Adrian Blundell | Director of Rugby
The game started without Koen Dovey at outside centre so Ronan Kapi moved to that position and Lotario Nona made his run on debut as a winger. Ipswich had the kick off which was followed by a penalty to them and kicks from both sides, and a couple of very hard tackles on TSS players. A quick throw in by Max Dowd to Tom van der Schyff saw him make a barging run and then Ronan received the ball to continue the break on the far side of the field and he passed to Lotario for him to finish a fine movement and score near the posts. Campbell Parata converted this but then left the field due to an eye injury. Tyler Wright came on and had a competent game but had to be replaced during the second half due to the official total game time played rule.
IGS quickly scored from a break down the sideline from within their twenty two. They did not convert this and then missed a forty metre penalty attempt. Spencer Jeans received a yellow card and shortly after successive pick and drives got IGS over the line out wide. Good work from the TSS forwards saw a ruling of held up over the line however from the next play Noah Lolesio backed himself and carried two defenders over the line ten in from the corner and Tyler just missed with his conversion attempt. Determined forward defence keeps IGS out after successive pick and drives near the line then it was half time with the score 12-10.
IGS kick off and there is a TSS mistake then we gain a penalty then IGS get the same around the twenty two and soon after score and convert. Tyler landed a penalty then the TSS forwards hold IGS up over the line. Some good kicking gets TSS near the line and Noah bumps and bounces off a few defenders to score near the posts and Tyler converted. Two mistakes from TSS saw IGS again inside the twenty two and they scored near the corner and their kick hits the upright and stayed out so the score is 22-22.
Boyd Radel and Dion Samuela and now on so another reshuffle of positions in the backline had occurred. Dion received a kick and made an exciting fifty metre run. From some tough play and a penalty to TSS, Reno Gerrard made a determined run and nearly scores however from the next scrum he does score out wide however Noah missed the kick, so 27-22. Disappointing play from TSS allows IGS in the twenty two and sooner after they score and the conversion glances the upright to stay in.
Good hands allows Dion another break but then a turnover near the line. TSS regain the ball after a great TSS scrum returns the ball for a last chance. Another scrum and Reno barged over the line, well the referee gets there too late, ruled held up and blows fulltime with the score 27-29. Heart breaking!
Coach’s points went to a number of forwards who are not always noticed as much as the backs out in the open. Noah Lolesio and Lachlan Vine 1 and 2 points each to Tom Taylor and Tom van der Schyff.
The 2nd XV were strong from the very first whistle on Saturday. A highly motivated team who worked well together saw them outshine IGS in both attack and defence. Good communication allowed smart rugby to be played, with the boys executing some great set plays. The TSS 2nd XV dominated the game by maintaining majority of the possession leading them to a resounding victory of 39 to Nil.
Tries: Jett Thornburgh; Bill Donaldson x 2; Tyrone Honeysett; Patrick Murtagh x 2; Jack Giles. Conversion: Tyler Wright x 2
The TSS 3rd XV dominated the first 15 minutes of this game, determined to keep the touring Bishop Wordsworth School on the back foot. Their attacking game was strong and kept the touring side in their own 40 for a good part of the first half. Eventually BWS found gaps in the defence allowing them to break through and score tries. The second half saw a more determined TSS team as they worked hard to rectify their structure and strengthen their defence. As the boys started to tire and with three injuries in quick succession Wordsworth used smart plays and scored quick consecutive tries to leave the final score at very different to what it looked like in the opening minutes. A huge congratulations to the 3rd XV on a fantastic performance vs a touring 1st XV team from the UK.
The 4th XV game started slowly and the TSS boys were immediately put on the defensive. Once they started working as a team and attacking with structure the defence began to open up. From there the players developed their rhythm, communicating and capitalising on any errors from the opposing side. A number of tries followed with the final score being TSS: 43 – IGS: 7.Special recognition for Travis Taylor who had a great game as half back before unfortunately being taken off with an ankle injury.
Tries: Andrew Tauber x 2; Travis Taylor; Kaimana Barry; Scott Robinson; Don Visman x 2. Conversions: Tegan Pye x 4
What a great win from the 5th XV on Saturday. It was a shaky start for the team but once they came together as a team their set plays worked and points were put on the board. It was the first time the 5th XV had contested scrums and the forwards did a fantastic job. They played with heart and passion and in the words of their coach, Bruce Rutherford, “they were awesome”.
Tries: Justin Brunskill x 2; Ollie Smith; Andre Foster (penalty try). Conversion: Lachlan Chesterman
The 16 Age Group bounced back magnificently winning all three games at TSS on Saturday. The boys were on the ball from the first kick off in all their games and are to be commended on their focus and commitment. All coaches were pleased with their teams on Saturday. Next week is an away fixture against BBC in Brisbane.
The 16 A team totally dominated IGS winning convincingly 55-0. The boys dominated all facets of the game and are now three wins from three games. Coach Bromley is really pleased with how the boys are developing their game play and skills. They are moulding into a very competent unit and will prove hard to beat this season. Tries were scored by Alex walker 3, Luc Lyndon 2 and Jonah Wilson 2 and one apiece to Marlon Jones and Duke Robertson. Will Grant continues to be accurate with the boot converting five times.
The 16 B team played the 2nd XV from British College, Bishop Wordsworth. It was great to see the boys have an International this season and the game was a cracker with TSS winning narrowly 15-10. The game was physical and tense with good play from both Schools. Try scorers for TSS were Dean Burton, James Murray and Ben Owen.
The 16 C team played the IGS 16B team. The boys really improved on last week’s performance winning 21-5. The boys are playing well under the tutorship of Coaches Coco and Blake and they thoroughly deserved their win.Tries were scored by Dylan Clough, Ben Kinivan and Zac Shore. Zac also converted all three tries.
The 16 D team did not have a game at TSS on Saturday but were fortunate to arrange a game with Nudgee College in Brisbane. They played ten aside a game and despite valiant efforts against a much bigger opposition went down 12-35. According to coach Harry Rice, “the boys managed to make clean tackles and make runs up the pitch. Overall the game was challenge for the boys and they will be able to improve from it.”
Next week 16 A, B, C and D teams will play in Brisbane.
For the third week in a row, the team fought hard but unfortunately have just fallen short of the win. Going into the half time at 10 all, the second half was always going to be an entertaining one. Some great tries were scored by both teams with TSS leading late in the game once again. A slight lack of focus from the kick-off after a TSS try, gave IGS the opportunity to steel the win from the boys. Concentration and control, late in the game has cost the team once again and is one area the boys need to work on. The match was highly entertaining, played at a high standard once again. Try scorers were Nash Thornburg, Harry Vousty and Jordan Sergis. Caid Jenkins scored three conversions and kicked one penalty goal.
This team continues to improve as the season progresses. The first half saw IGS take a commanding lead but the boys came out fighting in the second half improving their defence. Self-belief came back to the team after scoring their first try. A great comeback was on the cards but IGS secured the win with a couple of late tries. The team can take heart in outscoring IGS in the second half. Two tries were scored by Hunter Bierne and one by Hunter Houlahan. Bayley Vine had one conversion.
With IGS not having a team, the boys had a hit out against a BBC side. It was good to see a few more boys turn up to play as well as a few B players filling in. This was a highly entertaining game with the lead changing many times throughout the match. In the end, the boys just fell short of the win but showed plenty of spirit. It was a much-improved defensive effort, which allowed plenty of scope for some great attack. Chris Thompson scored two tries with Matt Chaffey and Max Fuhrmann contributing one each. I strongly encourage all boys who want a game to turn up for training on Tuesday and Thursday.
IGS were the first on the board not long after kick off. TSS had their measure responding with three tries in quick succession. IGS were able to squeeze in another try before half time. TSS came into the second half in front unfortunately one on one errors allowed IGS to be the first to score again. TSS worked hard creating plenty of opportunities to score their fourth try. Injuries and illness finally took its toll with IGS running in a number of tries before full time to seal their fate. This game was another display of how much this team is improving this season.
Try scorers: Jojo Fifita (2), Kaleb Ngamanu, Rabura Rabura; Conversions: Cooper McGeary (2)
Best Back: Kaleb Ngamanu; Best Forward: Cooper McGeary
IGS came out strong with a runaway try within the first few minutes. TSS replied with constant pressure and after being held up over the line were eventually rewarded with two tries before half time. Both teams traded blows in the second half unfortunately TSS let themselves down with ball security allowing IGS to edge ahead by full time. Although it was a loss, TSS demonstrated their ability to work all the way to the end.
Try Scorers: Jack Poidevin (2), Austin Grooby, Lachlan Wright; Conversions: Jack Poidevin (3)
Best Back: Nico McGregor; Best Forward: Austin Grooby
The 14Cs travelled up the M1 for their second away game in a row to take on BBC. The first half was close, with neither team able to string many phases together. In the second half TSS showed more patience in attack, the forwards maintaining possession due to hard, straight running and aggression at the break-down. This provided the backs with numerous try-scoring opportunities which they took advantage of, running some great lines and tiring a hard-working opposition defense. TSS’s fitness and focus saw them pile on the points in the last ten minutes.
Try scorers: Jesse Meo (3); Hayden Atkinson (3); Guy Gibson; Ben Adams; Tim Murdoch
Conversions: Nicholas McKenzie (4); Jesse Meo
Best Forward: Christos Vivlios; Best Back: Hayden Atkinson
It was a tough start against Nudgee College going down 19-0 early in the first half. However the boys hit back against the much bigger opposition, with good phase play and support shown in the lead up to a try by George Naylor to bring the score to 19-7 at halftime. While TSS were competitive Nudgee were able to run in three second half tries for a 41-7 loss. Highlights included crunching tackles from Diesel Donnelly and a rampaging run from Corbin Parker from the kickoff. Best back went to Joe Statham who had a strong game at half back and the best forward was George Black who tackled hard and hit rucks with aggression.
Best Back: Joe Statham; Best Forward: George Black
Try scorer: George Naylor; Conversion: Hamilton Howard
Saturday’s game had some of the biggest tackles seen all day. With a team soaring over our boys in size the courage and determination they showed in defence was immense. There were signs of brilliance again in attack showing exactly what this team is capable of with a few starry set moves from the backline.
MVP: Jack M
Another unfortunate loss for the mighty 13B’s this week with a few big breaks and runs in the last quarter of the game to secure IGS the win. But there was no lack in effort or perseverance, the boys were fighting through to the end against a team, although maybe bigger in size, our boy’s certainly had them in talent and skill. A shout out to a massive run by Liam with a dive under the post’s that was eventually unfortunately disallowed.
MVP: Will M
This week a combined 13C/D team produced one of their best team performances of the year. In a week, where many members of the team were still suffering the ill effects of the current cold epidemic, the boys put together a disciplined and courageous effort. TSS opened with an excellent passage of play. After winning four straight rucks, a slick backline movement sent winger Joshua Boyle scooting 50 metre toward the try line. If not for the tenacious Nudgee defence the team would have scored their first try of the season. At half time the game was evenly poised; however, in the second half the weary warriors of TSS succumb to a week of fighting the flu. Despite this, the boys in maroon were able to mount one final foray toward the line in the dying moments of the game, Unfortunately, once again the plucky ‘butcher boys’’ defence was once again equal to the task.
Against a rugby league orientated IGS, the TSS Forward pack had them on the back foot in many areas of the game. They struggled to cope with our strong rucking. Pick and drive attack, and most of great defence line from our backs. Unfortunately, our strong scrum never got to shine, due to IGS calling uncontested scrums before the match. The IGS backline passing kept putting pressure TSS unpressured, but it was our defence (in patches) that has mde the biggest improvement over the past few games.
TSS were let down too many times by loose carries, some missed tackles, and a number of slow phases, costing us many chances to score.
IGS came back with some solid runs after every offensive raid by Southport, scoring 3 times in the first half, leading into the break 17 nil. Thankfully early in the second period, Baden Kruger crossed the line getting TSS’s account started. From here confidence built, and phase play improved. Jacob Sa steamrolled another try and the roll was on.
Then IGS scored and the game was over.
Well done boys, you are on the up and as Mr Browne keeps saying “the cream rises to the top” and it now shows.
Try – Kruger, Sa
Best Forward – Jacob Sa; Best Back – Keahn Skipps
Due to a lack of Ipswich teams, the B’s travelled up to Brisbane to play Nudgee. After a gutsy win against Toowoomba away last Saturday and a tough week at training, the 12B’s went into this encounter with a lot of confidence. However, TSS made the mistake of underestimating a strong Nudgee 12C’s side and got off to a very slow start. While the intent was there throughout the whole game, sloppy execution and careless play cost us dearly. While the boys should be congratulated for sticking it out until the end and showing flashes of brilliance against a much larger side, they learnt a valuable lesson about playing each opponent on their own merits and to not go into a contest over or under confident. We look to bounce back this week at training and build momentum into another away game this Saturday.
Try – Gatenby
Player of the Match – Conna Watson
It was another tough match for the boys with tries flowing evenly between the 2 teams. A much more determined effort from the team with an excellent defensive effort and 3 fantastic individual tries to Billy Wellard. Special mention to Jake McPhee who was everywhere on the pitch and making a try saving tackle to ensure the game finished in a tie. It was very pleasing to see the boys having fun and playing for each other to the very end.
A much improved performance this week lead to a 34-12 win over Ipswich Grammar. Last week it was our rucking that let us down, this week it was our strength as we starved Ipswich of possession and territory in the first half. Despite our dominance, the half time score was only 12-0 in our favour. Ipswich rallied in the second half but our boys endured and put on 4 more tries. Jackson Gennari was much more aggressive at the breakdown and did his job as Captain. Ethan Faber stole 4 rucks for us and was rewarded with a call up to the A’s side and Oliver Jackson was rewarded for hard work with a 5 pointer. Our man of the match was Adam Nickall’s who scared Ipswich every time he got the ball and scored 5 tries. Well done boys!
This Saturday’s Rd 4 is vs BBC Away.
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