Upsets galore as Schoolboys final four confirmed
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Upsets galore as Schoolboys final four confirmed
Surprise results, tries aplenty and quality players putting on quite a show … today’s NRL Schoolboys Cup quarter-finals had a bit of everything.
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QF4: Hills Sports High 46 d Holy Cross College 18
Hills Sports High cruised into the NRL Schoolboys Cup semi-finals on the back of a 28-point demolition of Holy Cross College.
It was not an unexpected win, with the top ranked school taking on the eighth. But the margin was a massive surprise.
The game was over by halftime as Hills piled on 40 points without conceding.
NRL Schoolboys semifinal draw
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Hills Sports v Erindale College
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Holy Cross won the second half 18-6, but it hardly mattered in the end
A trio of tries from second rower Angus Gray, fullback Cameron Kanaan and right center Michael Gabriel simply made the scoreline more respectable.
Gabriel’s try was particularly impressive, with the young player storming the length of the pitch, out-running Hills Sports second rower Liam Aarons.
Knowing their semi-final spot was in the bag in the first half, Hills Sports treated the second half as a finals warm-up.
It was Hills Sports’ impressive footwork and clean teamwork that landed them seven consecutive tries from left wing Siaosi Kiliti, prop Vena Putaki-Case, right wing Alaa Lababidi, fullback Blake Metcalfe, second rower Harry Hassett and Lorenzo Talataina, who landed two.
Kiliti was particularly on fire, with his pure speed and teamwork setting up multiple tries.
QF3: Westfields Sports High 28 d St Dominic’s College 16
A devastating second half performance from Westfields Sports High School has secured them a spot in the NRL Schoolboys Cup semi-finals.
It was certainly a game of two halves, but it was Westfields’ winning half which mattered most.
Trailing 16-6 after the first 30 minutes, Westfields hit back hard to claim 22 unanswered points in the second half.
Fullback Luke Laulilii’s try on the halftime whistle sparked the comeback, with Westfields scoring four more after that.
Hooker Tallyn Da Silva converted his own try while left wing Will Craig added a double to give them a 22-16 lead with four minutes remaining.
Second rower Solomone Saukuru iced the victory late on with a converted try.
Westfields coach Troy Weeden praised the efforts of ‘outstanding’ Denzel Schaafhausen Mino.
“He came off the bench and relieved a bit of pressure for us.”
St Dominic’s College started with a bang but were simply overwhelemed.
QF2: Erindale College 26 – 22 Patrician Brothers Blacktown
Erindale College’s 16 point thrilling comeback secured their 26-22 win over Patrician Brothers Blacktown in the quarter-finals of the Peter Mulholland Cup.
It was set to be an exciting game, with pool A’s winless Patrician Brothers Blacktown taking on top qualifier Erindale College.
Despite trailing 22-10 at half time, Erindale clawed its way back, scoring 16-unanswered points in the final 30 minutes.
Watch the replay of the NRL Schoolboy Cup quarter finals – Patrician Brothers Blacktown v Erindale College
The Canberra side can thank the relentless effort and impeccable skill of Regan Carr for their unexpected comeback.
Putting six points to his name in the first half was only a warm up for the Australian Secondary Schoolboys player, adding another eight in the second.
It was two conversions and a four-pointer from the school’s captain in the final 10 minutes that flipped the score on its head, with Erindale taking a 26-22 lead.
The efforts from Peter Soward, hooker Xavier Cacciotti and Will O’Malley cannot go amiss, with their tries having propelled Erindale to tie up the game at 22-22 late in the second half.
Jordan Faleono is calimed by the Erindale defence. Picture: Jonathan Ng
The win was even more impressive, having landed a semi-final spot without their coach Ash Barnes in attendance.
Barnes said he is incredibly proud of the boys’ resilience and how they, and the staff ‘stepped up’ without him there.
Despite suffering another loss, Patrician Brothers Blacktown should not be disheartened, with the Sydney side proving they deserved their position in the top eight.
The school performed as a team of stars, and working as a tight unit, led the first half by 12 points, courtesy of tries from right wing Samuela Latu, five-eighth Wilson DeCourcey and left wing Ben Zahra.
QF1: Patrician Brothers, Fairfield 30 d Endeavour Sports High 10
Patrician Brother Fairfield advanced to the NRL Schoolboys Cup semi-finals after beating Endeavour Sports 30-10 in a thrilling game.
It certainly was exciting, with the Campbelltown Stadium crowd kept on their toes for the entire game.
In what seemed like an equal contest, it was a trio of tries in the final minutes that sealed the win for Patties.
Fullback Junior Fagalele, hooker Yehya Ayache and second rower Joshua Aihazim all crossed late on to put the game to bed.
Replay: NRL Schoolboy Cup quarter finals – Endeavour Sports High v Patrician Brothers Fairfield
It was far from an easy ride for Patties and scoreline didn’t do Endeavour justice.
Sixteen-year-old Australian Secondary Schoolboys representative Chevy Stewart kept Endeavour in contention with some outstanding defence and scoring his school’s only six points in the second half.
His influence did not stop there either, with Stewart getting the crowd to their feet as he showed off his speed storming the length of the pitch.
The efforts of Zaidas Muagututia, who scored Endeavour’s only four-pointer in the first half, must be applauded as well.
PREVIEW: Get ready for five hours of NRL Schoolboys excitment
The NRL Schoolboys Cup finals series has arrived.
Eight schools remain in the hunt for the ultimate glory in schoolboys rugby league, with a blockbuster quarter-finals day of action.
Six hours of non-stop NRL Schoolboys Cup action will be exclusively live streamed from Campbeltown Stadium by KommunityTV.
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