Claver poised to cause boilover in semis

ST PETER Claver College firsts head into the Confraternity semi-finals in Townsville tomorrow in the perfect position to cause a boilover.

SPCC remains undefeated after the opening two days. Today is rest day before they have to take on the might of Ignatius Park tomorrow on their home turf.

Claver started the tournament well on Monday, claiming 11 from a possible 12 after defeating St Patrick's College Mackay 22-6 and Padua College 28-0.

The only blemish was conceding a 6-4 half-time lead to St Pat's. Early results are vital because it is after the third game that the teams are graded.

When they beat Emmaus College 36-12 yesterday morning it meant they went into the quarter finals as the number one seed.

Part of the reason was that, having finished second last year they were top seed in their pool, which didn't included heavyweights Ignatius Park and St Brendan's Colleges.

SPCC then won their quarter final 22-4 over St Augustine's College, Cairns yesterday afternoon.

"The boys have certainly played well," SPCC coach Todd Riggs said.

Ignatius Park beat SPCC in last year's final and while it will be a big ask to knock them off this year, Riggs believes his team can do it.

"Iggy Park can be rolled," Riggs said.

"They're a quality side so we'll have to be at our absolute best to beat them."

Giving Riggs some confidence is the defence his team displayed in the second half of its win yesterday over Padua.

Whatever happens tomorrow, Riggs is proud and delighted with the behaviour, as much as the on-field efforts of his team. "Their attitude off the field has been excellent and they've been spot-on with their preparation," the coach said.

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