They played Uni in a trial & few weeks ago & looked handy. I'm not sure of the names but they had some handy forwards back from last year in the blonde prop & the No.7. They also had a big unit in the front row who wasn't there last year. He is about as wide as he is tall & made some great metres. In the backs Jim Henjak stood out. He had a couple of great runs from fullback.Their blonde flyhalf was also quite handy. I recognized him from playing 12 in a few games from their Prem Colts team last year. It was only a trial but based on the cattle I saw & being a fan of Brendan McTiernan as coach,I imagine GPS will be right up there for a Top 4 spot.Anyone got any news on the GPS Colts this year? First proper hit out this weekend coming against easts
I based my prediction on the results after Round 1 & the players I know of in the respective teams. Easts secured Liam Wright, Izack Rodda, Jeremy Gimpel, Izaia Perese, Eli Pilz & Harley Fox. My understanding is that Colts wont see much of Izaia & Harley & that Rodda has a long term injury. I could be wrong.No Easts? They secured a number of leading schoolboys.
Agree with your top 4 and that Bond will be right there. Were very good last year and should continue to get better.
Most likely prediction is for Brothers to draw a finals game and lose because they have asked for the rules to again be changed.
On that note; IRB U19 rules now allow for a maximum daily game time of 90 minutes. So hopefully this will not happen again.
The ARU implemented that in 2014 - http://www.rugby.com.au/Portals/22/2014 Laws/U19 Law Variations ARU 2014.pdf - and those variations applied to all U19 games played in Australia. It was in place for the entire season, and certainly at the time of the GF.
The variations should've applied to the GF, except the Premier Rugby Competition rules were inconsistent with the variations, and the comp operates under the Premier Rugby Competition rules. So it isn't the IRB U19 rules Brothers need to worry about, but the competition rules (as determined by Michael Backstrom and the QRU). Again.
UQ Colts 1 have won the last 4 Premierships & lost about 6 games in those 4 years. That says a fair bit about the UQ Colts program.Interesting observations Swansong and Crusher.
In my experience with Colts over the years I have often thought that judging a club on the success of their Colts 1 side is a good indication of their Colts program. Some clubs find it easy to attract the superstars into Premier Colts and others lack the depth to field Colts 2 teams. But Colts 1 seems to be fairly consistent throughout the years. Maybe this is changing now though.