QLD GPS: Are TSS One Win Away From Being the Best Team in GPS Rugby History?
By Finn Morton; Photo – Stephen Tremain
The Southport School are GPS rugby champions after their 54-24 victory over Gregory Terrace at Tennyson last Saturday. The win secured at least a joint-premiership for the Gold Coasters, with both BBC and Nudgee a chance of joining them as champions should they win out their seasons – including their round 8 clash against each other – but only if TSS lose this weekend.
TSS only have one more game to play this season; at home to Ipswich Grammar. Standing in their way of an undefeated season is Sydney Roosters-bound and Ipswich Grammar playmaker Sam Walker, who is capable of breaking a game open at any moment as is their heavy yet mobile pack.
Should TSS overcome the challenge that Ipswich pose in their final game of their season, the question will then have to be asked: are they the best team in GPS rugby history? They definitely have a case.
Southport have broken records this season with ball in hand. They became the first team to score 200 points in four rounds of competition after wins against Nudgee, Churchie, State High and Toowoomba.
They didn’t stop there though, they’ve scored a total of 357 points, or 51 points a game on average. It’s a stat which on its own should have them in the conversation as being the best team ever.
While Southport has been impressive in attack, it’s only half the game. Their defensive performances showcases just how dominant this team is across the park – numbers which any team would love to replicate.
In their seven games played this season, Southport has only conceded 81 points – an average of 11.5 points a game. BBC have performed similarly conceding an average of 12.5 points, and Nudgee average 19.8 points – but both across one less match than TSS.
Impressively, TSS went on a four-match run where they had seven or fewer points scored against them, which is vastly different to how many times both BBC (2) and Nudgee (0) have been able to across their total games played.
Individually, TSS winger Hamish Roberts also claimed the record, according to DoubleTake Sports, for the most points scored by an individual player in a match.
In round 5 against Brisbane Grammar, Roberts scored 43 points in their 78-0 victory, which capped off an impressive team and individual performance.
All in all, TSS are a very good team, but are they the best ever? They’ll need a strong victory against Ipswich this weekend to push their claim further, but first and foremost, they’ll want to make sure that the 2019 Premiership is all theirs – because, what team in sports wants to share a title?
In the other games, Brisbane Grammar remains winless in 2019 after losing to Nudgee 55-14 at Northgate.
Brisbane Boys’ College journeyed up the Range to take on Toowoomba Grammar. The College kept their title hopes alive with a commanding 64-14 victory.
Churchie registered their second-straight victory with a 28-22 win over Brisbane State High. The last couple of weeks have shown a very different side to Churchie, who were winless before playing Ipswich and State High.