DAY four of the National Under 15 Rugby League Championships reads like a double State Of Origin.
Just two games were played yesterday, NSW CIS beating ACT 26-10 and Queensland Maroon defeating NSWCCC 10-6 to set up the semi finals in the main Pool A competition at Scully Park today: NSW Combined Catholic Colleges versus unbeaten Queensland White and NSW Combined High Schools against Queensland Maroon.
The two NSW-Queensland showdowns will decide Friday’s Championship finalists.
NSW CCC showed they had the talent to upset their Queensland rivals after a disastrous start left them trailing 10-nil. They fought back strongly to suggest today’s semi against Queensland White will be an entertaining game before NSW CHS and Queensland Maroon stage their semi final.
NSW Combined Independent Schools and ACT have rest days today after yesterday’s tussle at Scully Park.
NSWCCC won 26-10.
The Jason Lussick-coached CIS side had lost its first game to Queensland White 30-18 but could have easily won that opening match and been playing in one of today’s semi finals.
“We led them 12-6 but they scored just before half time,” Lussick said of the loss to Queensland White.
“We just made too many errors in the second half of that game but competed really well.
“Against ACT we did well in the first half, running into a good wind and into the sun. We did well to be
4-all at halftime, I was really happy with that.”
His side finished strongly to set up a semi-final tomorrow. More importantly though it is building a base for CIS.
“We haven’t been overly strong in the past, but we are building,” he said.
“We’ve got six of this side coming back next year so we expect them to be great for us.”
ACT coach Steve Collins said his side has prepared well with a 10 week training period.
“We’re lucky we can prepare that well because we have such a small area around Canberra,” Collins said.
However, the small population (around 300,000) is also a major problem for the side.
“We don’t have the depth,” Collins said.
He thought fullback Sebastian Kris and backrower Joel Ambrose have been standouts.