St Teresa's Catholic College First XV players Ethan Pohlner, Leo Langbridge and Christian Vidic.
St Teresa's Catholic College First XV players Ethan Pohlner, Leo Langbridge and Christian Vidic.

CRUNCH TIME: St Teresa’s, Siena hunt grand final berth

The hunt for a spot in the schoolboys rugby union decider has gone down to the wire, with two schools facing must-win clashes in the final round.

Sunshine Coast Grammar have already done enough to seal their spot in the U18 First XV grand final, on an undefeated roll heading into Round 6 on Wednesday.

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However, the race to snap up the last spot in the Garth Hunt Shield decider is still wide open, with Siena Catholic College and St Teresa's Catholic College neck and neck.

Both head into the final round of the Sunshine Coast Secondary Schools Rugby Union competition on Wednesday equal on points with only one loss apiece.

Siena will battle Good Shepherd Lutheran College (5.30pm) while St Teresa's take on Grammar (4.30pm).

St Teresa's coach Jourdan Linthorne said while his charges were facing the might of Grammar they were excited geared up for "must-win" challenge.

St Teresa's Leo Langbridge. Picture: Patrick Woods
St Teresa's Leo Langbridge. Picture: Patrick Woods

"Grammar has always been a powerhouse on the Coast, it's undeniable that they have the strongest team on paper working into the season every year," he said.

"It's going to be a hard game but all it takes is for Grammar not to show up or think they've got it easy because they're (undefeated).

"We can win any game on our day, all it takes is the right things to go in and for us to play to our own strengths and strategies.

"They know it's an opportunity to be had and know it can go one of two ways. They have the power within themselves and the power within their own abilities to set a platform and let the game do its thing."

Sunshine Coast Grammar First XV player Louis Werchon.
Sunshine Coast Grammar First XV player Louis Werchon.

St Teresa's took out the Division 2 championship last year.

Linthorne had been proud of their efforts against top tier sides this year and said earning a spot in the decider would be an amazing feat.

"I've coached these boys since they were in Year 8 when they first came to school and it's been great to see that progression," he said.

"To finish on a high note of a grand final for some would mean everything.

"For lot of them it would mean that years of hard work mean something and also that Year 12 kind of had (a) happy ending point.

"(Due to COVID-19) they don't get schoolies, their graduation is up in the air and their formal went, so it's (rugby union) something they can look forward to."

While a spot for the grand final is up for grabs, the top four teams in the U18 competition will get to play on the finals day.

First will play second for the Garth Hunt Shield while third and fourth will play off to round out the year.



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