Ipswich combination prepares for AIC acid test
ST EDMUND'S College's 1st XV rugby team faces arguably the biggest match in its history tomorrow.
A win over undefeated Associated Independent Colleges leaders Iona College could deliver the school the coveted AIC title.
The AIC competition hangs on a knife's edge heading into this weekend's round.
St Edmund's lost their first game of the competition last week to St Peter's Lutheran College.
Iona is the only undefeated team and only beat St Peters by a point, so the Ipswich school has every reason to be confident.
Coach David Miles is also confident they can't play as badly as they did last weekend.
"We're a bit bruised and battered," Miles said.
"We're struggling a bit injury-wise. But we're keen to make amends for last week.
"We made a lot of early errors and were our own worst enemy."
Last week's loss followed the previous week's win over Marist Brothers Ashgrove.
It was the Ipswich school's second win over the Ashgrove firsts in 14 years, so a letdown the following week was to be expected.
"That's what we saw," Miles said.
Now the challenge is to get up for a game that could decide the title.
Iona is undefeated but play St Peter's after St Edmund's.
Eddies play lesser lights Padua and Villanova colleges.
Essentially, this is their grand final.
"If our defence is right, our attack takes care of itself," Miles said. "If we can work on the little things, we've got the firepower to beat anyone."
That comes in the shape of fullback Clifton Setu and powerful centre combination Jake Turpin and Rory Humphreys.
If they can get quality front foot ball, Miles is confident St Edmund's can win the match and make it through the season with just the one loss.
If that happens and St Peter's go down to Ashgrove next week, it would be enough for St Edmund's to secure an historical title, having been joint winners in 2011.
But first, the Eddies pack has to match that of Iona's.
Iona's strength is it's dominance at the breakdown, on the back of Australian Schoolboys open-side flanker Brad Wilkins
"Iona's a very good team," Miles said.
"They do the simple things well. If we don't match their pressure and enthusiasm, we'll be in trouble."
The match starts at 3.15pm at St Edmund's College.