Clermont Senior High School under-15s put in a solid effort in the second half but couldn’t get the better of Moranbah, who came away as victors.
Clermont Senior High School under-15s put in a solid effort in the second half but couldn’t get the better of Moranbah, who came away as victors.

School boys meet well-drilled side

ON Wednesday, June 22, the Clermont Senior High School under-15 rugby union team travelled to Moranbah SHS as part of the Central Highlands School Boy Competition.

The home team started off in blistering form, running four tries past a shellshocked Clermont to take a 22-0 lead into the break.

But the Clermont boys, who appeared to be travelling light and up against a very well-drilled opponent, woke up in the second-half to produce some promising periods of rugby.

Jesse Johnson scored the visitors’ first try after a big run up the middle of the paddock by Lachlan Andrews that split the Moranbah defence for the first time.

After a period of solid phase play, Clermont managed to convert pressure into points for a second time with Blain Johnson running in to score.

But Moranbah soon found themselves back on the front-foot and ran in several more tries through a tiring Clermont defence.

The never-give-up attitude of Clermont’s Man of the Match, halfback Tom Brit, coupled with some strong forward play resulted in Brit running in the final try of the game next to the posts.

Moranbah left the field with a well deserved 39-15 victory.

“The team did the school really proud with good sportsmanship and hard defensive hitting,” Clermont SHS spokesperson Josh Grant said.

“The boys looked exceptional in their new school jerseys which they had fundraised hard to purchase with the assistance of Kurt and Jackie Andrews who donated funds.

“Queensland Rugby Union and Xstrata Coal must also be thanked for donating the other half of the costs.”

Grant said the boys were “really looking forward” to their next match against Blackwater SHS in Emerald next school term.


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