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Australian Schoolboys & National Championships 2008

Discussion in 'Schoolboy Rugby' started by Lee Grant, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. oxe7

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    Lee, Yes I was at NC for the week and watched most games with interest. It was very clear that the NSW Schools Team was struggling with team cohesion due to not enough trial games before the championship, I think they had one. Their halves and kickers really struggled to control the ebb and flow of games and their forward pack although powerful individualy did not work as a unit, a lot of one out running, isolations and turnovers. Their 12,13 and 23 did very well considering the poor quality ball and lack of possession given to them. In their final game against Sydney Club their scrum got pushed off the ball in attacking positions and they lost their lineout throw on three occaisions again in attacking positions, the front row was given no platform whatso ever from their back row which although big was not core strong. Often a won line out for NSW Schools was a ball batted back onto the ground giving the halves little chance of setting up quality moves. I felt sorry for the NSW team given the expectations thrust upon them and the obvious lack of game preparation. Qld on the other hand looked extremely well prepared and both teams(White and Red) played like well oiled club oufits, as did NSW Country. The addition of the Sydney or Country 10 to the NSW Schools team would have solved several major problems. In future at least 3 or 4 trial games will be needed before heading off to the championship in 2009 which is in NSW once again. Congratulations QLD Red and White.

    how do you know its in NSW? does that mean the opens will be in NSW too?
  2. footyhead

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    16's definitely in NSW for next 2 years, at Riverview I think, not sure about opens.
    Lee, looking at my notes the following players are destined for big futures, the 12 and 13's in eithercode, Qld Red 7 and 13
    NSW Schools 8 and 12 NSW Country 10. I did not watch ACT closely enough to call.
  3. Lee Grant John Eales (66)

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    Know their names?
  4. RugbyReg George Smith (75)

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    I believe the Reds 7 was Liam Gill. Openside from Terrace (playing along side little Matt Lucas). Was player of the tournament.

    On the Reds will be offering a scholarship I believe.
  5. oxe7

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    country 10- sam cox

    nsw 12 - dane atkinson (scots )

    nsw 8- adam brent ( scots 1st xv this yr.)

    qld 13- matt garland ( BSHS )
  6. Lee Grant John Eales (66)

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    Thanks guys - don't know any of those lads, which means in the future I can't crow about how I knew they were going to be Wallabies and how I chatted up their mothers at the tournament - all of which is very interesting to other people, I know.
  7. spectator Bob Davidson (42)

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    Aust schoolboys vs NZ schoolboys sides for tomorrows game:

    The match tomorrow will kick off at noon (NZ time).
    1 Salesi Manu
    2 Chris Edwards
    3 Josh Daley
    4 Nick Buchanan
    5 Luke Jones
    6 Eddie Quirk
    7 Kotoni Ale
    8 Jarrod Butler
    9 Eddie Bredanhann
    10 James Ambrosini
    11 Kenneth Robertson
    12 Michael McDougall
    13 Cameron Mitchell (c)
    14 Dom Shipperley
    15 Tyler Stevens

    1 Willie Afuvai
    2 Ben Funnell
    3 Jeff Allen
    4 Kane Barrett
    5 Blade Thomson
    6 Luke Whitlock
    7 Joseph Tupe
    8 Carl Axtens
    9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow
    10 Kane Adams
    11 Glen Robertson
    12 Rhys Llewellyn
    13 Julian Savea
    14 Star Timu
    15 Charlie Ngatai

    Interesting that Quirk (BSHS) and Ambrosini (ST Laurence) have made it into the starting 15. Wonder what the bench looks like?

    Lee - you may recall that Ngatai, the 15 for NZ, picked up their man of the match in last years game, and Savea, the 13, was the big winger who scored the last try for them. Could be a tough day at the office for the young Aussies.
  8. barbarian Nick Farr-Jones (63)

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    I don't know whether to be afraid or just laugh when I see the name

    He can cut a side to pieces. :lmao:
  9. the gambler Dave Cowper (27)

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    What is rugby coming to. I'm all for names like Salesi, Kotoni and Tawera but do we really need names like Jarrod, Tyler and two Kanes. Lets give those ones to league.
  10. Ash Michael Lynagh (62)

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    Noddy does it have the schools listed that the Aus players are from?
  11. RugbyReg George Smith (75)

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    Ash, you're a very visual guy aren't you? Although you have confused David Campese and Michael Lynagh.

    Easily done I guess.
  12. Ash Michael Lynagh (62)

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    Damnit, I have too. It's the damn same gold jersey. My excuse is that I am half a asleep at work this morning. Guess it's because all three managers in the dept today are away. Extra forum browsing time.
  13. ben Frank Row (1)

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    Hey been browsing these forums for a while thought id finally post.

    Just got told that Australia beat NZ 15-11

    Really good effort from them seeing as though no one gave them much chance.
  14. RugbyReg George Smith (75)

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    welcome to the board mate. Especially with such great news.

    That would be a upset right?

    Excellent, particularly as it was tight.
  15. spectator Bob Davidson (42)

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    Yeah, welcome aboard 12p.

    That might just be the first ever win in NZ, and that makes it two years in a row now. Outstanding!
  16. RugbyReg George Smith (75)

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  17. The Chosen Fred Wood (13)

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    Ah yes-to yee of little faith. Tremendous to see a win- look forward to the details.
    The Aussies have had an injury/sickness plagued tour but obviously there is talent in the entire touring party- they have won where no other Aussie Schools rteam has ever done so.
    I had noted that the NZ team contained 3 from Palmerston North High- long regarded as a powerhouse in NZ Schools Rugby. Saw them earlier in season when they played Knox after week-long training camp @ Narrabeen.
    Big team but Knox matched them in a tight game.
    Once again congratulations to the Aust Schools team! ;D
  18. RugbyReg George Smith (75)

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    let's ship 'em and last year's lot off to Melbourne to be our 5th team!
  19. oxe7

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    aussie blindside eddie quirk was winner of the bronze boot award. good achievement considering he wasnt even in the team initially!
  20. whocares

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    Good on him
    Anyone know the try scorers?

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