Rugby Report, Rd 7 (bye) vs Downlands

Adrian Blundell | Director of Rugby

August 26, 2017

The Southport School vs Downlands College in bye round 7 of the 2017 GPS rugby union competition, 26th August at TSS. This image is for Editorial Use Only. This image is licensed to The Southport School (Royalty Free). Photo: Adrian Gaglione.

2nd XV TSS 55 – DC 1st XV 5

The Southport School vs Downlands College in bye round 7 of the 2017 GPS rugby union competition, 26th August at TSS. This image is for Editorial Use Only. This image is licensed to The Southport School (Royalty Free). Photo: Adrian Gaglione.

The sensational 2nd XV were in fine form on Saturday. From the first whistle they played as a cohesive unit. The forwards were tireless in their defence and the backs showed some impressive moves as they worked towards the try line. It was a game enjoyed by all that watched, as set plays were completed perfectly and mistakes were minimalised. Congratulations to the 2nd XV for a fantastic game and all the best against Nudgee this weekend. Final Score: TSS: 52 V Downlands: 5

Tries: Tyson Spisich, Harry Cox, Hugh Robinson x 2, Jim Chapman, Lotario Nona, Jack Giles x 2

Conversions: Tyler Wright x 6

The Southport School vs Downlands College in bye round 7 of the 2017 GPS rugby union competition, 26th August at TSS. This image is for Editorial Use Only. This image is licensed to The Southport School (Royalty Free). Photo: Adrian Gaglione.

The Southport School vs Downlands College in bye round 7 of the 2017 GPS rugby union competition, 26th August at TSS. This image is for Editorial Use Only. This image is licensed to The Southport School (Royalty Free). Photo: Adrian Gaglione.

The Southport School vs Downlands College in bye round 7 of the 2017 GPS rugby union competition, 26th August at TSS. This image is for Editorial Use Only. This image is licensed to The Southport School (Royalty Free). Photo: Adrian Gaglione.

3rd XV TSS 32 – DC 2nd XV 14

The Southport School vs Downlands College in bye round 7 of the 2017 GPS rugby union competition, 26th August at TSS. This image is for Editorial Use Only. This image is licensed to The Southport School (Royalty Free). Photo: Adrian Gaglione.

The 3rd XV were a joy to watch on Saturday. From the outset they worked as a team, communicating effectively and encouraging each other to succeed. The forwards showed brilliance in their defence and the backs attack was seamless. The 3rd XV team spirit and determination throughout the game was impressive and showed that they are a team to be reckoned with against Nudgee next weekend. Congratulations on a great win!  Final score: TSS: 32 v Downlands: 14

Tries: Henry Morris, Jed Wilson, Oskar Morris, Charlie Bindon x 2, Seb Greenup

Conversions: Patrick Murtagh

The Southport School vs Downlands College in bye round 7 of the 2017 GPS rugby union competition, 26th August at TSS. This image is for Editorial Use Only. This image is licensed to The Southport School (Royalty Free). Photo: Adrian Gaglione.

4th, 5th & 6th XV

Played an entertaining internal trial on the Village Green in preparation for Nudgee this weekend.

The Southport School vs Downlands College in bye round 7 of the 2017 GPS rugby union competition, 26th August at TSS. This image is for Editorial Use Only. This image is licensed to The Southport School (Royalty Free). Photo: Adrian Gaglione.

16B TSS 20 – DC 16A 12

On Saturday the 16 A and 16 D teams rested preparing for next Saturday’s game against Nudgee College. The 16 B team played Downlands 16A and the 16C team played Downlands B team. Both teams acquitted themselves admirably in dress rehearsals for next week’s game against Nudgee.

The 16 B team won close encounter against a spirited opposition 20-12. The boys played on the Village Green and even though they won clearly next week will be an entirely different matter with Nudgee 16B a formidable opponent. The boys will have to be focussed from the first minute if they are to beat the powerful Nudgee lineup. Try scorers were James Murray, Hamish Dight and Ben Owen. Matty Robinson converted once and also kicked a penalty goal.

The Southport School vs Downlands College in bye round 7 of the 2017 GPS rugby union competition, 26th August at TSS. This image is for Editorial Use Only. This image is licensed to The Southport School (Royalty Free). Photo: Adrian Gaglione.

16C TSS 43 – DC 16B 14

The 16 C team played their best game of the season winning 43-14. The boys were on fire from the opening kick off and never gave the opposition a chance. Try scorers were two apiece to Jake Jones, Lachlan Ferry and Pauliasi Nadakutavuki with Andrew Balch scoring once. Lachlan Ferry converted three times.

The Southport School vs Downlands College in bye round 7 of the 2017 GPS rugby union competition, 26th August at TSS. This image is for Editorial Use Only. This image is licensed to The Southport School (Royalty Free). Photo: Adrian Gaglione.

15A TSS 17 – DC 19

The bye round saw all 15 teams host Downlands College in some well-spirited matches. The 15 A team continued to show the improvement that has characterised their development as a team. There were some strong performances in what was again a very entertaining game between two very even sides. The lead changed many times during the match with some good tries to both sides. In the end, the boys were pipped by a last play try by an enthusiastic Downlands side. Tries were scored by Jordan Sergis, Brandon Bolting and Joseph Devlin with Caid Jenkins converting one of the tries .Final score 19-17 Downlands.

The Southport School vs Downlands College in bye round 7 of the 2017 GPS rugby union competition, 26th August at TSS. This image is for Editorial Use Only. This image is licensed to The Southport School (Royalty Free). Photo: Adrian Gaglione.

The Southport School vs Downlands College in bye round 7 of the 2017 GPS rugby union competition, 26th August at TSS. This image is for Editorial Use Only. This image is licensed to The Southport School (Royalty Free). Photo: Adrian Gaglione.

15B TSS 31 – DC 12

The 15B team continues to perform well on the back of having fresh players available for a full game. The boys played well against Downlands as their confidence continues to improve each match. The forwards controlled the match enabling the backs to go into action with some well-rehearsed moves. In the end, the boys scored five tries to two in a dominant performance. We wish Hunter Houlahan well as he recovers from an injury from the game. Tries were scored by Austin Billing (2), Will Taylor (2) and Kiirra Bligh with Bayley Vine kicking three conversions. Final score 31-12 TSS.

15C TSS 24 – DC 10

The 15 C team scored their second comprehensive victory over an enthusiastic Downlands side. Confidence within the boys play is evident by their four tries to two victory. The luxury of having reserves has payed off, as the team does not tire towards the end of matches, as they tended to do in earlier games. A thank you to Ms Kennedy (Dylan’s mum) for supplying oranges for the team at half time.  Many thanks to the boys from the B team and Mac Alexander (14’s) that doubled up for half a game. Tries were scored by William Bucknell (2), Terry Nona, Will Taylor with Terry converting two tries. Final score 24-10 TSS.

The Southport School vs Downlands College in bye round 7 of the 2017 GPS rugby union competition, 26th August at TSS. This image is for Editorial Use Only. This image is licensed to The Southport School (Royalty Free). Photo: Adrian Gaglione.

14A TSS 72 – DC 17

TSS entered the game committed and confident, applying the pressure early and piling on five tries in the first half.  DC were fortunate to capitalise on errors and penalties to get themselves on the score board.  It was mostly TSS in the second half but DC were able to squeeze in two tries.  There were times when TSS were somewhat greedy and fought too long when they could have been looking to play the ball.  When they did keep the ball alive they were rewarded with multiple tries.

Tries: JoJo Fifita (7), Rabura Rabura (2), Cooper McGeary, Kaleb Ngamanu

Conversions: Cooper McGeary (7)

Best Back: JoJo Fifita; Best Forward: Austin Grooby

14B TSS 36 – DC 27

TSS applied the pressure early, working their way to score first points in the game.  DC replied finding holes on defence with two tries of their own.  From that point on both teams traded blows but TSS continued to work and keep to their game plan and game out in front on the score board with a try and two conversions the difference.  Tackling and line speed will be the focus of next weeks training sessions.

Tries: George Collins (2), Angus Dalgliesh, Nicholas McKenzie, Jack Poidevin, Joseph Green

Conversions: Jack Poidevin (3)

Best Back: Jack Poidevin; Best Forward: George Collins

The Southport School vs Downlands College in bye round 7 of the 2017 GPS rugby union competition, 26th August at TSS. This image is for Editorial Use Only. This image is licensed to The Southport School (Royalty Free). Photo: Adrian Gaglione.

14C/D Mixed Internal Game

TSS enjoyed an internal game of seven a side rugby, testing their running and passing ability.  Fitness was the word of the day as many boys were pushed to cover more ground than usual.  It was good to see many boys back from injury and illness, with many boys appreciating the extended game time.

Tries: Tim Murdoch (3), Jesse Meo (2), Corbin Parker, Bailey Bennett, Charlie Schutt, Jai Yuen, Cameron Vele

Conversions: Joshua Statham (3), Tim Murdoch

13A TSS 45 – DC 0

A polished performance which highlighted excellent teamwork, this match saw the realization of skill & play development and training programs. The second half in particular demonstrated the impact of combinations working well to take advantage of opening space and scorning opportunities. Tries were scored by Ty Maher(2), Liam O’Connor(2), Cody Wood,  Zavier Crain and Hamish Dight with Jack McAuley kicking accurately from all over the ground converting 5.

13B TSS 51 – DC 0

Coach Barrett praised players with ‘Awesome work guys, you kept on to the ball, ran out players, stuck to it, and look what happened!’  Coach Horan also commended the seamless play between forwards and backs. Tries to Matthew Worsley(3), Joe Maurice(2), Zac Boardman, Liam O’Connor, Harry Ward and Richard Pyke-Nott. Coaches’ pick for best players went to Matthew Worsley, Corey Hawkins & Joe Maurice.

13C TSS 0 – DC 50

The Cs were caught napping in the first half with the opposition putting away 5 rapid tries. Despite a more competitive second half, the strength was with the opposition on this occasion. Coach Butler encouraged the boys to stick at it, noting the development of player and team will come with determined and persistent effort.

11A & 11B

The U11s were greeted with a tunnel and war cry by the Senior students as they ran on to the Village Green. The youngest of our GPS players definitely enjoyed the extra space on the larger field and the extra fitness required when playing 7s.

The Southport School vs Downlands College in bye round 7 of the 2017 GPS rugby union competition, 26th August at TSS. This image is for Editorial Use Only. This image is licensed to The Southport School (Royalty Free). Photo: Adrian Gaglione.

The Southport School vs Downlands College in bye round 7 of the 2017 GPS rugby union competition, 26th August at TSS. This image is for Editorial Use Only. This image is licensed to The Southport School (Royalty Free). Photo: Adrian Gaglione.

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