The ACT Schoolboys have gone down in a tight match with QLD II at the National Championships at Riverview on Monday morning, 31-19.
After sticking with the Queenslanders for the majority of the game, two crucial errors proved the difference in their first match of the tournament.
Coach Adam Fahey said his side would have to regroup before their next match with NSW I on Wednesday morning.
“I was pleased with the effort and the commitment of the boys, they stuck in there and could have come away with a win,” Fahey said.
“Queensland always pose a massive threat and often there’s not a lot of difference in quality between their I and II teams.
“A couple of crucial errors cost us in the end. We tried to run it out of our own half and then a couple of lapses in defence were the only things which separated us from them.
“The game against NSW on Wednesday is a great opportunity for these guys to play some quality rugby against a very good side.”
ACT scrumhalf Joe Powell was outstanding, claiming two tries and taking advantage of the good metres his forwards were making.
He was joined by skipper Andrew Robinson, Neori Nadruku, Keith Morgan and Montana O'Neill as the ACT’s best.
The Australian Schoolboys side will be picked at the conclusion of the tournament.
QLD II 31 bt ACT 19 (Joe Powell 2, Andrew Robinson tries; Jamie Bodman 2 cons).