QLD GPS: BBC make their play for title as Churchie, Terrace and Toowoomba Grammar win
By ANT BRAND
Brisbane Boys College are refusing to get ahead of themselves despite anointing themselves as GPS First XV Premier favourites following a 45-6 Round Four victory over The Southport School.
The match was always going to be a key indicator as to both teams’ premiership credentials with the sides placed first (BBC) and third (TSS) respectively heading into the clash.
But the previously undefeated TSS were no match for BBC whose complete performance saw them become the first side since 2005 to keep a TSS First XV team try-less.
BBC Director of Rugby, Stephen Meehan, said victory came on the back of a solid all-round effort.
“It was a really complete performance and most things worked more frequently than they had and the team had a real collective desire to push things through,” he said.
“As a forward pack unit they performed really well in the set piece and they just worked hard for one another the whole way through and did their jobs.
They were more pragmatic than what they had been earlier in the year and that’s not a bad thing.
“They were just concentrating for the entire 70 minutes and they didn’t drop off at any stage. It was just a very good all-round performance.”
BBC’s victory follows wins over Brisbane Grammar School (39-3) and Ipswich Grammar (49-20) which came either side of their Round 2 bye.
In an ominous sign for other teams, Meehan said his side’s defence had gone to another level as their grip on the 2020 Premiership tightens.
“Defence was a real focus on the weekend and this is one of the areas they had to improve from the previous week (against IGS),” he said.
“For example, against IGS, a couple of times when they scored, they, immediately from the next kick-off, gave Ipswich an opportunity who scored straight away.
“To give up points that easily would have been quite disappointing so they have since tightened that aspect of their play up and it (defence) was very good.”
Reluctant to praise individual efforts, Meehan said the season-defining win was a reflection of every player doing his job.
“It’s funny because on various weeks there have been two or three players that have caught the eye,” he said.
“One of the players I came across yesterday morning mentioned a couple of names and I told him I thought it would be unfair, at the moment, to single anyone out because I thought they all performed really well.
“And that is a really good sign for a side because they are not relying on any one player in particular. They have a full understanding of what they need to be doing and what their role is in the team.”
In other Round Four results, Churchie beat Ipswich Grammar 36-17, Gregory Terrace downed Brisbane Grammar School 38-19 and Toowoomba Grammar accounted for Brisbane State High 38-29.