St Patrick’s Sam Dugdale makes a tackle at Jack Stokes Oval.
St Patrick’s Sam Dugdale makes a tackle at Jack Stokes Oval.

Rocky rolls former champions

ST Patrick's Primary School put up a tough fight against rivals Frenchville State School in the quarter finals of the Australian Rugby League Development Cup yesterday at Jack Stokes Oval but couldn't quite make the mark.

The St Patrick's Year 7 team and 2012 Wide Bay Champions lost 26-0 to the Rockhampton School, which coach Eric Ellems said were "bigger and stronger" than them.

"They were a pretty good side.

"They were well-drilled," he said.

Ellems said, regardless of the final score, the St Patrick's boys could still hold their heads high.

He said the score wasn't a good indication of the way the team played and the game itself was a much closer match-up than the 26-point deficit on the scoreboard showed.

"The end score didn't really reflect the way they played," Ellems said.

"We had a talk on the bus before the game and we said that the main thing to focus on was to being able to walk away from the game with their heads held high and that's what they did."

He said he was proud of the defence the team held up throughout the entire game and credited Nick Ellems and Ryan Skinner with hard tackles.

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