Adrian Blundell | Director of Rugby
The team from round one remained the same and Campbell Parata attempted all kicks. Apart from two early surprise misses from penalties, he then regained his usual fine form and kicked three penalties and three conversions.
Max Dowd made a couple of early breaks and Dan Burns combined in one to be tackled just short of the line. Reno Gerrard made a good break – one of a number-to offload to Koen Dovey who then gave a short pass to Max to score in the corner. A number of turn overs came from both teams, which included one by TGS and shortly after Ronan Kapi came in to make a very punishing legal tackle to cause another turnover and a huge roar from the TSS crowd.
There were a number of penalties both ways and TSS seemed to have the better of the game with a number of half breaks. Zane Nonggorr made one of his blockbusting runs and drew the fullback to give Noah Lolesio a nice little flick pass and he scored under the posts and with the conversion, the score became 17-0.
TSS employed a reasonable deep kick with good chasers to get TGS on the back-foot and finally TSS gained a penalty and another three points. After a TSS fumble from the TGS kick-off they finally score in the corner. Another similar deep kick-off and TGS fumble and Dan Burns scoops the ball up and is again tacked just short of the line. Soon after TGS get a penalty and they made a significant beak down the sideline. TSS regained the ball and Egan Siggs made two good half breaks from rucks and was supported strongly by Lachlan Vine. Noah also made a thirty metre break however, eventually TGS made a seventy metre break down the sideline and scored under the posts, so 20-12. Tom Taylor made strong tackle on a TGS ball carrier resulting in a turnover and soon after another three point penalty.
Noah made another break, offloaded to Egan to barge another ten metres to be tackled just short of the line however Lachlan gets the ball to dive over under the posts and score. Campbell receives the ball from the kick-off and gains significant ground with a big kick. Spencer Jeans gets the loose ball at the end of the lineout and beats three defenders when running thirty five metres to score in the corner. From the kick off another high ball was returned and Noah made a crunching tackle on the catcher resulting in a turnover. Soon after our lineout five metres from the try line results in a slick forward’s move and Egan gets his deserved try right on fulltime and the score became 40-12.
Coaches points went to Ronan Kapi 1, Egan Siggs 2, Reno Gerrard 3 and a honourable mention to the tight work horse, Tom van der Schyff.
A challenging Toowoomba Grammar team tested the 2nd XV this weekend. It was a tough game making it very hard to predict the outcome. Both teams had strong defence and structured set plays. Both sides had lapses in concentration which allowed the other team to capitalise on their errors. Both teams were determined to take home the win. TSS had glimpses of brilliance and the speed of some of our players was impressive. The boys defence with only 14 players for ten minutes was strong and their determination never waned. With minutes to go it looked like TGS had the game won but with the heart and spirit of a true TSS team, the 2nd XV grounded the ball across the try line in the last minute to even the score. Final result was 17 all with tries going to Mitchell Backler, Jackson Lathouras and Jack Giles, Conversion made by Tyler Wright.
The Third XV started the game slowly, with Grammar taking advantage and scoring an early try. With the score 7-0, TSS flicked the switch and began to dominate the game by maintaining majority of the possession and also keeping the play in the Grammar half of the field. After giving away a penalty TGS brought the score to 10-0. With great work from the forwards to work their way down to the Grammar try line yet again, TSS finally finished off the play to allow Franky Maroney-Vita to score under the posts. Geoff Swan converted to make the score 7-10. With 10 minutes to go, the true heart of the team came out, with huge efforts and enthusiasm and loud chants from the crowd. Going into the dying minutes of the game, TSS was unfortunately unable to get across the line, leaving the score 10-7 to Grammar.
An ‘up and down’ game for the 4th XV this week. They showed promise as they completed set plays and the forwards worked hard and held their own in the rucks. Occasionally team defence let the other team dominate and the boys let the pressure affect their concentration. Their team spirit and communication was impressive as was their determination to succeed throughout the game. Some wonderful breaks by a number of players had the crowd cheering for more. Tries went to Scott Robinson and Hamish King with both tries being converted by the magical boot of Tegan Pye. Final outcome had Toowoomba winning the game with the final score being 24-14.
A very enthusiastic and determined 5th XV took the field on Saturday. Unfortunately an early try from Toowoomba Grammar seemed to the rattle the boys and they did not fully recover. More communication and positional play would benefit the team overall and working on their line speed will definitely help in future games. All the boys should be proud of their “never give in” attitude right until the final whistle. They were a credit to their school. The game went to Toowoomba Grammar with the final score being 39-Nil.
After a long bus trip and feeling the wintery morning chill the 6th XV started strongly in what was an evenly matched game. The boys played with great enthusiasm and spirit throughout the game. Whilst there were some minor lapses in concentration and communication the boys were consistent in moving forward throughout the game. Tries went to Ben Spittle and Howey Bassingthwaighte with Jack Rayner converting both tries. In a hard fought game it was a shame that TSS went down to Toowoomba Grammar 15-14.
Our thoughts are with Oscar Churchill who is recovering from surgery for a broken wrist.
As clearly stated in last week’s match report the journey to Toowoomba was always going to be a tough proposition for all TSS teams. The bus journey of two hours combined with the cooler temperatures makes it difficult for all visiting teams. Toowoomba proved to be very formidable and applied stiff opposition to our teams. The boys gave their all and were competitive in all four 16 Age Group games.
The 16 A team was a much different team to the team that played BSHS last week. Coach Bromley had the boys focused from the first minute of the game and 50 mins of intensive pressure was applied by Team TSS. Toowoomba was unable to get on top at any stage of the game. Forwards were aggressive and penetrative in all phases of the game and the backs did not let them down with many scoring opportunities capitalised on.Final score TSS 33 TGS 19.
Try scorers were George Blake, Alex Walker, George Nield, Hamish Roberts and Dion Samuela. Will Grant was again potent with the body converting on four occasions. Next week the boys play Ipswich Grammar School at home.
The 16B, C and D teams all struggled against stronger Toowoomba opposition but all plays played their hearts out.
The 16 B team was defeated 17-5 and Toowoomba’s tackling was ferocious and effective. Nearly all attacks were thwarted by strong defensive play. Coach Smith informed his team to control the ball at all times and to maintain possession at all costs. There was far too much loose ball and this week coaches will concentrate on maintaining possession in all facets of play.
The 16 C team went down 26-12. Again there were costly errors that were capitalised by the opposition. Coaches Blake and Coco will work hard at training this week to get the team focussed for coming fixtures. Tries were scored by Jake Jones and Anthony Apana and Matt Dalton converted once.
The 16 D team was in the hunt for most of their game but went down 10-18. Again Toowoomba tackled with vigour and consistency making try scoring very difficult indeed. Tries were scored by Jake Gray and Gus Connelly.
It was always going to be a difficult week for the 15A with six of its best players out with representative trials. The trip to Toowoomba is very taxing on the boys but with new players coming from the B team, the A’s adapted well putting in a fine performance. The standard of rugby was superb with the boys only conceding one try in the first half. Second half saw a resurgence with the boy’s execution of planned moves resulting the team scoring two tries and taking the lead. They maintained the lead to late in the second half only to lose the game on the last play of the day. Again, the boys can hold their head high for their effort throughout the game. Many thanks for the B’s who stepped up. Tries were scored by James Lee and Caid Jenkins with Caid kicking two conversions. Final score 19-14 to TGS.
The six missing players from the A team meant the B lost players to the A’s, who would normally had strengthen their side. It was always going to be a difficult task against a full strength TGS side for the boys. The players tried hard but fatigue set in with many players from the C team backing up. The team lost convincingly but to their credit, never gave up.
The trip up the mountain was a difficult one for the 15C players. The team started slowly conceding a few tries early but as the game progressed, the boys became more involved into the battle. The team played with plenty of enthusiasm but the opposition played too well and won convincingly. The boys need to work on their defence especially tackling. I encourage as many boys as possible to get down to defencing training on Monday mornings to work on their technique. Any boys wanting a game are encouraged to attend training on Tuesday and Thursday, as the age group needs more players.
TSS struggled to find their feet in the first half allowing TGS to pile on five unanswered tries. TSS returned to the second half a new team scoring their first try straight from the kick off. From there hard rucking, confident running and impressive offloads allowed for plenty of opportunities as TSS took back control of the game scoring another three tries. Unfortunately TGS were able to squeeze in for one last try before full time ending hopes of a comeback.
Best Back – Jojo Fifita; Best Forward – Harry Wells
Tries – Jojo Fifita x 3, Rabura Rabura; Conversions – Cooper McGeary x 4
TGS were the first to score from early pressure, TSS countered but were held up over the line but were eventually rewarded with a runaway try. The first half ended with TGS scoring right on half time. TGS came out strong again with a try early in the second half but from there it was all TSS. TSS fought hard and maintained composure all the way to the end scoring another two tries before full time.
Best Back – Sam Clarke; Best Forward – Charlie Chandler
Tries – Rabura Rabura x 2, Harry Gates
TGS applied pressure right from kick off and were rewarded with two tries in the first half. TSS came back in the second with two tries of their own as a result of patience and good communication. TGS defence was unfortunately too strong for the remainder of the game with a conversion the only difference at full time.
Best Back – Christos Vivlios; Best Forward – Bailey Bennett
Tries – Ben Adams, Hayden Aitchison
TSS started strong scoring a try within the first five minutes. This set the tone as TSS piled on another 15 points in the first half. TGS returned in the second half with renewed enthusiasm scoring their only try early but were no match for TSS’ confidence and commitment replying with another 2 tries to maintain an uncatchable lead resulting in a solid win.
Best Back – Diesel Donnelly; Best Forward – Lucas Piper
Tries – Lucas Piper x 2, Jai Yuen x 2, Joseph Green, Diesel Donnelly
Conversions – Joshua Statham, Hamilton Howard, Liberato Vinaccia
The 13s had an awesome week of effort shown from all participants on Saturday, win loose or draw there were many smiles, with a few tough lessons in between.
The 13A’s had a tight match that came down to the last quarter. They certainly showed their speed in the backline and true grit upfront, but unfortunately just fell short in the end. This team of boys will be an impressive group with a few more weeks together.
The 13B were outstanding this week, with lots of structure and “plays” in place they finished with a tight 5 all draw (with some long injury time due to a severe TGS injury) but certainly deserved the win, given another few minutes the outcome may have been different. The 13Bs and their coaches will be a winning combination over the next few weeks. Great performances from both Oliver’s and Liam.
The 13 C and D teams this week played a combination of players, giving everyone game time, and more experience. With a few great tries down the wings, these boys showed some great ball and communication skills that they can work with quickly.
Well done to all boys participating and best of luck this week.
Unfortunately, like the 12B side, TSS didn’t particularly start well and it’s just continued that way for the remainder of the game. Glimpses of what we had worked on in training, mixed with missed opportunities, inconsistent handling, a dominant TGS forward pack, and even a lack of penetration by our backs could not get the visitors on top. TGS seemed to have a much more dominant side in phases and TSS just couldn’t break through their defence, even after changing from a Pod/Sharky drive to Pick & Drive game format, we still couldn’t cross until the dying minutes. A single try was scored by replacement prop Gleeson but by then TGS has wrapped up the match 21 – 7
Player of the match: Etienne Chabert
After a slow start the TSS 12Bs started to warmup and found their feet in a game that seemed to all one-sided for the first 20mins. Cold hands, poor handling and a few little mistakes at the breakdown plagued the enthusiastic Southport side. Half time could not come quick enough but in true spirit, the tide was starting to turn for the visitors. After an animated chat with the coaches, the second half started in a flurry with TSS dominating phase ball and their opponents. Like the waves on Surfers Paradise beach, tries kept coming and TSS scored 4 tries in the last 15 mins, to close out the match and score their second win for the season, 24-10 over Toowoomba. Well done boys.
Tries: Morris, Watson, Hudson & Sargood; Conversions: Watson, Cameron
Player of the Match: Will Gatenby
The game against Gregory Terrace was played with a blend of competitive friendship and true rugby spirit. TSS fronted with only 13 players and through both halves GT supported us with two extra players to give us a competitive chance. Jack Tee lead the boys as a hard working example with Sam Robertson, Lachlan Hurley, Ben Shuttlewood and the tenacious Martin Price showing improving form. But the Man-of-the-Match performance belonged to Dan Atthow who, pulled off try saving tackles at least four times and gained many valuable metres with ball in hand. While we suffered a loss on the scoreboard we certainly had success through improvement and enjoyment.
Player of the Match: Dan Atthow
Tough day out! The boys came up against a larger tougher opposition. A great effort by everyone but a jump up in standard and opposition. Plenty to work on in the tackling department on Wednesday.
Special mention to Will Cox for his outstanding defensive efforts.
A much tougher game to our first and a sign that we are going to have to lift to be competitive this GPS season. We matched Toowoomba in a lot of areas which made for a competitive match to watch but were completely dominated at the ruck. Guess what we’re working on this Wednesday. Ethan Faber worked hard as captain, Matthew Fletcher was brave and man of the match was birthday boy, Jed Gallie.
Rd 3 is vs IGS @ Home with some teams travelling AWAY for supplementary games.
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