IN UNION: Connor Tansey, left, Captain of RGS Rugby and Lawson Storey, 1st XV Captain hope to retain the Dr. C.J Primmer Shield on Sunday.
IN UNION: Connor Tansey, left, Captain of RGS Rugby and Lawson Storey, 1st XV Captain hope to retain the Dr. C.J Primmer Shield on Sunday. Matti Brooks

Schoolboys’ rugby finals at Rugby Park this Sunday

The 2015 Rockhampton and District Schools Rugby finals will be fought out this Sunday at Rugby Park. Again, the prestigious Dr C.J. Primmer Shield will be the prize in the main game at 3pm. The Rockhampton Grammar School (RGS) 1st XV will play the combined Emmaus College and The Cathedral College (TCC) 1st XV.

The combined Emmaus/TCC side knocked out St Brendan's 1st XV late in the competition. They beat them in their first match, but lost the second. However, they did so by less than seven points, so scraped through to the final on a bonus point.

The RGS 1st XV captain, Lawson Storey said the combined team are a tough side to beat, but if RGS stick to their game plan he is hopeful RGS will again appear on the Primmer Shield.

"If we stick to our structures, if we play a tight, controlled phase game up the middle, then we can unleash our fast backs," Storey said.

The RGS backs will be controlled by playmaker Connor Tansey, the talented five eighth is captain of rugby at RGS, which means he looks after both league and union.

The Primmer Shield was first played for in 1980. Since the shield's inception, RGS have dominated, although St Brendan's have had their moments. If you take time to read the shield, it's clear they were the dominant school rugby power in the region during the 1990s.

In a promising development, Rockhampton High School entered a Year 7 side in this year's competition, the first time they have been involved in seven years, while Marist College Emerald joined the competition for the first time and their year 10 team has made the final.

Steve Anderson, Director of CQ Rugby noted that St Brendan's had three teams in the finals and had been working closely with Thrifty Cup rugby club, the Cap Coast Crocs.

"The Cap Coast Rugby Union Club have been assisting St. Brendan's," Anderson said. This club to school relationship will continue to grow, there is a strong commitment to support rugby on the coastal strip."



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