Marist XV up for challenge

STEPPING UP: Marist College under-15s hope to back up their grand final win from last year as First XV members.
STEPPING UP: Marist College under-15s hope to back up their grand final win from last year as First XV members. Contributed

ACCORDING to Marist College rugby union coach Jim Fabish, Sunday will be the first time the school has run out a First XV.

Marist debuted in the Rockhampton Secondary School competition and won the Year 10s division, playing Firsts is a different kettle of fish however.

With the majority of his Firsts in Year 11, Fabish views it as a step up in size and class, but not something beyond his side's capabilities.

"Skill-wise I know we will match them," Fabish said.

"We won the comp last year and have some great players out here.

"We are playing St Brendan's this week who are a predominantly rugby league side but they will still have some quality rugby players.

"If we keep it tight in the forwards, pick and drives and beat them with the skills from playing rugby out here we will be fine."

Rockhampton Grammar will start as favourites and field two teams, with Emmaus College, Cathedral College, St Brendan's and Marist rounding it out.

Trials and selection numbers have been great for both grades, unfortunately Marist will be without the services of four of their best, Will Mohr, Harry Hooper, Tim Faingaanuku and Cabel Cheal away with Gold Cup.

Fabish and under-15s coach Eddie Ross knows they are a loss, but have able replacements.

"Those boys would have made a different and we will miss them, but the boys are ready," Fabish said.

"Grade 10s kick off at 12pm and Firsts about 1.15pm, any support would be really appreciated."

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