QUEENSLAND Whites made it tough on themselves before finishing strongly to beat Act 26-16 at Scully Park yesterday and top their Group 2 in Pool A of the Australian Under 15 Schoolboy Championships.
After leading 12-10 at half time the Maroons had fallen behind 16-12 in the second half but regained their composure to cross for three second half tries.
The final 25 minutes pleased their coach Wayne Adams.
“We made a lot of errors but came good the last 15,” Adams told The Leader.
“We had fallen behind but came good and completed a few sets.”
The Whites are missing talented Nathan Barrett from their squad after the Proserpine schoolboy broke his thumb.
He is having surgery in Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital this morning to reattach the ligaments, Adams said.
“It’s a shame for Nathan, he’s really dejected,” Adams said.
“It’s his first time in a Queensland side.”
The Queensland Whites have today off and play their semi final tomorrow.
NSW Combined Catholic Colleges started their championships with a six point win over NSW CHS.
After leading 14-nil at half time CCC hung on for a 14-8 win.
NSW CHS were over the line twice but had players held Mawene Hiroti and ZacSaddler held up.
Winger Haze Dunster also had a chance to score late in the game but couldn’t grasp a low-buncing ball from an attacking kick just short of the line.
“We had an excellent start,” NSWCCC coach Chris O’Connell said.
“The first half was outstanding but we didn’t get a lot of opportunities in the second half, defended a lot and were under the pump.”
The CCC side has prepared well for the Schoolboy Championship with around 12 sessions together as well as two-night camp at Mulgoa last week.
“We’re not a big side, but we’re fairly quick and mobile,” O’Connell said.
n NSWCCC play Queensland Maroon today (11.50am) in the second game at Scully Park aftre NSW CIS and ACT match up from 10.30am.