game, TSS were ahead by 5-0 at half time after some controlled play. The teams focus lapsed early in the second half in which State High scored two quick tries hitting the lead 5-12. The boys recovered, scoring an excellent team try to tie up the game 12-12 late in the second half. With both teams having opportunities, the State High team winger scored an excellent individual try to break the deadlock late in the game. The boys can hold their heads high for their excellent effort in an entertaining game.

Try scorers were Dion Knight and Joseph Devlin with Caid Jenkins kicking a conversion.


15B: TSS nil – BSHS 53

The 15 B team put in a great effort for the first game of the season against a very strong State High team. The game was one of two halves with the boys being dominated by the opposition in the first half. To their credit, the TSS team fought back hard only conceding two tries in the second half. The boys showed character and perseverance throughout the match when they could have easily given up.


15C: TSS 5 – BBC 55

The 15C had a hit out against a very talented BBC side. The boys played with great spirit and enthusiasm but were outscored in the end. Chris Thompson scored a great try set up by a Hudson Faulkner kick in a planned move. The team needs more reserves so if there is any boy interested in playing then we will see you at training Tuesday and Thursday.


14A: TSS 19 – BSHS 55

The  A’s faced a considerable challenge as they were up against quite a large and mobile BSHS side.  TSS’s impressive line speed was unfortunately overshadowed by their one on one defence with missed tackles allowing the opposition to score a number of unanswered tries in the first half.  The boys remained steadfast and fought hard all the way to the end eventually finding their way to the line three times late in the second half.  Plenty to work on next week with a focus on maintaining possession in attack.

Tries: Jojo Fifita, Tom Kelly, Rabura Rabura; Conversions: Cooper McGeary x 2

Best Forward – Josh Batt; Best Back – Kaleb Ngamanu


14B: TSS 21 – BSHS 10

The B’s worked hard with both sides trading blows in the first half.  Although there were some minor lapses in concentration, good tackling and counter rucking provided plenty of opportunity for turnovers.  Confident, hard running allowed plenty of momentum to continually push forward into opposition territory resulting in dominant second half for TSS.  Team defence and pressure will be this week’s focus to build on the great start to the season.

Tries: Jack Poidevin, Charlie Chandler, Rabura Rabura; Conversions: Jack Poidevin x 3

Best Forward – Jake Gillet; Best Back – Jack Poidevin


14C/D:  TSS 68 – BBC 10

Due to limited numbers in opposition the C’s and D’s played a combined game consisting of three thirty minute halves.  This provided an opportunity for some boys to test themselves in positions they were not familiar with, and some impressive individual performances gave the coaches plenty to think about for round 2.  The format tested the boys concentration but good communication and organised defence allowed TSS to gain a considerable lead resulting in a comfortable win for our first home game.

Tries: George Naylor x 2, Jesse Meo x 2, Jack Sinfield x 2, Guy Gibson, Tom Vanderstock, Christos Vivlios, Nicholas McKenzie, Liberato Vinaccia; Conversions: Josh Popov x 2, George Naylor, Nicholas McKenzie

Best Forward – Callum Whitton; Best Back – Nicholas McKenzie/Tim Murdoch


13A: TSS nil – BSHS 34

With trial games against Toowoomba Grammar, Downlands College and a holiday rugby camp under their collective belts, the 13A team went into Saturday’s game against Brisbane State High School with great expectations. From the kick off the more sizeable State High team tested the Southport defence. The boys from West End probed the TSS line for most of the first half but were kept out by some determined defence. The TSS scrum also demonstrated their skill in holding their heavier opponents. However, sustained pressure from all quarters by the BSHS team, reaped several point scoring rewards for their efforts. State High won the game 34 – nil. The team looks forward testing their mettle against the TGS ‘Mountain Men’ next week.


13B: TSS 12 – BSHS 27

The 13B side, with limited preparation, acquitted themselves well against their more fancied State High opponents. In what was a reasonable even tussle in the first half both teams matched each other well. Tries by Matthew Worsley and Harry Ward kept the Southport boys in the hunt and injected renewed enthusiasm into both their attack and defence. However, at the final whistle the team had fallen short of the State High mark and had to settle for second place.


13C: TSS nil – BBC 68

The 13C team took to the field full of enthusiasm although many of the forwards were back-up for their second game of the morning. Despite their limited preparation, the team gave a good account of themselves. The weary forwards in particular demonstrated an effect drive in the rucks and mauls, holding their own or winning numerous encounters. “It was pleasing to see the players putting into practise the skills they have been developing during training,” started Coach Close.


13D: TSS 5 – BBC 61

With the dew still heavy on the morning grass, the rugby neophytes of the 13Ds took the field for the first game of the season. Many of these young TSS boys were playing their first game of rugby in their lives. Despite being out matched by their more experienced BBC opponents, the team acquitted themselves well. Throughout the match the TSS boys were able to put together numerous sections of structured and disciplined play. During one such interlude, the team made a foray toward the BBC line, which resulted in Harvey Butler steaming over for a try. These boys have a long way to go in the rugby journey but they have made a very encouraging start.


12A: TSS 14 – BSHS 21

Hopes were high for the 12A’s, meeting State High at home, but it was not to be as BSHS jumped to a 14-nil lead within 10 minutes and with a couple more tries held this lead until half time (21-7).  Missed tackles and lack of commitment to the breakdown were the reason for letting the opposition in for some easy tries.  Come the second half though, the mood for TSS changed after a spirited halftime chat by coaches.

The ruck control was much improved, and the backs actually saw some ball to the wingers. TSS scored another try, and the hunt was on to have the first win of the season. Unfortunately, time ran out, and BSHS got the win over a much-improved 2nd half performance.

Emerson Rameau showed all why he was judged Player of the Match with an outstanding effort in knocking down boys twice his size, short but effective runs to break BSHS defence, and spirited play all round.  Bring on training this week, in preparation for TGS in Toowoomba next Saturday.

Player of Match: Emerson Rameau.

Tries: Murphy, Steinfort; Conversion: 2 x Statham


12B: TSS 57 – BSHS 12

The strong display by the TSS forward pack helped this team to their first win of the GPS season. It was entertaining for the crowd and coaches alike. They forward pick & drove up the field, and the back ran fast and wide to beat BBC. The pleasing thing is that the extra skills sessions that many of this team have attended prior to the holidays, are now starting to pay off, and this match was a great start for season ahead. Well done…

Tries: Watson x 3, Sargood x 2, Cameron, McDonald, Skipps, Carrigan

Conversions: Watson x 2, Hudson x 2, Cameron

Players of the Match: Connor Watson & Jack Sargood.


12C: TSS 5 – BBC 39

The games started with a whirlwind of tries by the BBC outfit and from here it did not really look that TSS would be in the game. BBC dominated in most areas, and looked to be well skilled. Come the second half though, TSS scored and did look like some signs of improvement, but unfortunately, BBC again replied and blew the score out to score their first win for the season. TSS boys will have to ensure they are all at training this week, as there are a few areas to work on in preparation for their next match v TGS.

Tries: Shuttlewood

Player of the Match – Peter Bousgas.


11A: TSS 52 def BBC 21

A great start to the 2017 campaign for the 11A’s with a solid win over BBC, 52-21. The forwards did their job to give the backs some great ball and they didn’t waste their opportunities scoring 8 tries between them. Aidan Arthur, Will Cox and Billy Wellard ran hard with Aidan scoring 2, Billy 1, Jake McPhee 1 and Tide Garrett cleaning up with 4 tries to his name. The only critics make of the team’s performance is too much sideways running. Straight and hard gentlemen!


11B: TSS 41 def BBC 5

A strong first game in the GPS competition for the 11B’s winning comfortably over BBC 41-5. The boys showed composure early as a much bigger BBC dominated possession and territory. After 5 minutes, our boys started playing good rugby and we looked dangerous every time we went wide. Archie Wallace played well as captain with Jackson Gennari showing a lot of aggression at the break down. Ethan Faber was the stand out forward with two tries to his name and our strongest defender on the day. Jed Gallie also played well and was rewarded with a 5 pointer. Man of the match on the day has to go to Dane Elvin who looked dangerous all day and finished with a personal score of 26 points. Great first game gentlemen.


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