QLD and NSW square off in Novotel Australian schools rugby championships final

by Staff Writer

Queensland will look to continue its dominance in the Novotel Australian Schools Rugby Championships when they compete for a seventh-straight title this Saturday.

Queensland I will meet New South Wales I in the Novotel Australian Schools Rugby Championship final tomorrow, after topping their pools in Division I of the tournament.

The Division I final will be played at St. Ignatius’ College, Riverview at 1pm on Saturday, 7 July.

In other Division I finals, Victoria will take on Combined States, Australian Capital Territory face Western Australia and New South Wales II will meet Queensland II.

Prior to the Novotel Australian Schools Rugby Championship final, the Presidents XV will take on Tongan Schools at 11:30am.

Yesterday South Australia wrapped up the Division II title after securing a narrow 19-17 win over the National Indigenous side.

The South Australian’s emerged victorious thanks to the boot of Chris Hodgson who slotted two of three conversion attempts, one more than his National Indigenous counterpart Steven Tracey who kicked just one from three attempts.

The additional conversion was all that was required to hand South Australia the title, breaking the stranglehold of the National Indigenous side who had claimed the Division II Championship for the past two years.

With all Division II games now completed Saturday will see the teams go head-to-head in a knock out Sevens competition with South Australia facing Northern Territory and National Indigenous playing Tasmania at 9am.

Fans are encouraged to come along and watch the future stars of Australian Rugby in action.

Entry to the ground is free and gates will open at 7:30am.

NOVOTEL AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 3 RESULTS

Division I:

Game 15 (Pool B)

WA 27 def.

Combined States 12

WA tries - Johnny Van Der Wielen, Mitchell Short, Blake Phillips, Kylan Yoxall.

WA conversions - Tim Koiatu (2).

WA penalty goal - Koiatu.

Combined States tries - Jack Heenan, Sam Gerry-Burgess.

Combined States conversion - Will Paterson.

Game 16 (Pool A)

ACT 12 def.

VIC 10

ACT tries - Andrew Robinson, Washington Underwood.

ACT conversion - Mitchell Tye.

VIC try - Bill Valentini.

VIC conversion - Niua Puaka.

VIC penalty goal – Puaka.

Game 17 (Pool B)

QLD I 13 def.

NSW II 10

QLD I tries - Gareth Kalell, Sam Greene, Monty Ioane.

QLD I penalty goal - Sam Greene.

NSW I try - Jack McCalman.

NSW I conversion - John Porch.

NSW I penalty goal – Porch.

Game 18 (Pool A)

NSW I 22 def.

QLD II 8

NSW I tries - Rory O’Connor, Mitchell Whiteley, Andrew Kellaway.

NSW I conversions - Tom Wilson.

NSW I penalty goal – Wilson.

QLD II try - Markus Vanzati.

QLD II penalty goal - Mitch Third.

Final Standings

Pool A – NSW I (9), QLD II (5), ACT (5), VIC (0)

Pool B – QLD I (9), NSW II (6), WA (5), CS (0).

Division II:

Game 13

NT 31 def.

TAS 15

NT tries - Jarred Deo, Scott McDimmy, Tyrone Cannell, Ryan McMurray (2).

NT conversions - Bryce Condon (3).

TAS tries - Samuelu Lopa, Matthew Sproule.

TAS conversion - Sproule.

TAS penalty goal – Sproule.

Game 14

SA 19 def.

National Indigenous 17

SA tries - Stewart Nutt, Matthew Bautz, Ethan Vili.

SA conversions - Chris Hodgson (2).

National Indigenous tries - Arthur Currie, David Green, Carun Anderson.

National Indigenous conversion - Steven Tracey.

Final Standings

South Australia (9), National Indigenous (6), Northern Territory (5), Tasmania (0)

Championship Finals

0815

VIC v Combined States

Second Field

0900

Division II Sevens Knock out

1. South Australia v Northern Territory

2. National Indigenous v Tasmania

L 1 v L 2

W 1 v W 2

Third Field

0930

ACT v WA

Second Field

1015

NSW II v QLD II

First Field

1130

Presidents XV v Tongan Schools

First Field

1300

Championship Final

QLD I v NSW I

First Field

1415

Players move to Championship Presentation

Ramsay Hall – Seating for 600

1430

Championship Presentation Commences

1545

Championship Presentation Concludes

Briefing of ASRU Teams

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