The under-14 rugby match where Central Highlands won. Photo Andrew Beard / CQ News
The under-14 rugby match where Central Highlands won. Photo Andrew Beard / CQ News Andrew Beard

Central Highlands rugby union U14s defeat Rockhampton side

THE pace was fast and hard in the under-14 game between Central Highlands and Rockhampton Grammar.

Rockhampton travelled to Emerald for the annual Grammar Day with two teams from the Central Highlands playing against Grammar.

"Grammar played a very well structured game with their forwards combining well and maintaining possession," U14 coach Ben Marshall said.

"Their pick and drives made great yards down the park with CH struggling to stop the Grammar Boys.

"If you were an old forward watching the game it was pure poetry in motion."

Marshall said the CH U14 side had been thrown together that day, with a couple of players having their first try at rugby.

"The forwards really struggled at first against the structure of the Grammar but as the game progressed really started to make the Grammar boys work," he said.

"There was a lot of footy left in the game at half time as the score sat at  13- 7 with Will Paki having scored both tries.

"The second half kicked off with even more intensity."

Marshall said all the players were playing well with Paki, Damon Gale and Zac Turner outstanding in the attacking raids.

"The game was still in balance as both teams were going try for try," he said.

"The real turning point came late in the third quarter when Grammar had pressured the CH try line for an eternity and were awarded a five-yard scrum.

"From the ensuing scrum, CH won the tight head and really broke the resolve of the Grammar team."

The final score was 38 -17 with Will Paki getting a hat trick, Damon Gale scoring two and Max Marshall one try.

The forward pack of Max Marshall, Cody Mott, Josh Jocim and Jack Phelan all stood out Marshall said but added everyone played well.

"Darcy Schwarz in his first game of rugby had a great game and really enjoyed the experience," he said.

"Dylan Johnson also in his first game of rugby, played like a veteran at half back in the last quarter.

"Things are looking really exciting for the upcoming country muster being played in Emerald in July.

"It was a great hit out for the boys. They were all pumped after the game and really enjoyed it."

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