The ACT Under 16’s have clinched fourth spot at the national championships on Friday after going down to Queensland White, 34-14 at Riverview on Sydney’s North Shore.
After flying through the qualifying rounds with wins over the Melbourne Rebels and Sydney and a gutsy loss to Queensland Red, the young Brumbies faced their final hurdle against Queensland White in front of a vocal crowd.
The earlier 29-25 win over Sydney and the 21-13 victory over Melbourne gave the Brumbies plenty of momentum heading into the third-place play-off, but the Queenslanders had other ideas eventually running in some classy tries to claim third place.
Not since the days of Saia and Anthony Faingaa back in 2002 and 2003 has a Brumbies side demonstrated such tight defence or finesse in attack at an Under 16’s national carnival. ACT Head Coach Russell Ingram was thrilled with his team’s efforts.
“This is a great group we’ve taken away and I’m really pleased with the way they’ve stuck in there for each other. There is more than one of these players who are battling injuries and probably on their last legs, but they’re all sticking in there for each other,” Ingram said.
“I can’t get them off the field. It’s been an impressive tournament for the boys and they can take a lot away from it in terms of personal and professional development.
“We probably weren’t given a lot of chance to beat a team like Sydney, while Melbourne and the Queensland sides are always very strong.”
The ACT Under 16’s return to Canberra over the weekend. NSW Schools face Queensland Red in the final.
For more information contact Russell Ingram on 0414 425 970.