LANGER CUP: Five things learnt from St Mary’s vs Ipswich SHS
RUGBY LEAGUE: St Mary's College is up and running in the Langer Cup following a round two defeat of Ipswich SHS.
The Toowoomba school had to show fight, finding themselves down 12-6 at one stage, before hitting back to prevail 24-16.
In a game that had big hits and a penalty try, these are the five things we learnt from St Mary's vs Ipswich SHS:
1. MOVING SIDES AROUND THE PARK WORKS
St Mary's signalled its intent right from the outset.
From the kick-off, they put the ball through multiple sets of hands and looked to push the ball wide.
It's a trend they continued throughout the afternoon and one that paid dividends as they routinely caught their opponents off-guard.
2. ST MARY'S SHOWS RESOLVE
Once again St Mary's opened the scoring, and for the second time in as many games they were headed on the scoreboard.
This time they remained composed when falling behind, taking the chance presented to them on the stroke of halftime and pulling away from Ipswich in the second half.
It shows the growth of the team that they can overcome adversity, a trait that is essential in a competition like the Langer Cup.
3. DON'T HESITATE TO KICK WITH VA'A AROUND
Full credit to Ipswich halfback Lachlan Williamson for getting up, because he was hit hard.
St Mary's captain Xavier Va'a took it upon himself to provide kick pressure in the early stages of the second half.
As Williamson looked to put up a bomb, Va'a made a beeline for the halfback, producing the biggest hit you'll see this Langer Cup season, forcing an error in the process.
4. TATE-ROCHE STANDS TALL
Cooper Tate-Roche had his best game in a St Mary's jersey, involving himself in all facets of the game.
He took the hard carries as they worked their way out of their own half, hit hard in defence and got over the line for a meat pie of his own.
Partnered in the front row with Va'a, the pair gave St Mary's some crucial go-forward against a tough forward pack.
5. REFEREES AREN'T SCARED TO MAKE CALLS
It's not too often you see a penalty try awarded in schoolboy football, but we were able to witness one at the Toowoomba Sports Ground.
Blake Cesari was ruled to have his run impeded by Ipswich defenders as he looked certain to cross the line, with St Mary's subsequently awarded the try.
It takes guts to make a tough decision like that with a game in the balance, but it appeared to be the right one.