QLD Schoolboys final day – squads announced

QLD Schoolboys final day – squads announced

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAA large contingent from The Southport School and St. Joseph’s Nudgee College have been named in the Queensland schoolboy squads announced yesterday at the conclusion of state trials.

Southport (9) and Nudgee (8) together comprise around a third of the 2 squads to compete in the Australian schoolboy championships to be held in early July at St. Ignatius College, Riverview, Sydney.

Ipswich Grammar are next best represented with 6, AIC school St. Peter’s have 4 and other GPS schools Toowoomba Grammar and Brisbane Boy’s College had 3 players named.

The announcement comes on the final day of the state trials that saw GPS 2 beat GPS 1 in a showcase of the high standard of the GPS competition, AIC 1 scratch out a win in a tough slog against CSS 1 and CSS 2 run away in the second half against AIC 2.

[squads at the bottom]


GPS 1 v GPS 2

GPS 2 bested their counterparts in an exhibition style match which saw a high number of GPS 3 players rotated through both teams in their last chance to impress Queensland schoolboy selectors.

GPS 2 maul.

GPS 2 maul.

GPS 1 almost drew first blood when fly-half Nathan Russell burst through a hole and fired a pinpoint pass to winger Richard Aitsi, but he was bundled out five metres from the tryline.

They didn’t have to wait long after to open the scoring when fullback James Todd launched a counter-attack and sliced through some disjointed defence for lock Izack Rodda to stretch out and score on the next phase.

But  soon after 2’s lock Dalton Cox made a break on the blindside and scrum-half Angus Fowler dived over a ruck later to have the scores 5 all at halftime.

2’s opened the scoring in the second half when fullback Bowen dashed down the short side and offloaded for centre Campbell Magnay to dive over.

Bowen was involved in the next try, regathering a chip into 1’s 22 and off the next ruck flanker Andrew O’Kane darted through some relaxed defence around the breakdown to run 10 metres untouched.

1’s replied through flanker Dom Sester who punched through a hole on 2′ tryline to dive over and tighten things up.

But 2’s were able to end the match on a high when no. 8 Jamason Fa’anana-Schultz barged over on the back of a powerful maul.

GPS 2 – 22 (tries: Fowler, Magnay, O’Kane, Fa’anana-Schultz, cons: Bowen) GPS 1 – 12 Rodda, Sester, cons: Dorrough)

 AIC 1 v CSS 1

AIC prevailed over CSS in a tight match thanks to a costly dropped pass late in the second half and they managed to sustain a determined last ditch attacking effort after the siren.

CSS firmly controlled the first half, with their strong scrum winning feeds against the head and effective counter rucking denying AIC plenty of possession.

AIC 1 tryline defence.

AIC 1 tryline defence.

But they were only able to score one try when prop Rawiri Johnson barged over after they stressed AIC’s tryline defence for most of the latter stages of the first half, which was converted by fly-half Guy Hamilton to have them leading by 7 at halftime.

AIC busted out in the second half, and when CSS couldn’t put a man on the kick-off letting it bounce, AIC regathered and phases later winger Liam Roberts dived over in the corner.

AIC began playing with the abandon of a sevens side and after some expansive attacking no. 8 Jordan Smith barged over from a metre out.

CSS replied to AIC’s new found vigour and took back the lead when winger Sioni Mapitoa beat his opposite number on the outside in AIC’s 22, crossing in the corner.

CSS looked to be building towards another attacking play just inside their half but a pass went astray and AIC fly-half Mitch Treleavan grubered the loose ball 40 metres into the try area and pounced on it to give AIC the lead with five minutes to go.

Off the kick off they then tried to wind the clock down in CSS’s half after winning a penalty, however CSS won it back as the siren went and rumbled it forward into the AIC half.

But a loose carry whilst rumbling it forward undid their hopes resulting in a knock-on and an AIC victory.

AIC 1 – 17 (tries: Roberts, Smith, Teleavan, cons: Treleavan) CSS 14 (tries: Johnson, Mapitoa, cons: Hamilton 2)

CSS 2 v AIC 2

Despite being a converted try behind at halftime, CSS 2 ran away with the game in the second half scoring 4 tries to win by a comfortable 12 point margin

Lewis clearing the scrum.

AIC 2 scrum.

CSS winger Iziah Tittor opened up the scoring, regathering an opportunistic box kick and busting through a tackle to score out-wide, but fullback Will stokes drew the scores level after AIC got into CSS’s 22 and stretched the defence.

Centre Todd Dawson then sliced through the CSS line and dummied past the fullback to give AIC the lead going into halftime.

CSS levelled the scores early in the second half  through fly-half Robert Fuz who crossed and converted his own try.

They then took the lead when replacement backrower Harry Bezuidenhout timed a break from the back of the scrum to perfection and ran 30 metres down the blindside to score.

AIC then compounded their woes making an error in their 22, and CSS took the quick tap which resulted in prop Zion Rito crashing over.

And Just as AIC looked to be in a good attacking position CSS centre Jordan Hughes intercepted a floating pass to run 80 metres and score.

AIC managed to pull one back in the last minute through lock Daniel Byrne but the match was long gone.

CSS 2 – 29 (tries: Tittor, Fuz, Bezuidenhout, Rito, Hughes, cons: Fuz 2) AIC 2 – 17 (tries: Stokes, Dawson, Byrnes, cons: Dawson 2)


Queensland Schools 1Queensland Schools 2
1Evander GuttenbeilThe Southport School1Richie AsiataKeebra Park State High School
2Alex MafiSt. Joseph's Nudgee College2Jake LyonThe Southport School
3Sam CliftonThe Southport School3Matt GibbonSt. Joseph's Nudgee College
4Jake UpfieldThe Southport School4Max AllenSiena Catholic College
5Reece HewattSt. Joseph's Nudgee College5Izack RoddaIpswich Grammar School
6Junior FakaosileaSt. Patrick's College, Shorncliffe6Patrick MorreyBrisbane Grammar School
7Brad WilkinIona College7Douglas MacmillanAnglican Church of Grammar School
8Maclean JonesSt. Joseph's Nudgee College8Joel BrownThe Southport School
9Isaak Fines-LeleiwasaThe Southport School9Moses SoroviSt. Peter's Lutheran College
10Mitch ThirdThe Southport School10Carlin AndersonIpswich Grammar School
11Adrian HenleySt. Peter's Lutheran College11Richard AitsiSt. Joseph's Nudgee College
12Harry WathenToowoomba Grammar School12Conrad QuickBrisbane Boys College
13Landon HayesIpswich Grammar School13Liam JurdToowoomba Grammar School
14Isaac NathanThe Southport School14Campbell MagnaySt. Joseph's Nudgee College
15James ToddIpswich Grammar School15Joshua BowenBrisbane Boys College
16Ikaika Fa'aosoSt. Peter's Lutheran College16Will BaileyAnglican Church of Grammar School
17Christon MahangaSunnybank State High School17Shaun LaurieSt. Peter's Lutheran College
18James McCollToowoomba Grammar School18Shambeckler VuiIpswich Grammar School
19Jamason Fa'anana- SchultzIpswich Grammar School19Ryan McCullySt. Edmund's College, Ipswich
20Luke PapworthThe Southport School20Jayden RodwellSt. Joseph's Nudgee College
21James TuttleSt. Joseph's Nudgee College21Harry MastersSunshine Coast Grammar School
22Nathan RussellBrisbane Boys College22Henry DevineMarist College Ashgrove
23Pedro IkitauSt. Francis College23Antoine IosefaBrisbane State High School

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