It?s crunch time for Queensland

By JOSEPH TERNOWETSKY.

QUEENSLAND face a "do-ordie'' assignment when the Australian Secondary Schools Championships continues at Rockhampton's Browne Park today.

Queensland tackle NSW Combined Catholic Colleges, with a victory ensuring the Maroons a place in Friday's finals. Queensland coach Geoff Bagnal, of Palm Beach High School, said it was a must-win match after an opening round loss to leaders NSW Combined High Schools.

Bagnal said big games would be required from exciting halves combination, Redcliffe State High School's Ben Jones St Brendan's College product Ben Hunt.

After recording their first win against the ACT ? a 62-6 thrashing on Monday ? the Queenslanders are confident they can continue their return to form.

"We turned it around (against the ACT) and played for both halves,'' Bagnal said.

Bagnal will also be looking for another strong performance from Brisbane State High prop Andrew Clayton, man of the match in the ACT win, while Glenmore High's Caleb Littleboy has recovered from a shoulder injury and will come off the bench . . . ''

In yesterday's action, NSW Combined Independent Schools notched up their first win of the competition with a 26-6 victory against South Australia while Victoria beat Northern Territory 28-20.

TODAY'S DRAW: 10.30am: South Australia v Victoria; 11.45am: ACT v NSW CHS 12.45pm: Western Australia v NSW CIS; 1.45pm: Queensland v NSW CCC



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