I watched the full game between Nudgee and Grammar and BBC v Toowoomba again and I really think BBC are up against it this weekend. Nudgee are ruthless. It's not pretty rugby but it is abrasive, tough and powerful. Not sure if the skinny BBC boys will be able to deal with this.
Thanks Oracle83. I thought this last comment might spice things up a bit pre-game. This thread has been a bit quieter this season, probably due to Covid I guess.
My unofficial Tips.
The First Grammar School v TSS - Ipswich to win. They just need to tighten up their set piece, particularly their line out. Their number 8 is a handful and they have some weapons both in the backs and forwards.
The 2nd Grammar School v State School - Grammar are a credible team. They've done well this year. I like the way they play and I think they will win on Sat.
Church School v The Farmers - This is a difficult on to pick. Churchie have done well on occasion, but lack a bit of discipline and consistency. Toowoomba played very smart rugby last weekend in the 2nd half to test BBC. I'll go with Churchie.
The Big One: The Rugby School v Toowong Boys College
Nudgee are very strong in the forwards this end of the season for BBC and this is where the game will be played. Nudgee are a little weaker on one of the wings and fullback as they have lost a couple of players there and so this might be where BBC focus their attention, but I think BBC having their scrum disrupted so close to this game is a problem for them.
BBC had the chance to win the Premiership at home last year v TSS, but for the history of BBC rugby and the school, it will be so much sweeter for them if they do manage to win the premiership against Nudgee, just like they accomplished in 1954 to claim the Premiership. Good luck to them, I will genuinely be happy for them if they manage to do this.
My pick - after watching the Nudgee flyhalf slot a conversion from the left hand side line (left foot) of the field v Grammar and then knock another one over from the right hand side line a few minutes later, and then pretty much every other kick I've watched him kick this season, I think Nudgee will win with a difficult penalty after the bell, Just like Paul Mclean did to win the 1971 Premiership against Grammar. Whether it is Elton Flately v England, James O'Connor v the All blacks, Reesjan Pasitoa v Terrace or Paul McLean v Grammar, Nudgee has a proud history of putting their opposition to the sword in this manner.
Nudgee College for the Premiership.
I think CHURCHIE need to be cautious this weekend against TGS. TGS showed plenty on the weekend, for CHURCHIE to need to show them real respect. They are similar packs in they are small and well drilled. Perhaps TGS performance last weekend was their Grand final and the tank maybe empty, but I wouldn’t take them lightly. I loved their passion and the record of surprise wins against Churchie must be a concern. Ie 2015 CHURCHIE PREMIERSHIP team were ambushed by Hamish Stewart’s TGS TEAM and they had a similar passion that day. Churchie to scrape home.
I’ve enjoyed watching Igs play with some serious individual talent and size, but the Chemistry is not there to take out a professional outfit like TSS. Let’s remember TSS COMPREHENSIVELY defeated NUDGEE at the beginning of the season on Jack Loss oval, before suffering the wrath of BBC , and two lucky last minute wins over Gt and Churchie.
Putting aside all the usual propaganda and ego inflation from methane gas developed on the mosquito mudflats of Banyo, This all begs the big question, is NUDGEE really up to the task this weekend. TSS have already shown BBC how to beat NUDGEE. ..and BBC did a big job on TSS at Shark tank, so using TSS as the gauge NUDGEE can’t beat them but BBC can. So logic says by form BBC, TSS, THEN NUDGEE or is it Churchie or even Terrace. I will put a pencil mark for a win to NUDGEE away from Jack Loss this weekend but I am not confident.
Grammar deserve the win because of the “ never say die” attitude this year v BSHS. It’s not BSHS year, so it must be an odd year- it means all schools need to be scared of them next year as it’s rare for them to go many years without premiership quality 15 on the field. Grammar deserves one win.