People were watching the GT vs BSHS 13's and 14's for obvious reasons. The BSHS 13A's average something like 80 points a game with only 4 against. The u/14 game was to see who were the premiers. That is why the crowds were big. Whilst it was a good win by state high in the u/15 game. It really was a bit of a nothing game. Nothing to do with it being an u/15 game. If it was to see who was top of the ladder, like the u/14's, they would have got a crowd as well.I am with Darkside on this - GT's u15s will never be competitive across the season due to the very intensive immersion program they undertake - they don't play NC at all and at least 2 more games are significantly effected by boys being away all week (sometimes overseas).
They were completely exhausted before they even took the field V BSHS for the last game - U15 rugby takes a back seat at GT and all supporters know it.
You just need to look at the crowds for the 13s and 14s at Tennyson the U15's are lucky to get their parents watching.
Too many 16's missing and playing in Opens to keep my interest, I watch the odd game but spend most of my time at the 12-14 A'a and Bs and then off to the firsts.
Equally it is not all about judging how strong of a XV we will get in 2018 some of us just enjoy the game and watching kids play and improve. A bit of school rivalry and friendly banter thrown in adds to the experience IMO.
People were watching the GT vs BSHS 13's and 14's for obvious reasons. The BSHS 13A's average something like 80 points a game with only 4 against. The u/14 game was to see who were the premiers. That is why the crowds were big. Whilst it was a good win by state high in the u/15 game. It really was a bit of a nothing game. Nothing to do with it being an u/15 game. If it was to see who was top of the ladder, like the u/14's, they would have got a crowd as well.
I saw all matches NC were involved in and watched the tapes of BBC,TSS and most TGS.
My view is the best player in comp(consistantly) was Croft . In the top 5 was Sua.
Neither will play against NZ schools however
Others like Ngamanu,Riley,Robertson and Luka were inconsistant-but on occasions brilliant.
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Well ofc we won't see Croft and Sua, they are Rugby League players, and whilst their performances in Qld GPS is very good they didn't participate in the Australian Rugby Schoolboy trails (not that that is the sole criteria). So no need to cry about it B&W . They have there careers set in league and good for them.
My top five would be (in no particular order) Croft, Hewat, TGS #1, BBC #7 & Ngamanu.
Interest and a lot of talk about the U13's this year for sure...with good reason. IGS and BSHS showing very strong A teams with IGS in particular showing great depth from A - C's. The 13 year at IGS were undefeated with 1152 for and 101 against led by the A's with only 14 points against (conceded in 1st round) and over 500 points scored - on the back of being undefeated last year as 12A's (over 1200% F/A record). If people are witnessing the highest quality rugby at this age group in the GPS comp then why not hear about it - many of the boys are representing at either the highest level in Union or league (or both) outside of their school rugby - often against mates in opposing GPS teams - foundation for great rivalry all the way through to firsts.
Congrats to young Ngamanu ( BBC) and Riley ( TSS) on their silver medals at Commonwealth games sevens tournament in Samoa.The SA boys were a little too big . Lets hope they go one better against NZ schools
good to hear there is a " baby" Ngamanu starting at BBC next year.
trust me . your recruiting in under 13 in rugby is as good as cricket. you got the under 13 premiership in cricket and will go close in rugby.
A considerable powder keg is building in the land of the Brave and the Game
It's going / gone wholesale
And it assumes inertia amongst the Top 3 teams that finished ahead of the Red and Black