St Brendan?s closer to Cup

ST BRENDAN'S College has withheld a spirited North Rockhampton State High School comeback to book a place in the next round of the Arrive Alive Cup.

The Yeppoon powerhouse moved into the Queensland quarter-finals of the open secondary schools' knock-out competition after a hard fought 22-16 victory at Rockhampton's Browne Park on Sunday.

St Brendan's raced to an early lead with tries to halfback Jake Granville, prop Dave Taylor, winger Clinton Elliot and centre Nick Deeves before exciting North Rockhampton fullback Levi Baynton hit back for his side to trail 16-4 at the break.

In the second half, St Brendan's hooker Brendan O'Neill crashed over to extend his team's lead, but North Rockhampton staged a late fightback with flyers Brent Harrison and Anselam Tabua finding the tryline.

St Brendan's coach Terry Hansen moved to the next round. North Rockhampton counterpart Matt Pearce praised his side's determination.

North Rockhampton back-rowers Anuisha Bone and Brent Williams were standout performers while St Brendan's playmaker Nathan Barraclough was his side's best.

St Brendan's will now play either the Wide Bay or Mackay regional champions in the quarterfinals.



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