Ipswich State High topples state champs
IN POSSIBLY the biggest win for an Ipswich school, the Ipswich State High's open firsts rugby league side has stormed back into Queensland Super Six title contention.
Ipswich upset defending state champions Palm Beach Currumbin 10-4 at Purga with a massive defensive effort.
The win puts Ipswich second on the ladder following a win and a loss in the opening two rounds.
The win followed coach Lee Addison's bold call to blood four newcomers to the team, following its 22-4 last round loss to Wavell High.
Wavell High had drawn with Palm Beach Currumbin earlier so Ipswich appeared vulnerable, with Jessie Zampech (wing), Kea Pere (wing), Monson Lang Sui (prop) and Bailey Payne (hooker) making their debuts at this level
"In my head I was asking, 'Has this team got the mental fortitude to fight back from defeat and grind one out?'" Addison said of his doubts before the match.
The question was answered as Ipswich scored a try in each half, both from dummy half scoots, to PBC's lone first half four-pointer.
Ipswich's try scorers were centre Kiko Manu and Kalani Ili, with Ili and his second row partner Raiden Fonoti drawing praise from their coach.
It was a match that highlighted the Ipswich team's defensive improvement, as PBC did not knock a ball on all match.
The visitors completed 86 percent of sets, compared to Ipswich's 59 percent.
But now he has the defence to repel the best in the state, Addison knows he has something valuable to build on.
"Our attack will come in good time," Addison said.
Ipswich hosts Marsden State High at Purga on Wednesday in round four of the Super Six competition.