University’s Tristan Clarke fends off a tackle as the Gladstone defence closes in on him.
University’s Tristan Clarke fends off a tackle as the Gladstone defence closes in on him. Sharyn Oneill

Running rugby on show

IT IS a difficult time of year to be running a rugby union tournament but the Central Queensland Rugby Union age-group competition at Rugby Park is going along quite nicely.

Last Saturday in the under-18 competition Gladstone caused a bit of a surprise by accounting for University 21-7.

The University side, made up from a number of Rockhampton Grammar School players, was expected to do well in this year’s tournament, while Gladstone was considered to be something of an unknown.

The match came down to which team accepted its opportunities and the score was a clear indicator that team was Gladstone.

University looked capable of winning the match easily during the first half.

Possession favoured the Rockhampton side but each time it found a gap basic handling errors let the side down.

That is not taking anything away from Gladstone as players tackled strongly and often forced the University team into errors.

The teams were locked at 7-7 heading to the break but Shaun Peterson found a gap to send Gladstone in at the interval 14-7 ahead.

Even though Gladstone was a player short it looked the stronger side in the second spell with Mason Garland making powerful runs, while David West also showed some tricks, while also kicking the conversions for the visitors.

With time running out Rusty Parnaby sealed the win for Gladstone to put the team in with a good show of making the final on November 13.

Unfortunately, the other match in the grade between Colts and Frenchville never really got going.

With Frenchville seriously undermanned, the match started as a 10-a-side game with Colts by far the stronger.

Even when extra players arrived, the Colts boys remained on top to win convincingly by 33-0.

In other grades Frenchville is a clear favourite to take out the under-16 competition as it is the only unbeaten team.

In a close match the Frenchville side got over the top of Brothers by 24-19, while Central Highlands shocked Colts to win by 29-12.

The under-14s grade looks to be going the way of Colts if Saturday’s result is anything to go by.

Against Frenchville, Colts ran away with the game by 22-0.

In the battle of the Brothers, the club’s Blue team was too strong for the Whites and scored a comprehensive 38-17 win.

Competition in the younger grades continues on Friday evening and Saturday.



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